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Learn Javanese

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 forms of politeness - a low form for vernacular use, a polite form and a very high, or sometimes regal, form.

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Fun facts about Javanese

Different words are used when speaking to older and younger people, and between people of different status. For example, 'to eat' can be 'mangan', 'nedha', 'nedhi' or 'dhahar' depending who is speaking to whom.

A common way to scold someone in Javanese is to call him a 'bedhes' or 'monkey'!

Javanese is the only Indonesian language spoken by a large number of people in a South American country. It is spoken by several thousand people in Suriname, next to Northern Brazil.

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