Why do I want to learn Basa Jawa?

In a bookstore in Jogja a kid started talking to me.

Hello mister (rolling the r, just as all the Jogja kids do).
How are you?
I’m good, how are you?

Apa kabar?

Upon hearing me speak some Indonesian his mother started talking to me too. Dari mana? Who are you with? What are you doing in Indonesia? How long have you been here? The usual questions.

She saw that I was holding a book about Javanese.

Kamu mau belajar Basa Jawa?
Kenapa? Mau punya pacar orang Jawa?

And then I guess I just went a bit silent.

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