Is Bahasa Indonesia easy to learn? - Jembatan Bahasa

March 13th, 2019

Is Bahasa Indonesia easy to learn?

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YES! Bahasa Indonesia was created to be the national language of 260 million speakers of thousands of local languages spread across 17,000 islands. Bahasa Indonesia is a second language for almost all of its speakers. Its success as a national language depends on it being easy to learn and easy to use.

Here are five reasons why Bahasa Indonesia is an easy language to learn.

It’s a phonetic language

This means that each letter in Indonesian represents one sound in any words it was put in. For example, the sound of “I” in “indah” is the same as the “I” in “ibu”. So you basically can pronounce any Indonesian words if you know how to pronounce all the Indonesian alphabets.

Indonesian has no tenses and conjugation

Another easy feature of Bahasa Indonesia is that it doesn’t have any tenses. Instead, it uses time qualifying words to indicate when actions happen. For examples:

I am eating – Saya sedang makan

I will eat – Saya akan makan

I already ate – Saya sudah makan

Bahasa Indonesia also doesn’t have any conjugation, meaning the verbs stay the same regardless of any subject they have. For example:

She/he eats – Dia makan

You eat – Anda makan

I eat – Saya makan

As you can see, the word ‘makan’ doesn’t change even though it has different subjects.

Bahasa Indonesia doesn’t have articles

There are no “a”, “an”, and “the” in this language. For examples:

An apple – apel

A house – rumah

Plural form

In English, to indicate a plural noun, you can add “s” at the end of the word, e.g. houses, tables, teachers. In Bahasa Indonesia, to make a noun plural, you can simply repeat the word. For example:

A house = rumah

Houses = rumah-rumah

You don’t need to repeat the word all the time though. If you already have a word that indicates the noun is plural, then you can say the word once. For example, for “many houses” Indonesians would say “banyak rumah” instead of “banyak rumah-rumah”.

Loan words from English

Bahasa Indonesia has a lot of loan words from English. Most of these words are different in spelling, but similar in pronunciation. Here are some examples:

activist – aktivis

actor – aktor

class – kelas

design – desain

evacuation – evakuasi

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