Similarities Between Indonesian and Portuguese
- 29 Jun 2019
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Are Indonesian and Portuguese similar? Despite belonging to different language families, Indonesian and Portuguese, have many words in common, due to historical connections. We will showcase some of the commonalities between Indonesian and Portuguese which come from the Portuguese presence in the East Indies.
The language challenge will be between Dino, a Portuguese speaker who is originally from Mexico but has learned the Portuguese language in addition to this native language of Spanish, and Firman, an Indonesian speaker from Indonesia.
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Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia) is a standardized register of Malay and the official language of Indonesia. Indonesia is multi-lingual country and most Indonesians speak another language, however, the Indonesian language has been used as a lingua franca in the archipelago for centuries. Indonesian is also recognized as minority language in East Timor.
Portuguese is a West Romance language and the official language of Portugal, Brazil, East Timor, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, and São Tomé and Príncipe. It also has co-official language status in Equatorial Guinea and Macau in China. A cultural presence of Portuguese and Portuguese creole speakers are also found in Goa, Daman and Diu in India; as well in Batticaloa on the east coast of Sri Lanka, the Indonesian island of Flores, in the Malacca state of Malaysia, and the ABC islands in the Caribbean where Papiamento is spoken, while Cape Verdean Creole is the most widely spoken Portuguese-based Creole.
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