Is Indonesian based on Dutch?
The vocabulary of Indonesian borrows heavily from regional languages of Indonesia, such as Javanese, Sundanese and Minangkabau, as well as from Dutch, Sanskrit, Portuguese, Arabic and more recently English.
Why is Indonesian similar to Dutch?
Why are Indonesians making such a hodgepodge of their language? They were able to shake off Dutch colonialism thanks to their nationalism, but they have never had to fight for their language. The Netherlands did not impose Dutch in its colonies, so there was never any question of language nationalism there.
How close is Indonesian to Dutch?
Dutch has also contributed grammatical structure and vocabulary to Indonesian; roughly 20% of contemporary Indonesian can be traced back to Dutch words, and appear even in quintessential nationalist texts such as the October 1988 Pledge of Youth.
When did Indonesia become a Dutch colony?
As a consequence its possessions in the archipelago passed into the hands of the Dutch crown in 1800.
When did the Dutch lose control of Indonesia?
In 1949, a final agreement was brokered between the Netherlands and the newly formed United States of Indonesia which transferred sovereignty to the Indonesian government and ceded the claims of the Dutch over the ceded territory.