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Makassarese (Basa Mangkasara' / ᨅᨔ ᨆᨀᨔᨑ)

Makassarese is spoken in South Sulawesi island (Celebes) in Indonesia by about 2.1 million people. It belongs to the South Sulawesi group of Malayo-Polynesian languages and its name is also written Makasar, Makassar, or Macassar.

These days Makassarese is generally written with the Latin alphabet, but also has it's own script, known as Lontara, which is still widely used. The Lontara script is a descendent of the ancient Brahmi script of India.

Latin alphabet for Makassarese

Latin alphabet for Makassarese

Lontara script for Makassarese

Lontara script for Makassarese

Sample text in the Lontara script in Makassarese

Sample text in the Lontara alphabet in Makassarese

Tower of Babel in Makassarese


Information about Makassarese

Free Lontara font

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Languages written with the Lontara script

Bugis, Makasarese, Mandar

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet