Published June 8, 2017
This video was submitted by Nurkhalis from the city of Banjarmasin, Indonesia. Banjar, known natively as Bahasa Banjar, is spoken by about 3.5 million people, principally in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province, located on the island of Borneo. Though it remains unrecognized by the government at both the national and provincial levels, Banjar is an important lingua franca in Kalimantan and surrounding areas. An Austronesian language of the Malayan family, Banjar is closely related to languages such as Indonesian, Jambi Malay, and Temuan, and more distantly so to Formosan and Polynesian languages. It is written using Latin characters, as well as Jawi, a variant of the Arabic alphabet.