Indonesian, or Bahasa Indonesia, is the national and official language of Indonesia. Though Indonesia is the 4th most populous country in the world, the archipelago nation is so culturally and ethnically diverse that there are over 740 languages spoken natively; Bahasa Indonesia is spoken natively by only about 23 million (one-tenth of the country’s population), but it is taught in schools as the national language and another 140 million speak it at L2.
Indonesian is an Austronesian language, a subset of the Malay language. Understanding Indo (a colloquial abbreviation Indonesians use often to refer to their language) has great benefits, in that Malay is easily understandable as well; this opens up doors, as Malay is a national language of Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia, also.
It’s not a super-tough language to learn, frankly. Especially if you are familiar with English, having no tenses and simple pluralizing rules are some other factors that make Indo an easier language. Some consider it about the easiest major language to learn, though that depends on your native language and other variables. Check out the alphabet and pronunciation guide HERE »
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