The Indonesian language has absorbed many loanwords from other languages, Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Portuguese, Dutch, English, and other Austronesian languages.
What languages influenced Indonesian?
Vocabulary. Indonesian as a modern dialect of Malay has borrowed heavily from many languages, including : Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and many other languages, including other Austronesian languages.
What languages has Indonesia borrowed from?
Djenar says that of the various languages Bahasa Indonesia has borrowed from, most influences come from Sanskrit, Arabic, Hokkien, Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, as well as several local dialects such as Javanese and Papuan.
How many languages are spoken in Indonesia?
Over 300 different native languages are spoken in Indonesia.
Why does Indonesia not speak Dutch?
Dutch language policy failed to make Dutch an international language because of its lack of vision. There are fewer than 25 million Dutch speakers, in the Netherlands, Flanders, Suriname and the Caribbean. Had Indonesia become Dutch-speaking as well, there would be 300 million.
Should I learn Malay or Indonesian?
If you are more familiar with English, I would recommend you learning Malay as it has many English loanwords in contrast to Indonesian, which utilises Dutch loanwords. This being due to the fact that Malaysia was colonised by the British, and Indonesia by the Dutch.