Batak Karo (cakap Karo)

Batak Karo is a Northern Batak language spoken by about 491,000 people in the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra in Indonesia. It is spoken in particular in the Aceh Selatan, Aceh Singli, Aceh Tenggara and Kota Subulussalam regencies in Aceh province, and in the Dairi, Deli Serdang, Karo, Langkat and Tapanuli Tengah regencies of North Sumatra province. It is spoken by adults and some young people, although in urban areas some younger people are shifting to Indonesian.

Batak Karo is also known as Karo Batak or kalak Karo. Native speakers call it cakap Karo. There are two main dialects: the eastern dialect and the western dialect. They differ mainly in pronunciation.

There are ways to write Batak Karo with the Batak script and with the Latin alphabet. There is a dictionary, grammar and a translation of the Bible in Batak Karo.

Latin alphabet for Batak Karo

Latin alphabet for Batak Karo

Batak script for Batak Karo

Batak script for Batak Karo

Download an alphabet chart for Batak Karo (Excel)

The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

  1. O Bapa kami si ni Surga. GelarNdu ipebadia min
  2. reh min KinirajanNdu; sehlah min peratenNdu, i bas doni enda bagi ni Surga
  3. Bereken min man kami nakan cukup i bas wari si sendah enda
  4. Alemi min salah kami bagi nialemi kami salah kalak kempak kami.
  5. Ola min kami ibaba Kam kubas percuban, tapi olangilah kami idur si ilat nari. [Sabap Kam kap si mada Kinirajan, ras kuasa, ras kemulian si ndekah-ndekahna. Amin.]



  1. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  2. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  3. Give us this day our daily bread.
  4. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  5. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


Sample video in Batak Karo

Information about Batak Karo | Batak script | Tower of Babel


Information about Batak Karo

Kamus Indonesia - Karo (Indonesian - Batak Karo dictionary)

Batak languages

Batak Angkola, Batak Dairi, Batak Karo, Batak Mandailing, Batak Simalungun, Batak Toba

Languages written with the Batak script

Batak Angkola, Batak Dairi, Batak Karo, Batak Mandailing, Batak Simalungun, Batak Toba

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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