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Bahasa Indonesian as a native language


Hi everyone! I seem to get contradictory answers to this question so I'd like to hear your opinion: Do many Indonesians speak Bahasa Indonesia as their native language (ie they speak it at home)? Does it vary from one place to the other? Do young people use the language more than their parents?





Hello Pierre. Glad to know that you are interested to learn Indonesian (Bahasa). Regarding to your question; actually Indonesia has five big islands (Sumatera, Kalimantan, Jawa, Sulawesi, Papua islands). In each island there are many provinces which has their own vernacular though they just use the vernacular in home or in therir community internally. Meanwhile, they still use Indonesian (Bahasa) in public matters.


anyway, why you are interested to study Indonesian (Bahasa)?


I find Indonesian culture very exotic and interesting (probably because I don't know much about it), and I feel I will learn alot about it by learning the language. It seems like a very enriching experience!


But is Indonesian only used for public matters or is it also used on a day to day basis? Do many people actually speak it as their native language?


Hello pierre ,'re right, Indonesia is very exotic and interesting , there are more than 1000 tribes within 400 indigenous languages . 17.508 island. and more surprised from indonesia country . 

iam beginner for english language , and with my pleasure i want to teach you bahasa indonesia. good luck .. my skype account = ibnubahri

Hey Pierre.... I'm so glad to know that you interest to learn bahasa Indonesia... as Axa n karim said, we actually have some language, it depends on our tribe, just like me from Makassar (South Sulawesi), I'm Makassarese and I speak Makassar language at home and to others who know makassar language.

But if I meet the another tribe such as Javanese, Sundanese, buginese, etc, I use Bahasa Indonesia as unity language... "Kami bangsa Indonesia mengaku berbahasa satu, bahasa Indonesia" Laughing
and the other hand,,,, because you haven't able to speak Bahasa Indonesia yet, so I speak english.Smile

just come then you will know how is indonesia very exotic and interesting :))


Thanks to everyone for taking the time to answer!

All indonesian people can speak bahasa, you can use in all country in indoensia from Sabang (Sabang is a City consisting of an island (Weh Island) and several smaller islands off the northern tip of sumatra. The islands form a regency within AcehSpecial Region,Indonesia.) to Merauke (Merauke is a city considered to be one of the easternmost city in Indonesia, located in Merauke Regency, Papua province, Indonesia 


In big cities, Indonesian Language used on a daily basis. Sometimes mixed with their traditional languages and ugly slang words.


For my case, My Mom came from Riau and My Dad came from Padang. Each of them has their own traditional language, so they speak to each other in Indonesian.

And since I was born and raised in Bandung, West Java, I wasn't raised by my parents traditional language. So we communicate with Indonesian Language everyday.

Yes, we speak Indonesian language everyday even at home

hey, Pierre.. just saw your question, and it's actually an interisting question,
Indonesia is very big country and has many islands and places that have their own vernacular. In my island west nusa Tenggara (NTB) there are a few of ethnic groups that speak their vernacular and don't speak any single word in Indonesian, they don't even understand it. especially for those who live in rural places, but they do interaction with people in the city when they need to shop their needs, fortunately they have the translator (the one who understands their language :D) . But mostly, Indonesian is used as general language and i do speak Indonesian at home, because my family come from different ethnicity, mom is from Java, dad is from Riau (sumatra island), my other family members are from West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

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