The Javanese language is spoken in the central and eastern parts of the island of Java, in Indonesia. The Javanese language is part of the Austronesian family, and is therefore related to Indonesian. It is the native language of about 80 million people. Many speakers of Javanese also speak Indonesian for official and business purposes, and to communicate with non-Javanese Indonesians. Moreover, there are large communities of Javanese-speaking people in the neighbouring countries such as East Timor, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and also Hong Kong and Taiwan. Since the Dutch introduced the Latin alphabet to Indonesia in the 19th Century, the Javanese alphabet has gradually been supplanted.

Map of Javanese language speakers.
Map of Javanese language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: 80 million

Main Countries: Java (Indonesia), Peninsular Malaysia, Suriname, New Caledonia

Alternate names: Jawa, Djawa

ISO 639-3 Code: jav

Language Sample

Saben uwong kalairake kanthi mardika lan darbe martabat lan hak-hak kang padha. Kabeh pinaringan akal lan kalbu sarta kaajab pasrawungan anggone memitran siji lan sijine kanthi jiwo sumadulur.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Javanese :

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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