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Indonesian and Malay (Bahasa Indonesia)

Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia, based on the Riau version of Malay language, was declared the official language with the declaration of Indonesia's independence in 1945, following the 1928 unifying-language declaration in the Indonesian Youth Pledge. It is spoken by the Malay people of the Malay Peninsula. Indonesia and Malaysia share the language, whilst transliterations are taken from British pronunciation in Malaysia and Dutch in Indonesia.

With fluency approaching 100% among the quarter billion inhabitants of the world's fourth-most-populous nation, Bahasa Indonesia has become one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Most Indonesians, aside from speaking the national language, are often fluent in another regional language or local dialect (examples include Minangkabau, Sundanese and Javanese) that are commonly used at home and within the local community. Most formal education, as well as nearly all national media and other forms of communication, are conducted in Indonesian. In East Timor, which was an Indonesian province from 1975 to 1999, the Indonesian language is recognised by the constitution as one of the two working languages (the other is English, alongside the official languages of Tetum and Portuguese).

The Indonesian name for the language is Bahasa Indonesia (lit. "the language of Indonesia"). This term can sometimes still be found in written or spoken English. In addition, the language is sometimes referred to as "Bahasa" by English speakers, though this simply means "language" and thus is also not an official term for the Indonesian language.

Indonesian is a normative form of the Malay language, an Austronesian (or Malayo-Polynesian) language that has been used as a lingua franca in the Indonesian archipelago for centuries. It was elevated to the status of official language with the Indonesian declaration of independence in 1945, drawing inspiration from the Sumpah Pemuda (Youth's Oath) event in 1928. (Ref: Wikipedia)

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To find foods and foods and food-related items in indonesian languages you may search by any of the following terms:
Asia Asian Bahasa Bahasan Behasa Behasan Borneo Brunei East Eastern Indonesia Indonesian Indonesiana Indonesiano Indonesien Indonesio Indonesisch Malay Malaysia Malaysian Melayu South Southeast

These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes . In some cases people will not know that they are using an Indonesian word, thinking it might be Malay or some other language, so a search for 'South East Asian' might help.

You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of albacore tuna, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'Indonesian tuna' or 'Behasa albacore' and then click on 'Translate from English'. You could also search for 'south east asia tuna' and then select the correct answer,.

One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches such as  'South East Asian' may help in a successful search.

Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.

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