Friday, February 17, 2012

Language Lessons: Donations to English

For the past 4 weeks I have been making a very feeble attempt to learn Indonesian or rather Bahasa Indonesia (Bahasa = Language). So far, I would say my knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia is about equivalent to my knowledge of French after 10 years of studying in school, which says little for my knowledge of French. 

So more for my own enjoyment I thought I would share some of my more interesting discoveries during my journey to understanding this all to foreign to me language.

Did you know Bahasa Indonesia has donated the following words to the English Language:

(run) amok

cockatoo

orang-utan
Now if only all the rest of words weren’t so foreign!

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