Is something in Indonesia is as vast as the number of islands
then it has to be Indonesia language. There are a staggering 583
different languages and dialect spoken in Indonesia.
The archipelagos in the
country carry different dialects of different islands of the
various provinces. The change in the dialect probably is
attributed to the presence of different ethnic groups in the
Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is regarded as the most spoken
language in Indonesia. This language is also considered as the
national language. Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia was rewarded
with this cibeted title after the liberation of the country in
1945. This language bears similarity to the language of Malay.
The script followed to
document this language is Roman and is based on European
Orthography. This language is followed as the medium for education
and official communication as well. Even the media in the country
uses Bahasa Indonesia as its official language. The language is
often referred to as Bahasa only by the foreigners though it means
only ‘language’ in general.
English is the most accepted foreign language and is presently
widely spoken. Other foreign language that has some presence in
the bigger cities is Dutch whereas French is slowly gaining
popularity especially in the bigger hotels and restaurants which
serves to the foreign clientele.
There are other different and distinct languages present in the
country as well. Some of these are: Acehnese, Sasak, Batak,
Sundanese, Ambonese, Javanese, Dayak, Minahasa, Tetum of Timor
Toraja, Buginese, Halmahera, Ceramese, and several other Irianese
languages. These different languages present the canvas of
different cultures in the country which is further enhanced by the
different dialects in which they are spoken.
The official language of Indonesia is often regarded as one of the
easiest foreign languages to learn for the foreigners. The
unsophisticated and regular grammar along with the easy phonology
has made it easier to learn the language.