Indonesian language

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Indonesian
Bahasa Indonesia
Native to

Indonesia

East Timor (as a "working language")
Native speakers 23 million  (2000)[1]
Over 140 million L2 speakers
Language family
Writing system Latin (Indonesian alphabet)
Official status
Official language in Indonesia
Regulated by Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa
Language codes
ISO 639-1 id
ISO 639-2 ind
ISO 639-3 ind

Indonesian language (Indonesian/Malay: Bahasa Indonesia) is the official and national language of Indonesia. Indonesian is a standardized form of the Malay language, and it's spoken in Indonesia. And has considerable differences between the standard Malay spoken in Malaysia and the Malays living in Thailand and Singapore.

It is spoken as a second language or first by most natives living in the country, because they use a regional one (such as Javanese). However, Indonesia's education, media and communication all use Bahasa Indonesia.

The language's official name is Bahasa Indonesia (language of Indonesia), which is also used in English. It also referred to as "Indonesian".

References[change | edit source]

  1. Indonesian at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)