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14 February 2009 @ 10:00 am
[Bahasa Indonesia] • References  
I like to pick things up to rewire my brain. And, dear God, Indonesian is doing just that. It's deceptively simple, but it forces me to think in a way that's entirely different from the way I would have to think in English.

Learning Indonesian - A more detailed page with audio clips.
Learning Bahasa Indonesia - A nice beginner's page with links to other resources.
Flirting in Indonesia - A nice beginner's guide to Indonesian that's mostly a useful phrasebook.
Omniglot: Indonesian alphabet, pronunciation, and language - Always a good source, with good links:

Indonesian language and culture learning resources

Information about Indonesian

Indonesian phrases

Online Indonesian dictionaries

Kursus Bahasa: Sistem Penyelenggaraan Kelas

Indonesian Electronic talking dictionaries

Additionally, three non-electronic sources that I checked out from my school library:

Mintz, Malcom W. A course in conversational Indonesian, with equivalent Malay vocabulary. Singapore: EPB Publishers Pte Ltd, 1994. (UNC Call Number: PL5073 .M56 1994)

Sneddon, James Neil. Indonesian: a comprehensive grammar. New York: Routledge, 1996. (UNC Call Number: PL5073 .S56 1996)

Rosenfeld, K.M. and C. J. Gainty. Indonesian. Pimsleur language programs (audiocasettes), 1999. (UNC Call Number: 65-LANG33)
Current Mood: nerdy
shattered_prose on July 4th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Oh! Just so you know, the easiest & best way to learn Indonesian is to actually go to Indonesia. Malaysians always think they know Indonesian (since the language is so similar) but hearing ordinary Malaysians try their 'indonesian' accent is a running joke amongst everyone in Jakarta. And language you find in Indonesian books / language books are deceptive too ... since NO ONE speaks like that in real life. Kinda sad, really.

In the end, the only thing that makes Indonesian hard is the divide between colloquial indonesian and 'official' indonesian. By the way, it's always wonderful to speak Indonesian because you can muck up your grammar all you like and it's still understandable. Indonesians often do that, anyway XD