Letter "J" in Indonesian?

Could someone please set me straight!

I was under some impression that "j" in Indonesian is pronounced like English "y" (as, for example, in Northern European languages' writing). I guess I supposed that had something to do with Dutch influence.

However, I am seeing in the Duo course that "j" is pronounced more or less like English j in "job."

I am just crazy?

And isn't there some other, maybe colloquial, mix-up between j and y sounds?


August 18, 2018


Before the switch towards Republic Spelling System (in 1947), "j" is read as "y", meanwhile "dj" is read as "j".

In the Republic Spelling System (1947-today), "j" is read as "j".

However, some brands and names still use "dj", like in Djarum, a brand of Indonesian cigarettes. But in everyday life, "j" is accepted.

Notes: If you are interested, here are the original spelling of some alphabets

U is written as Oe

C is written as Tj

J is written as Dj

Y is written as J

August 18, 2018

Thanks. So, in other words, those are all Dutch spellings.

I think this is the way you'll still see words spelled in the Netherlands. I saw some of that when I was visiting recently.

On the other hand, maybe that is Surinamese spelling?

August 18, 2018

Yes, it is used by the Dutch to transliterate Indonesian, so that the Dutch know how to read it correctly.

I don't know about Surinamese spelling though. Probably, you're right.

August 18, 2018

Under the old spelling the letter 'j' was pronounced as a 'y' sound. However, nowadays, the letter j' is used to represent the 'j' sound in English.

August 18, 2018

Oh, I don't like most of those changes. :/

August 18, 2018

Terima kasih!

August 18, 2018
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