Want To Learn Indonesian?
Indonesia is a very popular country to visit in South East Asia. From the beautiful island of Bali to the hustle and bustle of Jakarta, there is a lot to see and experience in the country. Made up of over 17,000 islands, the people and languages of Indonesia are very diverse. One thing that unifies them all is the Indonesian language.
There are a total of 43 million native speakers of Indonesian with an additional group of 156 million who speak it as a second language. There are over 700 languages across the country and Indonesian works as a lingua franca and so is learned as a second language. It is very closely related to Malay, having derived from exactly the same roots. Like Malay, it is written using the Latin Alphabet.
The word order of Indonesian is SVO. However, sentence structure can be flexible and change in some ways. There are no grammatical genders as well as no cases. What Indonesian does use is a series of prefixes, suffixes, circumfixes, and infixes which are added to root words to change their meaning, though it often retain a similar meaning to the original word. One interesting aspect is the use of reduplication, where pluralized forms are created by repeating the noun twice.
If you are looking to visit Indonesia anytime soon, then you should take the time to learn Indonesian. These language skills are also transferable and with a bit of extra work, you can also learn to speak the Malay language too. Locals would be very grateful for anyone taking the time to learn the local language and many will be more than happy to help you with your pronunciation. Learning Indonesian is a great endeavour that you should try.