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Bahasa, Bhas a, Basa, or Phasa is the word for "language" in many Asian languages, which derives from the Sanskrit word भाषा bhāṣā "spoken language". In many modern languages in South Asia and Southeast Asia which have been influenced by Sanskrit or Pali, bahasa and cognate words are now used to mean "language" in general.

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The word "Bahasa" in English is used to refer to both Malaysian and Indonesian, usually by Western expatriates and their English-speaking Malaysian-Indonesian associates, is of colonial origin and is considered "incorrect".[1] When Malaysian or Indonesian speakers refer to other languages, the non-capitalized word "bahasa" is used; for example, English and Italian are called bahasa Inggris and bahasa Italia (not Bahasa Inggris and Bahasa Italia), literally "English language" and "Italian language" respectively.

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