Bahasa

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Bahasa, Bhasa, Basa, or Phasa is the word for "language" in many Asian languages, which derives from the Sanskrit word भाषा bhāṣā "spoken language". In many modern languages in South Asia and Southeast Asia which have been influenced by Sanskrit or Pali, bahasa and cognate words are now used to mean "language" in general.

It may refer to:

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The word "Bahasa" is often incorrectly used in English to refer to Indonesian, often by Western expatriates and English-speaking Indonesians. The question "Do you speak Bahasa?" literally means "Do you speak language?"[1] When Indonesian or Malay speakers refer to other languages, the word "Bahasa" is used; for example, Arabic is called Bahasa Arab literally "Arab language".

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