Malay, Manado


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Manadonese, Manadonese Malay, Minahasan Malay

850,000 (2001). L2 users: 1,500,000. In North Sulawesi.


Sulawesi Utara Province, throughout Minahasa regency; other areas in North Sulawesi and Gorontalo provinces.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).An important, growing lingua franca in many parts of Sulawesi.


None known. Reportedly most similar to North Moluccan Malay [max]. Also similar to Sri Lankan Malay [sci]. A member of macrolanguage Malay [msa].

Language Use

Also use Indonesian [ind]. Used as L2 by Bantik [bnq].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2003–2012.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Influences from Portuguese [por] and Ternate [tft]. Christian, Muslim.