Indonesian language was meant to be cut off from the La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia at the start of 2013. This would have reduced the number of Universities that teach Indonesian to 14 in Melbourne. This decision was largely based on the fact that Indonesian had the lowest number of enrolled students -70- in comparison to other language courses. However, this decision was rescinded by the University after they realized how important studying the language was, due to the significant growth of Indonesia’s economy in the last few years. Indonesia has the largest economy in South-East Asia and to be able to communicate and conduct business with Indonesian businessmen, it is essential to learn their language as well as culture.
Indonesian is the 6th most spoken language in the world. Indonesian is spoken throughout Indonesia. 30 million people speak it as their first language and 140 million people speak it as a second language. 750 other languages and dialects are spoken in the country. Indonesian is also spoken in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. Indonesian is an Austronesian language and it belongs to the Western or Indonesian family of languages. It is a standardized form of Malay. The Indonesian language was standardized in the 1930s, where a standardized form of the languages, known as Bahusa Indonesian was introduced. Indonesian has a number of loan words from other languages such as Arabic, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and Sanskrit. Indonesian is written using the Latin alphabet. It has 26 letters of the alphabet.
There are some interesting facts you should know about Indonesia. This includes the fact that the country has the largest population of Muslims in the world. Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world and it is believed that it has not been fully explored and mapped out. The country has about 18,000 islands, out of which only 6,000 have been named, and fewer than these are inhabited by people. The country has the world’s youngest and largest population. Lake Toba, is the largest volcanic lake in the whole world. The Borobudur temple, located in Central Java, is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.