Simply the BEST method for learning Indonesian!

Mau belajar bahasa Indonesia?    (Click on Indonesian text to hear it. Use 'ctrl' to pause.)
If you want to learn Indonesian, this is it. This is the best place online for learning Indonesian.

All you really need to learn Indonesian is to see, hear and pracitce speaking it. You literally 'speak to learn' Indonesian, not learn to speak Indonesian. It's a physical process, not a mental one. And you need to hear words and expressions as spoken by native speakers.

Sound like a native speaker!

Selamat pagi.  (Good morning.)
(sounds like S'lamat pagi.)

delapan  (eight)
(sounds like 'lapan. You often don't hear a 'd' sound at all.)
(Often you'll hear d'lapan with a slight 'd' but like 'selamat' you'll never hear a strong 'se' or 'de' to start the word.)

belajar  (learn)    (sounds like b'lajar)

Siap belajar bahasa Indonesia?   ( Are you ready to learn Indonesian? )

Siap.   ( Yes. ) [ Ready. ]

( Iya, saya siap. )   ( Yes. I'm ready. )

belajar   ( learn )

Selamat pagi.   ( Good morning. )

Selamat siang.   ( from 10am - 3pm )

Selamat sore.   ( from 3pm - dark )

Selamat malam.   ( Good evening. / Good night. )


What's the word for 'big'?
Yes, the 'proper' word is 'besar' but in Jakarta you will almost never hear a local use it, they will always say 'gede'.

I constantly meet people who have learned some Indonesian with other programs and books, yet they have no idea how to say many basic things. For example, the expression "What are you doing?": Lagi ngapain?

It's also important to learn "(Kamu) Sedang apa?" and perhaps it's more commonly used in other regions, but in Jakarta the only thing they ever say is "Lagi ngapain?". And it's usually quite difficult for beginners to learn how to say it. The 'nga' is like the 'nga' in 'Singapore' and 'sing a song'. Try it. 'ngapore', 'nga'. The next part is pronounced 'pa-een'. Now try them together: ngapain.

Lagi ngapain?  ( What are you doing? )

The best way to begin learning Indonesian, or any language, is simply:
LISTEN, READ and SPEAK. Try it!

Apa ini?   ( What's this? )

Apa?   ( What? )

Ini.   ( This. )

Itu buku.   ( That's a book. )

Buku siapa?   ( Whose book? )

Buku saya.   ( My book. )

Buku kamu?   ( Your book? )

Iya, buku saya.   ( Yes, my book. )


Are you serious about learning Indonesian?
You should be!! Really, it's probably the easiest language in the world to learn if you have a good program and you'll get so much enjoyment using it while you're in Indonesia.

If you're an absolute beginner, keep reading. If you already know some Indonesian, go to beginner, pre-intermediate or intermediate.

When you start learning a language, or anything for that matter, it's vitally important that you learn properly from the beginning! Bad habits are VERY hard to fix later. In Indonesian you say 'buku saya' (my book), 'nama saya' (my name), etc. We had an Australian lady who had already had over a month of intensive lessons in Australia before her posting to Jakarta and she constantly said 'saya suami' because she was thinking 'my husband'. Learning with our method makes it physically impossible to make such a mistake because you learn physically (read, listen, speak) and intuitively.

Our learning packages are ideal for self-learning as you can listen to the dialogues and practice speaking along using the audio control feature. You can then progress through all the exercises to physically 'lock in' the new vocabularly.

Check out our Indonesian Learning Packages!
   Beginner      Pre-Intermediate      Intermediate
Or, keep reading for information on our new audio based program for learning Indonesian.

Listen and Learn!
We're now creating a new program that helps you learn Indonesian from your phone. Simply listen, read along and practice speaking along with the Indonesian audio.

Our Indonesian learning packages are best suited for learning with a laptop or tablet so that you have a larger screen to view the pages. Now, with our responsive webpage design, we're able to provide you with a program that you can comfortably use on your phone.

Try it now: Audio Program for learning Indonesian or continue with the previous audio sample and then check out the new audio program from the links at the bottom of the page.

Continue LISTENING, READING and SPEAKING Indonesian.

Ini buku kamu juga?   ( Is this your book also? )

Iya, itu buku saya.   ( Yes, that's my book. )

Dan ini?   ( And this? )

Iya, itu buku saya juga.   ( Yes, that's my book too. )

Ini apa?   ( What's this? )

Apa?   ( What? )

Ini.   ( This. )

Itu majalah.   ( That's a magazine. )

Majalah siapa?   ( Whose magazine is it? )

Majalah saya.   ( It's my magazine. )

Majalah kamu?   ( It's your magazine? )

Iya, majalah saya.   ( Yes, it's my magazine. )

Dan ini?   ( And this? )

Itu majalah saya juga.   ( That's also my magazine. )

Ini siapa?    ( Who's this? )

Mana?   ( Where? )

Ini.   ( Here. )[ This. ]

Itu anak saya.   ( That's my son. )

Namanya siapa?   ( What's his name? )

Rayhan.   

Umurnya berapa?   ( How old is he? )

Delapan.   ( Eight. )

Tinggal di mana dia?   ( Where does he live? )

Sama ibunya.   ( With his mom. )

Ini apa?   ( What's this? )

Koran.    ( A newspaper. )


How much Indonesian have you just learned?
The fact is, we often forget seconds after we've been told something. Thus, 'spaced repetition' has to be designed into a good program.

If you're an absolute beginner, you may not remember many of the words and expressions introduced so far. You need to see (and hear) everything repeatedly and from 'different angles' in order for you to completely learn it.

Repeating something 5 times in a row will NOT help you remember it, although it will help you with your pronuciation IF you physically say it out loud after hearing it AND you pay attention to how you sound compared to the native speaker.

To remember a new word, you need a bit of time to 'begin to forget' and then hear (and see) it again. Then your brain will go 'Ah yeah!' and the new neural connection gets strengthened. This has to be repeated about 5-7 times with an increasing time period or 'space' between repeating and then you will have learned it. It's a simple, physical reality of how the brain works.

If a language learning program is specifically designed with this in mind, then you literally learn effortlessly, automatically.

Here's a fun beginner dialogue:   Bob Saja   (Just Bob)

Selamat datang, di Bintang Bahasa  ( Welcome, to Bintang Bahasa. )

Di mana  ( To where? )

Di Bintang Bahasa  ( To Bintang Bahasa. )

Di mana itu  ( Where's that? )

Di sini  ( Here. )

Bintang Bahasa (ada) di sini  ( Bintang Bahasa is here. )

Ini Bintang Bahasa  ( This is Bintang Bahasa. )

Oh, iya  ( Oh, yeah? )

Iya! Ini Bintang Bahasa  ( Yes! This is Bintang Bahasa! )

..uhh.. Kamu siapa  ( ..uhh.. Who are you? )

Saya? Saya Bob.   ( Me? I'm Bob. )

Bob?   ( Bob? )

Iya, Bob.   ( Yes, Bob. )


Bob siapa  ( Bob who? )

Bob saja  ( Just Bob. )

Bob Saja  ( Just Bob? )

Iya, Bob saja  ( Yes, just Bob. )

Oke, Mister Saja..   ( Ok, Just Bob. )

Nggak, nggak. Bob. Bob saja  ( No, no. Bob. Just Bob. )

Iya, saya bilang Mister Saja  ( Yeah, that's what I said, Just Bob. )

Tapi nama saya Bob saja  ( But my name is just Bob. )

Bob Saja  ( Just Bob? )

Iya, Bob saja  ( Yes, just Bob. )

Oke, Mister Saja..   ( Ok, Just Bob. )

Nggak, nggak. Bob. Bob saja  ( No, no. Bob. Just Bob. )

Bob Saja  ( Just Bob? )

Iya, Bob saja  ( Yes, just Bob. )

Oke, Saja  ( Ok, Just. )

Nggak, nama saya Bob.   ( No, my name is Bob. )

Bob?   ( Bob? )

Iya, Bob. Bob saja  ( Yes, Bob. Just Bob. )

Bob Saja  ( Just Bob? )

Iya, Bob saja  ( Yes, just Bob. )

Saya di mana  ( Where am I? )

Di Bintang Bahasa  ( At Bintang Bahasa. )

Dan.. Bintang Bahasa di mana  ( And.. where's Bintang Bahasa? )

Di sini  ( Here. )

Ini Bintang Bahasa  ( This is Bintang Bahasa. )

Dan nama kamu..?   ( And your name is..? )

Bob.   ( Bob. )

Bob Saja  ( Just Bob? )

Iya, Bob saja  ( Yeah, just Bob. )

Dan di sini Bintang Bahasa  ( And this is Bintang Bahasa? )

Betul  ( Correct. )

Oke.. saya ada di Bintang Bahasa dan kamu Bob Saja  ( Ok.. I'm at Bintang Bahasa and you're Just Bob. )

Betul  ( Correct. )

Kamu dari mana  ( Where are you from? )

Saya  ( Me? )

Iya, kamu  ( Yes, you. )

Saya dari Australia.   ( I'm from Australia. )

Ahh!! Australia.   ( Ahh!! Australia. )

Nama kamu siapa  ( What's your name? )

Nama saya  ( My name? )

Iya, nama kamu. Nama kamu siapa  ( Yes, your name. What’s your name? )

Nama saya Andy.   ( My name's Andy. )

Hai Andy, selamat datang di Bintang Bahasa  ( Hi Andy, welcome to Bintang Bahasa. )

Hai... Bob?   ( Hi... Bob? )

Bagus  ( Good! )

Mari.. kita lihat  ( Come.. let's have a look. )



Sekarang siap belajar bahasa Indonesia?
( Are you ready to learn Indonesian now? )

Check out our Indonesian Learning Packages!
Beginner      Pre-Intermediate      Intermediate

Or, learn Indonesian from your phone!
Audio Program for learning Indonesian


Learning Options:

(All prices in USD)



With the learning packages, you would then continue to some simple exercises which again, physically help you learn the language. You literally don't have to think or try and remember anything. In fact, it's better if you don't. Simply follow the process physically and let your intuitive learning abilities take over. Thinking generally makes things worse.

Likewise with our new audio program for learning Indonesian, we don't want you 'thinking' and 'trying to remember things'. We want you relaxed and listening, focusing on the sound and simply trying to copy the sound. With many words and expressions, that can be challenging, to simply copy the sound, since it involves physical movements and positions that you've never done before, like rolling the 'r', etc.

Unlike most audio programs, we also don't want you listening to a lot of English. We want your mind (via your ears) to be focused on the Indonesian sounds and have them 'echoing' in your mind while you read any English comments.

It's all about 'intuitive learning' and 'physical learning'. The less you 'think about it' the better. It's really amazing to see how effective it is and we'd love to share it with you!

Sekarang siap belajar bahasa Indonesia?
( Are you ready to learn Indonesian now? )

Check out our Indonesian Learning Packages!
Beginner      Pre-Intermediate      Intermediate

Or, learn Indonesian from your phone!
Audio Program for learning Indonesian


Learning Options:

(All prices in USD)



Is our program for learning Indonesian really the best?

That's an excellent question and I have to answer in all honesty, yes. Our one competitor is LearningIndonesian.com and they have a nice program but most people find that it progresses very slowly. Another good program and concept was JapanesePod101. They were very successful and copied their successful format to other languages, including IndonesianPod101. Unfortunately, they became a big company whose focus was on marketing and making money. Shaun and Cici, from learningindonesian.com, state the problem very clearly on their homepage:

"Publishing companies often assign language course development and support to inexperienced course writers and staff. This is particularly common for languages like Indonesian because they are not "big money makers" when compared to Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, etc. As a result, Indonesian learners using these products suffer from a lack of any real investment by these companies. The courses are just not very well done in comparison."

The problem with learning from Indonesian friends, or your wife, as in Shaun's case, is that they usually won't teach you Indonesian the way it's spoken by all the locals including themselves. I don't recommend you learn all the local slang but at least learn what's commonly spoken by the locals, and remember that words and expressions will often vary depending on where you are in Indonesia. We try to teach you all the most common variations and you can add to those as you travel and discover new variations.

As with Shaun and Cici, we simply want to help you learn Indonesian. We're not doing it for the money, but making the program is a lot of work and you can't make any money from Google Ads or anything else, so, we have to charge a modest fee to the students.

If you've read this far, you're obviously serious about learning Indonesian, so let's get started! And don't worry, we offer a 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money fully refunded.

Check out our Indonesian Learning Packages!
Beginner      Pre-Intermediate      Intermediate

Or, learn Indonesian from your phone!
Audio Program for learning Indonesian


Learning Options:

(All prices in USD)



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Selamat datang di Indonesia.    di = in, at, on
Selamat datang ke Indonesia. (wrong)    ke = to
Lagi ngapain? (What are you doing?)
(In Jakarta, it's really the only expression used by Indonesians in informal speech. "Anda sedang apa?" is technically more correct but the word 'anda' is rarely used even in formal situations. It's better to say 'Bapak sedang apa?' or 'Ibu sedang apa?')
kayaknya ("it seems" / "I think")
(Everyone is taught the word 'seperti', which is also correct and important to learn, but we've yet to meet a student who was taught the word 'kayaknya', yet it's very, very commonly used.)

Kayak apa? / Seperti apa? = Like what?
Kayaknya mau hujan. (I think it's going to rain. / It looks like it's going to rain.)
Note, the word 'mau' is used for a LOT of things other than just 'want'. Similarly, the word 'enak' is used for a lot of things other than just 'tasty' (of food). It also means 'comfortable'and 'convenient' or simply 'it's nice'.
Dia lagi dengarin musik di radio.
Yes, you can also say "Dia sedang mendengarkan musik di radio." but that's not what a local will say and it's so much harder to learn.
It's incorrect to say "Dia sedang mendengar musik di radio."
mendengar = hear  ;  mendengarkan = listen to (something)
Oh, ketinggalan.
Simple, yeah? You can also add the word 'ada', but usually they won't. "Oh, (ada) ketinggalan."
Similarly: "Did you forget something?" = "Ketinggalan?" (Ada yang ketinggalan?)
Remember, the simple expressions are more natural, more common and MUCH easier to learn!
(Saya) Baru tahu itu.
And Indonesians will commonly say in English: "I just knew that." or "I just know that."
It's very important to stop translating from English and simply use Indonesian as it was intended. Developing a 'feel' for a language begins with the very first lesson if the program is set up properly.


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