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Sundanese (Basa Sunda)    Basa Sunda

Sundanese is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 39 million people mainly in western Java in Indonesia. There are also speakers in Banten, Jakarta, parts of western Central Java and southern Lampung. It is the third most-spoken language in Indonesia. Sundanese is closely related to Madurese and Malay, and more distantly related to Javanese.

There are six main dialects of Sundanese: Western, Northern, Southern or Priangan, Mid-east, Northeast and Southeast. The Southern or Priangan dialect is the most widely-spoken and is taught in schools in West Java and Banten Province.

Sundanese script (Aksara Sunda)

Sundanese is normally written with the Latin alphabet, however the Sundanese script is still used to some extent. The Sundanese script developed from the Old Sundanese script (Aksara Sunda Kuna), which was used between the 14th and 18th centuries, and was standardized during the 1990s. Sundanese has also been written with a version of the Arabic script known as Pegon, and with the Javanese alphabet.

Notable features

Vowels (Aksara Swara) and Diacritics (Rarangkén)

Sundanese vowels (Aksara Swara) and Diacritics (Rarangkén)

Consonants (Aksara Ngalagena)

Sundanese consonants (Aksara Ngalagena)


Sundanese numerals

Sample text in Sundanese

Sample text in Sundanese

Text corrected by Arif Budiarto


Sakumna jalma gubrag ka alam dunya teh sifatna merdika jeung boga martabat katut hak-hak anu sarua. Maranehna dibere akal jeung hate nurani, campur-gaul jeung sasamana aya dina sumanget duduluran.

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All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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