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Do you know that there are more than 700 native languages spoken in Indonesia?

In fact, with 731 languages spoken, Indonesia rank second just after Papua New Guinea as the country with the second most languages spoken in a country.

Being the 14th largest country in the world in terms of land area and the 7th largest country, if you consider the combination of sea and land area, it is no surprise that Indonesia is as much diverse as it is huge.

With a population of more than 260 million people, the country of thousand islands is the 4th most populous country in the world.

With such a huge population and a stable government, Indonesia’s economy is growing steadily and according to Wikipedia, Indonesia has the largest economic growth among Southeast Asian nations. It does not hurt that it has been in the international media that the ex-president of USA, Barack Obama spent a few years of his formative years in Indonesia.

The official language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia. It is a language very similar to Bahasa Malay but try to not mention this in front of any Indonesian if you do not want to be frowned upon. Despite the official status of Bahasa Indonesia, it is not the language with the most number of speakers in Indonesia. With around 17 million speakers, Bahasa Indonesia ranks behind Javanese and Sundanese with approximately 83 million and 30 million speakers respectively.

Bahasa Indonesia acts as a “unifying language” for all Indonesians as it is used officially by the mass media for educational, commence, business and official purposes in government agencies.

English is the most widely spoken foreign language in the country of thousand islands despite being colonized by the Dutch for more than 300 years. That being said, the influence of the Dutch language on Bahasa Indonesia is quite evident.

Difficulties in the translation of Bahasa Indonesia into English stem from the fact that the language is used freely by users and as such it deviates from what is formally prescribed the language’s official body, Tatabahasa Indonesia Baku. This violation occurs even in written form where formal rules are supposed to be adhered to.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Even if one is familiar with what is prescribed by Tatabahasa Indonesia Baku, one still has to deal with the differences in terms of grammatical structure, word choice, word collocation, sentence patterns and structure etc. As an evolving language, updates are frequent and if one does not keep abreast of the development of the languages, one’s translation may be misunderstood.

It is always about getting the right quality people with enough training and professional experience to produce translations that are fit for its purpose.

With more than 2 decades of experience in providing English to Indonesian, Indonesian to English and Indonesian related language pairs translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you.

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