|Native speakers||43 million (2010 census) L2 speakers: 156 million (2010 census)|
|Language family||Austronesian Malayo-Polynesian Malayo-Sumbawan (?) Malayic Malay Indonesian|
|Early forms||Old Malay Classical Malay (Riau Malay)|
|Writing system||Latin (Indonesian alphabet) Indonesian Braille|
How many Indonesian speakers are in the US?
Indonesian speakers in the United States
|Country||Number of speakers||Speak English less than “Very Well”|
How many speakers of Malay are there?
|Native to||Indonesia, Malaysia, East Timor, Brunei, Singapore, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands|
|Native speakers||L1 – 77 million (2007) Total (L1 and L2): 200–250 million (2009)|
|Language family||Austronesian Malayo-Polynesian Malayo-Sumbawan (?) Malayic Malayan Malay|
Which language is spoken most in world?
English is the largest language in the world, if you count both native and non-native speakers. If you count only native speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the largest. Mandarin Chinese is the largest language in the world when counting only first language (native) speakers.
What does Indonesian sound like to foreigners?
I have been told by my American friends that Indonesian sounds like a train of short syllables uttered in a rapid way, like Chinese language but with fewer nasal sounds and no tones. I’ve also read somewhere that to foreigners we sound staccato-ish. Another friend said to him I sound like somebody hammering a nail.
Why does Indonesia not speak Dutch?
The short answer is because the Dutch themselves didn’t want them to in the first place. They wanted to keep the natives of the Dutch East Indies in their place and not get ideas above their station, which would have threatened Dutch colonial rule.
Is Indonesian easy to learn?
It’s probably the easiest non-European language for English speakers. You will have to build your Indonesian vocabulary from scratch as there is little overlaps with English. On the other hand, words are relatively easy to pronounce and to memorize and Indonesian grammar is very easy.
How many people speak Indonesian as a first language?
How Many People Speak Indonesian In Indonesia? It’s estimated that about 198 million people in Indonesia speak Indonesian. Less than a quarter of that total, however, speaks Indonesian natively: roughly 42 million.