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How long to learn Indonesian?

Indonesian is considered by many people one of the easiest languages to learn. It has simple grammar and it’s phonetic, meaning that one letter represents one sound like in Spanish. Knowing that, how long does it take to learn Indonesian? It takes about 900 hours or 36 weeks of full-time study to be fluent in

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Why do people say Bahasa Language for Indonesian Language?

Bahasa language or simply Bahasa is a common misconception term for Indonesian language. I often get a surprise look when my students find out that “bahasa” means “language”. Then they start to realize the term doesn’t really make sense. There are two ways to refer to the official language of republic Indonesia. Internationally, it’s known

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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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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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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. Due to its popularity as one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world, people in Bali learn to speak many foreign languages

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Is Indonesian hard to learn?

A very common question we often get is ‘Is Bahasa Indonesia easy?’ or ‘Is Indonesian hard to learn?’. In this blog post, we want to convince you that Indonesian is one of easiest languages in the world. Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) was created to be the national language of 260 million speakers of thousands of

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Bahasa Indonesia Course

Are you thinking of taking a Bahasa Indonesia course but you not sure which language school to go to? We have a few considerations for you! Choosing an Indonesian language school can be tricky as there are so many options available both in-class and online learnings. We provide four steps for you to follow in