Wamesa is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 5,000 people in West Papua Province of Indonesian. In particular, it is spoken in the Windesi and Sougb Jaga districts of tahe Teluk Wondama Regency, and in the Teluk Bintuni Regency in the southeast of the Bird's Head or Deberai Peninsula.

Wamesa is also known as Wandamen, Windesi, Windessi, Wendesi, Bintuni, Bentoeni or Wondama. Dialects include Windesi, Bintuni and Wandamen. It is considered an endangered language as people are passing it on to their children, who are more likely to speak Papuan Malay.

Wamesa alphabet and pronunciation

Wamesa alphabet and pronunciation


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Information about the Wamesa language

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Alorese, Amarasi, Ambai, Ambel, Anuki, Balinese, Bambam, Banjarese, Batuley, Bengkulu, Biak, Bima, Bugis, Bushi, Chamorro, Dawan, Duri, Fijian, Fordata, Galoli, 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, Tetum, Tii, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Ulumandaʼ, Urak Lawoi’, Wamesa, Western Rote, Yamdena

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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