Although there are also more 250 native languages spoken throughout the archipelago, Indonesia’s national language is Bahasa Indonesia, a form of Bahasa Malay. Because it’s written in Roman script, has no tones and uses a fairly straightforward grammar, it’s relatively easy to learn.
a as in a cross between father and cup
e sometimes as in along; or as in pay; or as in get; or sometimes omitted (selamat pronounced “slamat”)
i either as in boutique; or as in pit
o either as in hot; or as in cold
u as in boot
ai as in fine
au as in how
c as in cheap
g always hard as in girl
k hard, as in English, except at the end of the word, when you should stop just short of pronouncing it.