Indonesian is a normative form of the Malay language, an Austronesian (or Malayo-Polynesian) language which had been used as a lingua franca in the Indonesian archipelago for centuries, and was elevated to the status of official language with the Indonesian declaration of independence in 1945, drawing inspiration from …
What is the Indonesian language similar to?
As we all already know, Indonesian language are very similar with Malaysian language. Although the dialect and several of the words are different, Indonesian and Malaysian people can understand each other because of the similarity. Indonesian and Malaysian languages are both a form of modern Malay language.
What languages has Indonesian borrowed from?
Djenar says that of the various languages Bahasa Indonesia has borrowed from, most influences come from Sanskrit, Arabic, Hokkien, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, as well as several local dialects such as Javanese and Papuan.
How difficult is Indonesian?
It’s probably the easiest non-European language for English speakers. You will have to build your Indonesian vocabulary from scratch as there is little overlaps with English. On the other hand, words are relatively easy to pronounce and to memorize and Indonesian grammar is very easy.
Do Indonesian people speak Hindi?
Hindi is spoken as a national language in: India. Indonesian is spoken as a national language in: Indonesia.
Why does Indonesia not speak Dutch?
Dutch Language Was Too Hard For Indonesian People
Indonesian language and local Indonesian local language are relatively easier language to learn for Indonesian people. Dutch language with the difficult words and pronunciation was too hard for Indonesian people.
Does Indonesian speak English?
Indonesians speak Indonesian, but some Indonesians do speak English. How many Indonesians speak English is difficult to say however, perhaps 10% of Indonesians can speak English reasonably well, in fact some can speak fluently.