Javanese is the official language of the Javanese people living in the central and eastern parts of the island of Java located in Indonesia. Few people living on the northern coast of western java also speak this language. It is considered the native language of more than 98 million people which means more than 42% of the total population of Indonesia.
Javanese is one of the Austronesian languages but it is not closely related to the other languages. However, it is quite similar to the neighboring languages such as Balinese, Sundanese, and Madurese. Most of the people who speak Javanese also know how to speak the Indonesian language. The speakers of Javanese are also located in Singapore and Malaysia (in the states of Johor and Selangor). Geographically, there are three major dialects of Javanese which are east-java, Banyumas, and the standard dialect.