Published September 22, 2018
This video was recorded in Jakarta, Indonesia and features Batak Toba speaker Risata Ulina Malau. Batak Toba was spoken by roughly 2,000,000 speakers as of 1991. It is a Malayo-Polynesian language belonging to the Austronesian language family, and is spoken primarily in North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Batak Tob was historically written in the Batak script but most writing is now done in the Latin script. Sometimes referred to as Toba Batak, Hata Batak, or simply Batak, the name applies to both the language and as an adjective to describe the larger group of people who speak the Batak dialects, of which Batak Toba is one. Batak has verb-initial word order (VOS), but SVO order is also common.