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Covering over a thousand languages, the Austronesian family stretches from South East Asia along Polynesia and to Madagascar, but the uTalk selection will cover you for most of your travel in the Austronesian area. Austronesian languages tend to have various degrees of politeness - with low politeness for everyday use to a polite and then very polite, almost regal, form.§

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Indonesia

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Malayo-Polynesian

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Fun facts about Indonesian

A false friend for English speakers is 'air', which in Indonesian means 'water'.

Indonesians have a concept called jam karet - literally 'rubber time' - which refers to a flexible attitude towards deadlines and appointments.

Nouns can be repeated to form plurals or express similar concepts: langit is sky but langit-langit is ceiling, and mata is eye while mata-mata is spy.

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