Basa Bali

Basa Bali, the language of the Balinese has some similarities with Bahasa Indonesia. It is though, a separate language in its own right. For people coming to Bali, or living in Bali, is learning Basa Bali worth the effort?

Basa Bali: Is learning Balinese a good idea?

Basa Bali (Balinese) is traditionally written in a script called aksara, which bears no resemblence to western script. Driving around Bali you will see ‘Matur Suksma’ (thank you) written on stone markers at the edge of a village. This will be paired with its aksara equivalent. You will also see […]

Traditional Balinese script alive and well in Singaraja

Most people in Bali speak Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) and many speak some English. All Balinese however, speak Balinese (Bahasa Bali). In villages and towns across the island, kids are brought up in the family home speaking Balinese, later learing Indonesian, the national language in school, or while mixing with friends. […]

Bahasa Bali: Balinese

The Balinese use a system of directions which is based on their ancient animist culture. They believe the God live in the mountians, the demons live in the ocean and the people live in between. All Balinese temples are aligned with this in mind. Towards the ocean is kelod, towards […]

Balinese directions