Is the Malaysian cuisine better than the Indonesian

Indonesian or Malaysian?

If you want to spend your next vacation in Southeast Asia and are interested in both Indonesia and Malaysia, you may be faced with the question of which language you should better adopt. Indonesian or Malaysian? At least if he is willing to deal with a new language. But I just assume that.

If the question of learning Indonesian or Malaysian cannot be clearly clarified from the outset by the travel destination - z. B. because you are planning a round trip on the island of Borneo and want to pay a visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei or because you simply cannot decide on one of the countries until the end - in addition to location-related reasons, further rational considerations are a possibility for a decision making.

If the question arises whether one of the two languages ​​is more interesting or more attractive than the other, the unequivocal answer is: No! And that would then again tend to be subjective ...!

Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) and Malaysian (Bahasa Malaysia) belong to the Malay languages ​​(Bahasa Melayu). If you take a closer look at the two national languages, you can see that both are almost identical in terms of structure and pronunciation, but differ significantly in terms of vocabulary. For comparison, the difference is greater than forBritish and American Englishbut less than for Spanish and Portuguese. To put it in numbers, the two languages ​​are linguistically 80% identical.

The added value of Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)

If you now go into the differences in more detail and are interested in the added value that is created by learning the languages, then there is still 3 main reasons to consider Bahasa Indonesia theBahasa Malaysiapreferable:

  1. The cultural diversity in Indonesia is far greater than in Malaysia.Bahasa Indonesia is the national language of 240 million inhabitants. Malaysia, on the other hand, has just under 30 million inhabitants. It should be noted, however, that Indonesia consists of around 17,500 islands, of which around 6,000 are inhabited. Around 360 different ethnic groups are distributed on these islands, of which only around 10%Bahasa Indonesia speak as mother tongue. Bahasa Indonesia however, it is at least mastered as a second language by the rest of the population and thus connects around 700 different indigenous languages ​​in one nation. Nowhere else in one country are there more different cultures.
  2. There are far more books from Indonesian production. Anyone interested in the artistic aspect of languages ​​will quickly find out that Indonesia publishes around 24,000 books in Bahasa Indonesia while Malaysia produces around 15,000 books, but only 80% of them in Bahasa Melayu are written.
  3. Bahasa Indonesia is comparatively more useful. Most Malaysians and Malay Singaporeans speak at least a little English. So you will survive there even if you don't say a single word Bahasa Malaysia speak. On the other hand, if you don't Bahasa Indonesia say, you will hardly get out of the touristically developed areas of Indonesia - i.e. the large cities and certain regions on Java, Bali and Lombok.

On the downside, for some, is that Bahasa Malaysia more pleasant to listen to than that Bahasa Indonesia. But that's probably a matter of taste.

One has Bahasa Indonesia Once mastered, the switch should be on Bahasa Malaysia turn out to be not particularly difficult.


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