How to Say The Alphabet in Indonesian from A – Z with Complete Explanation

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Now I am going to show you how to say the alphabet in Indonesian. But before we continue to our main topic, let me tell the story of Indonesian Language first.

Most of Indonesian Language (Bahasa Indonesia in Indonesian) vocabularies are come natively from Malay. Bahasa is used for trade in the Indonesian archipelago. Bahasa Indonesia has also enriched its vocabulary from the local language and other foreign languages such as satria/ warrior (Sanskrit), sabtu/ Saturday (Arabic), meja/ table (Portuguese), buku/ book (Dutch), and pisau/ knife (Mandarin).

The first thing to do when learning a new language would be to learn the alphabet (huruf/ abjad in Bahasa). There are 26 letters used to represent the Modern Indonesian alphabet. These are the same letters in Bahasa that we used in the English. But mostly the pronunciation between these two languages are different. Bahasa spelling is very consistent. The letters are mostly pronounced as the are spelled and no letters are silent.

Here are the Indonesian alphabet with its small letter and its pronunciation. You can also check how to learn Indonesian Alphabets and A-Z Indonesian Words Pronounciation for more details information.

Aa[/td] [td]ah[/td] [td]Gg[/td] [td][/td] [td]Mm[/td] [td]em[/td] [td]Ss[/td] [td]es[/td] [td]Yy[/td] [td]

Bb[/td] [td][/td] [td]Hh[/td] [td]ha[/td] [td]Nn[/td] [td]en[/td] [td]Tt[/td] [td][/td] [td]Zz[/td] [td]set

Cc[/td] [td]ché[/td] [td]Ii[/td] [td]ee[/td] [td]Oo[/td] [td]oh[/td] [td]Uu[/td] [td]oo[/td] [td][/td] [td]

Dd[/td] [td][/td] [td]Jj[/td] [td][/td] [td]Pp[/td] [td][/td] [td]Vv[/td] [[/td] [td][/td] [td][/td][td]

Ee[/td] [td]é[/td] [td]Kk[/td] [td]ka[/td] [td]Qq[/td] [td]ki[/td] [td]Ww[/td] [td]wé[/td][/td] [td][/td][td]

Ff[/td] [td]ef[/td] [td]Ll[/td] [td]el[/td] [td]Rr[/td] [td]air[/td] [td]Xx[/td] [td]iks[/td] [td][/td] [td]

Since Indonesian conception in 1928 and Indonesian independence in 1945, the standard of Indonesian spelling has gone through significant spelling changes in the language. In 1947, the government’s Ministry of Education changed the Dutch-spelled “oe” into “u”.

However there was major change made in 1972 when Bahasa Indonesia went through a formal spelling reform which is known as Ejaan Yang Disempurnakan (EYD) which means The Enhanced Indonesian Spelling System or Perfected Spelling System in English.

The primary spelling changes in Bahasa those are:


Obsolete Spelling

Modern Spelling






















Some Indonesian names with the old spelling still can be found, for example: Soeharto, Djoko Soemarno, Tjandra, Chaerudin, and many others. Here are for more Indonesian Words in Alphabetical Order

Now you can have the change to listen to a video of a native Indonesian speaker recite the letters of the alphabets with the examples of Indonesian words and their meanings. The video lets you hear how each letter in Bahasa is spoken perfectly.

Congratulations! Now you can know how to say the Indonesian alphabet well.  Here are for more Learning Indonesian Alphabets

That’s all the explanations about how to say the Alphabet in Indonesian. I hope this article is useful for you as the first step to help you in knowing Bahasa Indonesia. Thank you for reading and good luck to you.