Learning Indonesian, by Cici and Shaun.

Bahasa Indonesia

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On the same principle as Learn Thai Podcasthere is Learning IndonesianOnline audio lessons to learn the basics of the Bahasa Indonesia, the Indonesian language, very close to the Melayu Bahasa, spoken in Malaysia.

Online audio courses

Again, it is a couple, Cici and Shaun, who teaches two-part lessons. Despite my meager level in Indonesian-Malay, I am not a little proud to discover that I can happily pass me first lessons.

www.learningindonesian.comTo access the podcast site: click on the image opposite.

That said, these first lessons, in free listening, are a good basic approach to a tourist stay.

I still have a fortnight to wait before flying to Kuala Lumpur for a half-Malaysian half-Indonesian trip. In the meantime, I'm going to explore a little further the podcasts available on this site, listen to see if I can pick up a few more things. And then I'm going to read some sentences in my ear, it's also a way to prepare for the trip!

My meager knowledge is summarized for the time being to say hello at any time of the day, to thank and use the usual polite formulas.

I know where I come from and where I am going (or avoid saying it with the wearer "jalan-jalan"), counting (my money, or my years, or the weeks I'll spend visiting the country), asking the basic questions you always need (how much does it cost, do you have a room, where is the toilet), expressing the past and the future. Finally, I have some vocabulary... mostly food!

Learning Indonesian, by Cici and Shaun.

Takeaway: Pocket Indonesian

Indonesian pocket - AssimilOn each of my trips to Indonesia and Malaysia, I reuse my little Assimil entitled Indonesian pocket, of which I am still far from having assimilated everything. It is well done, it helps to get by. For pronunciation and basic syntax, it's definitely easier than Thai, I find.

Although... you have to say it fast. 😀

In general, my interlocutor, too happy to see my self-confidence in front of his first questions (easy, they are always the same: where are you coming from, where are you going, how long are you staying here, etc.), starts suddenly to give me long sentences at full speed and I don't understand anything anymore...

So, all I have to do is break a pathetic "Saya tidak mengerti"! ("I don't understand").


When I'm going to be on my way in Kalimantan (the Indonesian state that occupies the southern two-thirds of Borneo), with no more people speaking English in the area, I'll do less harm, for sure.


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  1. 😀 I love Indonesian, it seems soft to my ears. Alas, I find it hard to get very far in the dialogue... I wish I had time to learn more. Thanks for the links, it's good to hear!

  2. @Manta: Likewise, I still have a hard time going into dialogue, beyond the banal exchange of questions and answers I was referring to, and to which the tourist can not escape. Often people appreciate that you have made the effort to learn even a few useful phrases and useful words. But we will recausera when I have spent some time in Kalimantan ... Malaysia, it does not matter: it's really easy, given the number of people who speak very good English.

  3. Hello

    Given the site. Too bad there is no Tagalog! But otherwise, very well done. I leave for China in 3 days ... Chinese or Mandarin I feel that it will not be sad as an approach.

    Otherwise I use a block of paper and I draw or write the place where I want to go for the bus, train, etc. It works very well. The Guide du Routard has published a small paperback book with lots of sketch classes by theme, and it works very well too. I even intended to make one for the sailing trip version ....

    Have a nice trip,
    in Bahasa I don't know what you call it anymore... 🙂 and a really slow connection tonight to fetch.

  4. @Michel: Ah! The small drawings ... very very practical. That's right, I draw a lot too, traveling. I had heard about this book of the Routard. Not having the opportunity to flip through it again, I'm going to take a look at one of these days in bookstores (but I think I prefer to scribble my own drawings).
    @Manta: Bravo for the translation of "bon voyage"! Terima kasih!