Languages always interested me for they reflect the culture from where they sprang out. I’ve been now more than one year living in Indonesia because of my work, and I actually got a grasp on the language.
Anyway, it never ceases to amaze me the whole simplicity of it. Judge by yourselves:
– Ada apa?
– Tidak ada apa apa.
– Tidak apa apa.
That comes to mean:
– What’s wrong?
You can see that they can make a full conversation out of “ada”, “apa” and “tidak”.
Another example will be “Tuku buku teko toko buku,” that means nothing else that “I buy a book from the bookstore.”
And, of course, Javanese people are just like their language: simple, beautiful and interesting. Don’t you love it?