Ambel (galí Ambél)

Ambel is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken on the island of Waigeo, which is part of the Raja Ampat Regency in West Papua Province in eastern Indonesia. In particular it is spoken around Mayalibit Bay, and on the north coast of the island. About 1,600 people speak Ambel, most of whom are adults. Young people are shifting to Papuan Malay, although they understand Ambel.

Ambel is also known as Amber, Amberi, Siam, Waigeo or Waigiu. Native speakers call it galí Ambél (Ambel language), galí Mayá (Ma’ya language) or galí (language). There are two dialects: Metsam Ambel and Metnyo Ambel.

Ambel alphabet and pronunciation

Ambel alphabet and pronunciation


Ambel is a tonal language with a high tone, which can be indicated with an acute accent (á), and a low tone, which can be indicated with a grave accent (à).

Download an Ambel alphabet chart (Excel)

Sample video in Ambel

Information about Ambel | Numbers


Information about Ambel

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Alorese, Ambai, Ambel, Anuki, Balinese, Bambam, Banjarese, Batuley, Bengkulu, Biak, Bima, Bugis, Bushi, Chamorro, Duri, Fijian, Fordata, Gayo, Iban, Indonesian, Javanese, Kei, Kerinci, Komering, Lamaholot, Lampung, Ledo Kaili, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mamasa, Mandar, Mandar, Mbula, Mentawai, Minangkabau, Mualang, Musi, Ngaju, Nias, Ogan, Palauan, Sasak, Selaru, Sumbawa, Sundanese, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Ulumandaʼ, Urak Lawoi’, Wamesa, Yamdena

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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