Austronesian Language :)

What Austronesian Languages are you guys learning along with Indonesian and why? What are some features that you like about them?

The reason I ask is because of my increasing interest in this family. For my answer, I will say that I am learning Hawaiian, Malagasy, Tagalog, and Javanese (3 registers). The second and last ones are very interesting since the second is very divergent in terms of geography while the latter is the root for many Indonesian words.

There has been in Increase of use of Indonesian in my life as I now come to realize how much this language actually pervades in the media and people I know about.

Terima kasih / Matur nuwun / Mahalo !!!

October 23, 2018


Wow! It's nice to see someone interested in Austronesian languages because my mother tongue is from this language family. I speak 3: Cebuano, Hiligaynon and Tagalog. Good luck with learning Tagalog.

Just to add, Baybayin, a pre-Spanish script of Tagalog, our Congress (House of Representative) just approved the use of Baybayin. I'm currently studying the modified version since I'm expecting the return of this script in our everyday lives.

To answer your question, I'm learning Bahasa Indonesian because of its similarities with my mother tongue. I tried Hawaiian when it was first released but i wasn't feeling it. And if they add Bahasa Melayu, I might try it.

Maraming Salamat/ Terima Kasih!

October 24, 2018

I'm happy to hear that! I'm looking forward to Baybayin's comeback! :-D I'm fascinated by this script since Baybayin looks so elegant and fancy.

I also heard that Bali province will do pretty much the same thing for indigenous script. Double hype!

Sometimes I just wished Indonesian local languages will use their own writing system more (if there are any), because having a Latin orthography especially when the whole country is "only unified by 26 letters and no diacritics" is a terrible cancer to some languages, such as, well, Javanese. *stares at å and o and the people who always confuse them*

October 26, 2018

Wow! That is so interesting

October 24, 2018

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    I am not learning any others at the moment, but I am interested in Hawaiian, Maori (or really any Oceanic language) and Javanese. really right now I want to improve my Indonesian. I just finished the tree here yesterday and I have a lot I still need to learn as well as practicing what I know so far. But in all likelihood, the next Austronesian language I devote a lot of time too will be Hawaiian.

    October 24, 2018

    I'm a native Indonesian, so I have a huge bias advantage in learning Austronesian language. I live somewhere in East Java, so Javanese is technically my second "native" language. Then when my family moved to Kalimantan I acquired Banjarese, although I don't actually use it anymore now.

    I'm learning Hawaiian and Tagalog. I also want to learn Sundanese or Makassarese some time soon, and maybe Māori and some more Indonesian local languages too.

    I'm also hugely obsessed by Formosan languages like Rukai, but since it only has really few resources and most of them are in Chinese, well… guess this one has to wait.

    Edit: btw good luck with your Javanese! The 3 registers might be a bit of a pain even to native speakers, but it's just the vocabulary and nothing else.

    October 26, 2018

    I'm learning Indonesian and Hawaiian on Duolingo. I'm very interested in learning Tahitian (hard to find expansive non-French language sources as of now but I'll make do with what I find), and have some interest in learning some Malay and Filipino.

    A bit off topic, but I noticed that many Hawaiian words and some native Indonesian words almost sound like many Japanese words;

    • (Ind.) suka -> (Jap.) suki [好き] -> (Eng.) to like

    • (Ind.) aku -> (Jap.) boku [僕] -> (Eng.) I, me (Indonesian version is the familiar word like between friends, Japanese version is considered "masculine" in tone although it depends more on the speaker's attitude than gender)

    • (Haw.) akua -> (Jap.) kami [神] -> (Eng.) deity/God/spirit

    • (Haw.) kapua -> (Jap.) kumo [雲] -> (Eng.) cloud

    • (Haw.) ahi -> (Jap.) hi [火] -> (Eng.) fire (The Hawaiian word is also similar to Indonesian "apu", which means the same thing)

    Interestingly Japanese and Indonesian both have Dutch loanwords and there are many Japanese people in Hawaii. I wonder if Japanese either came from the same ancient language family as Austronesian languages many years ago or the Japanese lands has explored/been explored by the Polynesians. Hmm....

    October 25, 2018

    I would really like Maori and Sundanese to be added to Duolingo! I think Maori would be a fun language to learn.

    October 25, 2018

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    December 27, 2018
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