#Bahasa Indonesia Lesson.

Bahasa = language
Indonesia = name of the country.
Bahasa Indonesia = a national language of Indonesia.

Bahasa Indonesia is a Lingua Franca since Indonesia has 34 provinces. Each province has several ethnic groups. Each ethnic group has a different language or dialect. Even in one ethnic group they speak different dialects and use different words to express similar things. It seems complicated, isnt it? Dont worry, I let you know this fact to understand formal words, informal words, which words should you use, etc.


(sample sentence):
Do you speak bahasa?
= Incomplete, not clear. It should be:
Do yo speak Bahasa Indonesia?

Apakah anda bisa bahasa?
Incomplete and not clear (what language? Indonesia? English? France? etc.).

It should be:
Apakah anda bisa berbahasa Indonesia? or Apakah anda bisa Bahasa Indonesia?



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