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Indonesian and Tagalog

Indonesian (also known as Bahasa Indonesia) is a Malayo-Polynesian language in the Austronesian family, and is the official language of Indonesia. Although most Indonesians have their own ethnic language and dialect, the Indonesian language is primarily used in commerce, administration, education and the media, so almost every Indonesian speaks the language to varying degrees of proficiency.

Tagalog (Filipino) is related to Indonesian as they both belong to the Austronesian language family. It is the first language of the ethnic Tagalog people, who form a quarter of the population of the Philippines. The standardized form of Tagalog is also called Filipino, which is one of the two official languages in the Philippines, the other is English.

Interested users could go to the Language Learning Centre of the Hong Kong Central Library to find out more about Indonesian and Tagalog.


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