On Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:59:44 -0500 Granny Grammar <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Indonesian, or rather bahasa (or Bahasa) Indonesia, shares with > Filipino and Putonghua the curious distinction of being an official > language of its country without actually existing yet. Different countries use different names: Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Malaysis Bahasa Melaya (Brunei and Singapore) but they differ no more than French, Belgian, and Swiss French. The differences are chiefly in the borrowed vocabulary, Dutch or English, or in the influence of local languages on usage (like the differences between Iberian and Mexican Spanish). The orthography was standardised, mostly on a Malaysian basis, on 1972. There are dialects where it's a first language, but they have no official standing.