Indonesia Language
Simple and Easy to Learn

The official language in Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia or Indonesia language. Many foreigners call it Bahasa, although bahasa means language. Hence, correctly speaking it should be Bahasa Indonesia.

Since Indonesia is an archipelago, each area develops their own local language. We have hundreds of local language across Indonesia. For example, if you explore Sunda, you will meet many Sundanese, who speaks basa Sunda (Sunda language). When you travel to the central and east Java, the locals speak Java language. But, if you travel Indonesia, don’t worry about that, you will survive even if you only know little bits of Indonesian words, because most of us can speak Indonesian language fluently.

Indonesian language is a very simple language. For example, unlike English, it doesn’t have past tense, past perfect, present tense, future tense, etc. Hence, its verb never changes to reflect past, present or future time. We simply add an adverb to show the time of occurrence in any sentence.

We change the verb by adding preposition in the beginning or at the end of the verb. When it happens, often the first character of the verb adjusts to smoothen the vocalization. The preposition also differentiates active and passive sentence.

For example, below is the active sentences in english translated into Indonesia language. Look closely at the adverb that shows the time.

I sing a song.
I sang a song yesterday.
I am singing a song.
I will sing a song tomorrow.

Saya menyanyikan sebuah lagu.
Kemarin saya menyanyikan sebuah lagu.
Saya sedang menyanyikan sebuah lagu.
Besok saya akan menyanyikan sebuah lagu.

Second example, the preposition me- in active sentences is changed to di- when we change from active to passive sentences.

Ben visits a friend.
A friend is visited by Ben.

Ben mengunjungi seorang teman.
Seorang teman dikunjungi oleh Ben.

In the second example, the original verb is "kunjung" (to visit), we add a preposition "me-" and suffix "-i", but it becomes mengunjungi instead of mekunjungi. The first alphabet in the verb is changed to smoothen the word.

The pronunciation of bahasa Indonesia is also easy. Alphabetically, it is similar to German, except we don’t have any umlauts. Therefore, when you read something in Indonesian language, just read what is written. It is very likely you pronounce it correctly, although you don’t know what it means. This is true for grammatically correct Indonesian language. In practice, there are so many slang in this language. Indonesian tend to mix their mother tongue and local dialects when they speak. Hence, you might find it difficult to hear what they are saying.

Are you interested in learning Indonesia language? The key is to learn and familiarize yourself with lots of vocabulary. If you know lots of Indonesian words, then all you have to do is assemble them into a simple sentence containing subject, verb and object without worrying how to create past perfect tense. Here are the examples on how to say in Indonesia.

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