Indonesia has over 700 different languages and dialects that are spoken throughout the country, and Indonesian is the national language and lingua franca that brings the entire country together. Almost everyone in Indonesia speaks Indonesian, which is known as Bahasa Indonesia, but not all Indonesians speak it as their primary language. However, all government paperwork, educational material, and media use Indonesian to conduct their official business.
The Indonesian language is a standardized register of Classical Malay which can be traced as far back as the 7th century. Although it is very similar to its Malaysian language roots, differences in spelling and pronunciation can be attributed to outside influences from other cultures who have settled within and around the country.
In the 1930s the Indonesian language began to be standardized, and in 1945 it became the official language of Indonesia. From there its use in all official documents, media, and schools became widespread. Many people who live in Indonesia today combine aspects of the national Indonesian language with their own local dialects so that what is spoken on the streets does not always match up with proper vocabulary formats.
If you are planning to visit Indonesia soon you will want to brush up on your Indonesian language skills quickly and effectively. While the easiest way to learn any language is to immerse yourself in the country so that you’re forced to learn it many people now choose to learn via online podcast. Since you can learn at whatever rate you like a podcast is an especially good choice for people who want to learn the language faster than they could in a traditional classroom setting.
One of the best resources while using an online podcast is the recordings and videos that you will be given access to. Not only do they break up the monotony of learning how to speak Indonesian through reading, but they also give students a chance to hear the words they are trying to learn being spoken aloud. This is an easy way to find out if you are pronouncing Indonesian words correctly or not. In addition, you will learn common phrases that you can begin using immediately.
If you would like to learn another language but are unsure of which language you should start with, Indonesian is a good choice. With Indonesia being one of the most populated countries in the world, and Indonesian being one of the most spoken languages you will be among a large group of people who currently use the language in their everyday lives.