What Proportion of Chinese Indonesians Cannot Actually Speak Indonesian Today?

As a matter of fact, Chinese people have lived in the Indonesian archipelago since at least the 13th century. However, their population grew rapidly during the colonial period due to workers were contracted from their home provinces in southern China. The total population of Chinese Indonesian itself is estimated to be around 2,832,510 in 2010 […]

Are Indonesian and Malay Two Separate Languages?

People often mistaken Malay as the official language used in Malaysia. In fact, it is not entirely true. Malaysian is the official language of Malaysia. It is the standardized registers of the Malay language, so as Indonesian. Then, what is Malay? Malay is a major language of the Austronesian family spoken by more than 290 […]

Which ASEAN Languages Are Closest to the Filipino Languages Aside from Malay and Indonesian?

Let’s us start this topic with the explanation of Filipino languages themselves. All of us probably would have heard about Tagalog as one of the languages used in Philippines or even believe that it is the sole language there, but what about others? Or even is there any other languages? As a matter of fact, […]

Do You Think Indonesian Could Become An ASEAN Language? Here’s The Explanation

English currently is being adopted as the official language in most discussion forums and events held by ASEAN officials due to its ease in administrative and discussion processes. It is also used in every decision-making agenda, regional meeting, and charter agreement by the ministers of foreign affairs or the government leaders. English is chosen because […]

Do Indonesians Understand the Malay Language? Are They Language Sound The Same?

Do Indonesians understand the Malay language? The simplest answer is: Yes, they do. However, the understanding is only to a certain extent. Why is that? Let’s break it down so we can comprehend further about what make it different yet understandable. Historical The first and foremost thing we need to know is that Indonesian and […]