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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:


The word "Bahasa" in English to refer to Indonesian or Malay, usually by Western expatriates and their English-speaking Indonesian associates, is of colonial origin and is considered "incorrect".[1] When Indonesian or Malay speakers refer to other languages, the word "Bahasa" is used; for example, Arabic is called bahasa Arab (not Bahasa Arab) literally "Arabic language".

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