Indonesian Alphabet

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Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is written in Roman script and less extensively in Jawi script. Words in Indonesian are spelled the way they are pronounced with a few exceptions. Modern spelling was adopted in 1972 in Perfected Spelling System. These are 26 letters of Roman script used in Indonesian.

Letter

Name

Sound

Aa

a

a as in father

u as in fur

Bb

be

b as in bat

Cc

ce

ch as in check

Dd

de

d as in dam

Ee

e

e as in camel

e as in bed

e as in grey

Ff

ef

f as in farmer

Gg

ge

g as in game

Hh

ha

h as here

Ii

i

i as in Indonesia

Jj

je

j as in Java

Kk

ka

k as in key

Ll

el

l as in lemon

Mm

em

m as in mango

Nn

en

n as in no

Oo

o

o as in go

o as in both

Pp

pe

p as in pen

Qq

qi

q as in quran

Rr

er

r as in read

Ss

es

s as in same

Tt

te

t as in time

Uu

u

oo as in foot

Vv

ve

v as in vega

Ww

we

w as in wave

Xx

ex

x as in xenon

Yy

ye

y as in yes

Zz

zet

z as in zebra

Jawi script is derived from Arabic script. It uses letters in Arabic script with additions of nonexistent letters in Arabic (c, p, ng, and ny). Other than official Roman script, Jawi script is widely used in areas populated by Malay Indonesian such as, Sumatra and Riau Archipelago. Jawi script is also widely used in neighboring countries Malaysia, Pattani (south part Thailand), and Brunei.

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