Betawi love poem
Muke lu di dalem kace
Adalah puisi terbaik gue
Trus, cepet banget die ngilang
Itu die saat penghabisan gue cinte ame lu
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Small love poem translated into dialect betawi (Jakartan Malay), a Malayo-Polynesian language, which is a Malay-based creole. There are 3 million speakers in and around Jakarta. The word Betawi comes from Batavia, the name of Jakarta during the Dutch colonization. The languages, Javanese and Sundanese, have enriched betawi, which is the language of the first inhabitants of Jakarta. Kota Tua is the old name of the city. After being considered as a dialect, then a Creole, nowadays betawi has an autonomous language status.
At the foundation of Jakarta city, the local population will be driven out and replaced by migrants of all origins (Indonesians, Sri Lankans, Chinese). This motley group, will form a new ethnic group, the Betawi, from the word Batavia, previous name of Jakarta city.