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ACEH LANGUAGES & DICTIONARY


Aceh has, besides Indonesian, many local languages. In the dictionary below we have, besides Indonesian, also selected the Aceh and the Gayo languages, the two most common local languages. More languages will be added later when more areas are added to this web-portal.

Other examples of languages in Aceh are as follows:

  • Alas in the area of Kutacane. It is related to the Gayo language.
  • Jame is spoken in the southwestern coastal parts of Aceh and in Pulau Banyak. It is a mix of several languages, for example Minangkabau of West Sumatra, Batak languages and Nias.
  • In Simeulue are the three different local languages; Defayan, Sigulai, and Lekon.
  • Haloban is language spoken by only 1.000 persons in Pulau Banyak.

INDONESIAN

Basic Indonesian is easy to learn. A few shortcuts to the perfect Indonesian: Always stress the second last syllable, for example "Tenggara". "Ng" is pronounced as in song. "Ngg" is pronounced like "ng" plus a "g". For those of you that have tried to learn German articles, French tenses, or Thai pronunciation; you will love Indonesian. Many travelers manage to learn enough Indonesian to get by in just a couple of months.

ACEHNESE

Acehnese is more difficult to learn, but everyone you meet will love to help you along. Aceh was written with the Arabic alphabet until the first half of the 20th century. There are at least two different forms of spelling Acehnese, which can make it confusing at times. Acehnese is also rich in diphthongs. A rough shortcut to pronunciation is to pronounce the words as a Frenchman would do. Acehnese has five vowels and each vowel has several variations.
A: a, , .
E: e, , , eu. ( is pronounced as the French parl, as in merci, eu as in beau)
I: i, , ie.
O: , ,
U: u, , ue

GAYO

The Gayo language has five major dialects that differ rather much between themselves. Our examples are from Takengon. Gayo is pronounced basically in the same way as Indonesian. The Gayo language closely related to the Karo-language in Berastagi and Kabanjahe in south of the Acehnese border.

KARO

The Karo language is spoken by the Karo people northwest of Lake Toba and southeast of the Gayo. The Karo language is similar to the Pak-Pak language, spoken in the area between Karo and Singkil. Karo has a lot of influences from Malay, especially in the eastern lowlands.

 

 

 

 

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