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Sumbawa (Basa Samawa)

Sumbawa is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in the western part of Sumbawa island in Indonesia by about 300,000 people. It is also known as Sumbawarese, and is closely related to the languages of Lombok and Bali.

Sumbawa can be written with a version of the Latin alphabet, and also with a script similar to the Bugis script known as Satera Jontal ("palm-leaf manuscript"). This script is still used to some extent, mainly to write poems known as lawas. It has also been taught in schools since 2000.

Sumbawa alphabet and pronunciation

Sumbawa alphabet and pronunciation

Source: Ortography.htm

Satera Jontal script

Satera Jontal script

Notable features

Satera Jontal script

Sample text

Sample text in Sumbawa in the Satera Jontal script


Muntu menong ngebang mula, tu barenang tu nti boat. Yaken to mading barapes, tu balangan lalo mesjid, niat tu lalo bejemat, ikhlas ate karna Allah.


When we heard the call of prayer we should stop to working and prepare to go to the mosque to pray on friday sincerely for God.

Information about the Sumbawa language and the Satera Jontal script mainly provided by Ridwan Maulana. If you have any questions about this script, you can contact Ridwan at

Information about Sambawa | Numbers in Sambawa


Information about the Sumbawa

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

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