Indonesian Translation Services


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Indonesian translation services in London, UK

Indonesian – bahasa Indonesia – is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world. 43 million people speak it as their first language. 156 million as a second. The Republic of Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world too. This makes bahasa Indonesia translation and interpreting services much-requested by UK businesses. Because getting your materials translated into this language potentially opens up a huge new market for you products or services.

What’s more, getting your Indonesian translation handled by Asian Absolute means you will be matched with suitable native-language specialists. Professionals who have either five years or more experience in your industry. Qualifications to Masters Degree level. Or both. Because only they have the knowledge of terminology to smoothly bridge any cultural and linguistic differences.

Asian Absolute also has the expert translators you need for Indonesian to English translation. Almost uniquely among Language Service Providers, that linguist will be a native English-speaker. That’s the only way to make your localised message appear completely natural to a native eye.

Why choose Asian Absolute?

Like you, we understand that Indonesia has a vast pool of living, spoken languages – more than seven hundred – in addition to bahasa Indonesia. Making sure that you are getting your documents translated into the most suitable target language or languages is simply part of the support you will get from us. Whether that means another standardised register of Malay. Or another language entirely.

If you are an Indonesian company, you can count on the same expertise in reverse. Whether you are targeting Australian, American or British English speakers – we make sure your localised text is perfectly natural and compelling to any native audience. Take advantage of:

  • The highest standard of project management – industry-recognised and award-winning
  • ATC and ATA membership, plus many other international industry bodies
  • Use of specialist native language translatorsfor both your Indonesian to English and English to Indonesian communications
  • Incredibly fast turnaroundachieved through a global network
  • ISO:9001 qualitystandard certified


Asian Absolute helped in the challenging task of building a world-class translation service. They provide top quality, personal service.

Financial Times

I was extremely impressed by Asian Absolute’s hard work to complete the project to our high standards and within a very tight timeframe.

Global Witness

Many thanks for your help and also for providing an interpreter for the week, she was absolutely fantastic and a real life-saver!

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What do you need bahasa Indonesia translation services for?

The importance of choosing the right kind of Indonesian interpreters

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia. Most Indonesian people speak this common language – it is generally seen as a positive national unifier. But most also speak at least one other language, most commonly Javanese, Balinese or Sudanese. Asian Absolute can advise you as to which will be most suitable for your event if required. Or potentially provide Indonesian interpreters fluent in both or all of the languages you want to support.

Remember that in addition to providing simultaneous or consecutive verbal translation of what is being said, your interpreter will be able to help you with:

  • Business or social etiquette
  • Expected or suggested conduct
  • Body language and mannerisms

You can get just the right specialists to provide language support for your forthcoming business meetings, negotiations, conferences, seminars, appointments, social engagements as well as for dubbing and voice-over work.

Getting the best value from your Indonesian translation

You need to know that you’re getting the best value for money from your Indonesian translation services. The best way to do that is to learn a little about the way we work:

  • You send us all of the details about your project with a quick phone call or by filling in our enquiry form.
  • You receive a clear quoted rate for the work you need – no obligation. You approve it.
  • Your specialist translator or team of translators will then be selected. Asian Absolute has a huge global network of linguists to draw from. So you’ll always be paired with a native speaker of your target language with knowledge and/or experience in your industry.
  • Translation Memories (TMs), glossaries and a style guide will be created for your project
  • Your document will be localised into your target language, taking into account all local cultural norms and expectations to create a truly persuasive, natural message.
  • A senior editor checks your document for accuracy and style.
  • Professional Quality Assurance checks.
  • The original translator gets a final say and your document is reviewed one last time.

It all happens in a secure environment where your information is protected. You then have the TMs, style guide and more stored for the next seven years too. Perfect when you need to produce future projects where consistency of terminology and phrasing are going to be key.

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Whatever you need. Whatever questions you have – get in touch. You can get a free, no-obligation quote on the bahasa Indonesia translation services you need anywhere in the UK or around the world at any time. Contact your local 24/7 support team now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bahasa Indonesia based on?

Bahasa Indonesia is based on the same classical Malay as Bahasa Malay (Malaysian Malay). Indeed, the language is considered a standardised variety of the pluricentric Malay, which is spoken in various forms in Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, East Timor, and parts of Thailand.

The Indonesian language was also heavily influenced by – and thus, in a sense, based on – the slightly more modern colonial-era lingua franca of the Indonesian archipelago, Melayu pasar (“market Malay”).

There is an ongoing debate as to whether High Malay (or Court Malay, descended from classical Malay) or “market Malay” (sometimes called Bazaar Malay or Low Malay) is the true basis of the language. The answer may be a little of both.

Are Bahasa and Malay the same language?

“Bahasa” simply means “language” in Malay or Indonesian. Thus, Bahasa Indonesia literally means “Indonesian language” and Bahasa Malay means “Malay language”.

Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia (this is often what is meant by “Bahasa”) is technically called an “autonomous normative variety” of Bahasa Malay. Yet the two languages do sound very different to native speakers.

Over the centuries, both have influenced and been influenced by many other languages to the point where there are many notable differences between them. Not least in the way they are pronounced and in their vocabulary.

Over the past four decades or so, the terms “Bahasa Malay” and “Bahasa Malaysia” (Malaysian language) have been replaced by “Bahasa Melayu” (Malay language, with the implication it is the language of all the Malay peoples) in many contexts, to convey a sense of togetherness to all Malays.

What writing system does Indonesia use?

Indonesian is written using the Latin alphabet and has a high level of phonetic correspondence and consistency between the way words are written and the way they sound.

The only stumbling block for non-native readers is that the spelling of some words – most especially place names – has changed since Indonesia achieved independence in 1971.

For example, the regional capital of Yogyakarta on the island of Java is also often written as Jogjakarta.

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