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Extinct: no
Family: Other
Branch: Malay Creole
Continent: Asia
Country: Indonesia
Region: Jakarta, Indonesia
Countries Where Spoken: Indonesia
Countries Where Official: na
Native Speakers: 2,700,000
Speakers Total: 2,700,000
Phrasebase members who speak Betawi at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Betawi at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Betawi: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Betawi: 0
Three Letter Code: BEW
Alternative Names: Creole
Dialects: na
Summary: The Betawi language is the spoken language of the Betawi people in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is the native language of about 2,700,000 people (1993). It is a Malay-based creole, and closely related to Malay language.

Betawi vocabulary have large amount of Hokkien Chinese, Arabic, and Dutch loanwords. The first person pronoun gue (I or me) and second person pronoun lu (you) also with numerical such as cepek (a hundred), gopek (five hundred), and seceng (a thousand) clearly demonstrate Hokkien dialect, while the words ente (you) and ane (me) clearly derived from Arabic.

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