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Batak Karo language

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Batak Karo language

Cakap Karo
Native to Indonesia
Region Karo Regency, North Sumatra
Native speakers
unknown (600,000 cited 1991)[1]
Batak, Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-3 btx
Glottolog bata1293[2]

Karo, referred to in Indonesia simply as Bahasa Karo (Karo language), is an Austronesian language that is spoken by the Karo people of Indonesia. It is used by around 600,000 people in North Sumatra. It is mainly spoken in Karo Regency, southern parts of Deli Serdang Regency and northern parts of Dairi Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia. It was historically written using the Batak alphabet which is descended from the Brahmi script of ancient India by way of the Pallava and Old Kawi scripts, but nowadays only a tiny number of Karo can write or understand the script, and instead the Latin script is used.


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  • References 2
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Ope denga ijadiken Dibata doni enda Kata e enggo lit. Kata e ras Dibata, janah Kata e me Dibata

English Translation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


  1. ^ Karo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
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External links

  • Indonesian to Karonese Dictionary
  • Batak Karo Christian Bible

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