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Indonesia Etc Book Review

In Indonesia Etc, the author Elizabeth Pisani begins by comparing her relationship with Indonesia to that with her ‘Bad Boyfriends’: ‘It prompts laughter, produces that warm fuzzy feeling that goes with familiarity and slightly embarrassing shared intimacies. Then it forgets important anniversaries, insults friends, and tells endless low-grade lies. Just when you think you are really

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Indonesian Swear Words

Indonesian curse words are the last topic that I want to talk about. The main reason is that it can easily cause misunderstanding when used by non-native speakers. However, one day, one of students said, “How do we know if we are being cursed?”. That was a good point I said. With that, please use

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Indonesian Grammar

Is in Indonesian

As we implicitly mentioned in this post, is in Indonesian is optional. In fact, most of the time it is not used by Indonesian speakers. In today’s blog post, we will give you two definitions of “is” so your Indonesian sounds natural. Is in Bahasa Indonesia can be translated into adalah. Adalah is normally used

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Indonesian Grammar

The Meaning of Saja in Indonesian

Saja in Indonesian means only or just, with a quick Google search will give you this result. However, Saja has other definitions depending on the contexts. In this blog post, we will explain the definitions of saja beyond its most common meaning. Saja means only This meaning is the same the word hanya. The difference

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What languages are spoken in Indonesia?

As an Indonesian language teacher, I am often asked by my international students about languages spoken in Indonesia. This question normally occurs after my students find out people in Bali have different accents and they hear different languages on the street. So, in this blog post, I want to answer the question. There are 653

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Indonesian Expressions

Indonesian Thank You

As a magic word, thank you is an important word to learn. In this blog post, we will go beyond Indonesian thank you terima kasih. We will learn the variations and the equivalent words in local languages in Indonesia. If you prefer short video explanation, watch this video. For more examples, keep reading after the

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Culture

Meaning of Mas

As Indonesian teachers, we often get a question ‘what is the meaning of mas?’ So today’s post is dedicated to other Indonesian learners out there who might have the same question. The meaning of mas is ‘older brother/bro’. It drives from Javanese language, but it is used national wide. It’s known across the country because

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Indonesian Learning

Learn Indonesian in Bali

Known as an easy language and spoken by millions of people, many foreign speakers want to learn Indonesian language. If you are new to the Indonesian language, this article is perfect for you as we will talk about four main topics about learning Indonesian: what is Bahasa Indonesia? Why should you learn it? How can

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What language do they speak in Bali?

Plan to visit Bali in the near future and wondering what language they speak in Bali? Keep reading as we will discuss languages spoken in the Paradise in this blog post. More interested in watching, here is a video for you: Due to its popularity as one of the most visited holiday destinations in the

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Indonesian Grammar

Ada in Indonesian

As one of the most common words, Ada in Indonesian is an important word to learn. However, many of our learners are sometimes confused with ada meaning in Indonesian so in this blog post, we will discuss this Indonesian grammar point. In general, there are three uses of ada: existence (like there is, there are),