Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world, also known for its many islands — with the total of 17,508 islands to be exact.
Indonesia is known to have at least 700 living languages being spoken across the country, however, the official language that is recognized by the country is Bahasa Indonesia.
Speaking of Bahasa Indonesia, let me convince you with five reasons why you should learn the language:
1. It is relatively easy!
Unlike other existing languages, Bahasa Indonesia does not contain any special characters (unlike French or Norwegian). Also, it does not require changes when it comes to saluting a certain gender (unlike English or German). Last but definitely not the least, when speaking Bahasa Indonesia, you do not need to worry about using a certain tone when pronouncing words in the language. Need more proof? You might want to refer to this Lexiophiles article, written by my colleague, Flora.
2. Chance to expand your social life
With more than 200 million of the country’s population, by being able to speak Bahasa Indonesia, it will open more opportunities and chances for you to expand your network and social life. I am sure that it will be a great and fun experience to make more friends that comes from different ethnic background and speaks different languages.
3. Easier travelling experience when visiting Indonesia
When it comes to visiting Indonesia, it is advisable for tourists to know a few words in Bahasa Indonesia for daily purposes. Not only to ask for road directions, but also, if you are lucky enough, you will be able to earn a reasonable bargained price when purchasing souvenirs or any other things, for instance when you are visiting tourist cities such as Yogyakarta or Denpasar.
4. Chance to travel to neighborhood countries of Indonesia
For your information, Bahasa Indonesia is not applicable in Indonesia, but also in other neighboring countries such as Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore. Although they might use different phrases in speaking language, Indonesia and the countries mentioned above basically has the same general idea and use of the language– in which it is familiarly known as Malay language.
5. It is a rewarding experience!
For fellow language lovers, it would be such a great feeling of accomplishment to be able to speak, understand or even master another language apart from our respective languages. Additionally, your CV might look much cooler with the range of various languages that you are able to understand and speak 😀
I really hope this article has given you enough encouragement to learn Bahasa Indonesia. In case you might be wondering about several Indonesian words, be sure to check out bab.la’s Indonesian language page at: http://www.babla.co.id/