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If you want to learn Indonesian online, this is the best place to start.

The simple dialogue on the right gives you an idea of how we start learning. We simply jump in and get started. There's no need to learn any grammar or explain anything in English, simply get started listening and speaking Indonesian. Language learning is a physical process! Learn by doing!!

We also focus on 'intuitive learning'. In the dialogue to the right, even if you don't know a single word in Indonesian you can immediately recognize that "Apa?" = "What?", and "Ini." = "This.". Simple, right?

And you probably also quickly realized that:
"Iya, itu buku saya juga." = "Yeah, that's my book also."
juga = too, also

You may feel a need or desire to 'slow down' and think about it and 'try and remember' things. Don't. That's the traditional learning approach that simply isn't as good.

We intentionally want to 'distract your conscious mind'. Go ahead and let it be busy trying to remember different nouns like 'buku' (book), 'majalah' (magazine), 'koran' (newspaper). They're not the important words to be learning anyway.

First, you simply want to master 'apa' (what), 'siapa' (who), 'ini' (this), 'itu' (that).

Next, learn the words 'mana' (where), 'sini' (here) and 'sana' (there).

And when I say "learn the words", I don't mean in your 'brain', I mean in your ears and mouth. And then they will become stored much 'deeper' in your brain. Like riding a bike: you won't forget.

Of course you also need to learn basic words like 'terima kasih' (thank you), but these aren't 'foundation words' that you can build on. It's better to first learn some 'foundation words' that will provide a basis for ongoing learning.

The next 'foundation words' to learn are 'saya' (I, me, my), 'kamu' (you, your), 'dia' (he, she, his, her), 'kita' (we, our), 'mereka' (them, their).

And while you're busy learning these words and exercising your ears and mouth, you'll be 'embedding' a very important grammatical aspect.

You'll be hearing and saying 'buku saya' (my book), 'buku dia' (his book), 'ibu kamu' (your mom), 'teman saya' (my friend), 'majalah saya' (my magazine), etc, etc, many times, over and over.

Your 'brain' (conscious mind) will be busy trying to remember the words 'buku' (book), 'majalah' (magazine), 'koran' (newspaper), 'ibu' (mom, mother), 'teman' (friend), etc, and you'll be absorbing the very important grammatical concept that the possessive pronoun comes after the noun.

We know from experience how important this is. We had one student who had studied intensively for 3 months in Australia before being posted to Indonesia. She repeatedly said 'saya suami' (my husband).

Obviously, she was translating from English.

We explained that if she had learned with our program in the first place, it would be 'physically impossible' for her to make that mistake. She would have heard and said 'suami saya' (my husband), 'teman saya' (my friend), 'buku saya' (my book), 'majalah saya' (my magazine), etc, so many times that it would simply 'come out correctly' before her brain even turned on to try and translate it from English.

Another important feature of our program is the 'grouping' of words in vocabulary lists, as shown on the right. By placing related words side-by-side, we're essentially helping you 'organize' these words in your own head.

Give it a try now, to learn some Indonesian! Select one of the audio files below and have a listen. These are very useful dialogues for those of you who don't know even a single word of Indonesian as well as students with a basic knowledge of up to 50 words.

Note, we don't waste time talking in English, or put you to sleep learning the alphabet, phonetics and grammar. You immediately get 'immersed' in the language, but instead of dropping you in over your head like other language programs, ours lets you get your feet wet in the 'kiddie pool'.

Level 0 - Dialogue 1   (Click to play.)
(click to view text)   (click a second time to close)

Bob Saja (Just Bob)
(click to view text)

Apa ini? / Apa itu?
(Click to view text.)

And that's really it in a nutshell. It's not rocket science but it does take a lot of attention to details to really set up a language program well.
We're trying to do that.

If you'd like to get started with a learning package, or get more information on what's included in the language learning packages, then click here:
Get started learning Indonesian!

If you have any questions, just send us an email.

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How many of the words from above do you remember? Perhaps none, and that's okay!! That's normal. Things in short term memory quickly get thrown out and replaced with the next new bits of information. And that's why a language learning program has to be specifically designed to compensate for that.

When you turn the page.. POOF!! It's all gone. Even moving on to the next paragraph is often enough for you to forget a newly 'learned' word.

And that's just it. You haven't 'learned' anything! You've seen the word once, your conscious mind looked at it, made the association to the English word and said, "Okay, got it."

But we all know he didn't get it. It's normally gone from memory moments later.

So what's the best way to learn Indonesian?

Come on over and we'll tell you what we think.
How to learn Indonesian FAST!

  The best way to begin learning Indonesian is simply LISTEN, READ and SPEAK.
Try this for absolute Newbies!

Newbie 01
(Click to play with new pop-out player that stays in view as you scroll down reading the dialogue.) _______________________________________________
Apa ini? (What's this?)
Apa?
Ini.
Itu buku. (That's a book.)
Buku siapa? [Book who?]
Buku saya. (My book.)
Buku kamu? (Your book?)
Iya, buku saya.

Ini buku kamu juga?
Iya, itu buku saya.
Dan ini?
Iya, itu buku saya juga.

Ini apa?
Apa?
Ini.
Itu majalah.
Majalah siapa?
Majalah saya.
Majalah kamu?
Iya, majalah saya.

Dan ini?
Itu majalah saya juga.

(looking at a photo)
Ini siapa? (Who's this?)
Mana? (Where?)
Ini.
Itu anak saya.
Namanya siapa?
Rayhan.
Umurnya berapa?
(How old is he?)
Delapan. (8)
Tinggal di mana dia?
(Where does he live?)
Sama ibunya.
(With his mom.)

Ini apa?
Koran.

And so on..

Each individual student can progress at whatever speed they're comfortable with.

Another important factor is to trust the method and trust yourself. Just 'let it happen' and you will learn very quickly.


selamat pagi
(good morning)
selamat siang
selamat sore
selamat malam
Here's a list of words to get you going, and remember, don't waste time and effort trying to memorize words. Glance over the list quickly and let your intuitive learning ability take control.

apa
siapa
mana
kenapa
bagaimana
berapa

juga

saya
kamu
dia
mereka

buku
majalah
koran
pulpen
pensil
meja
kursi

suami
istri
anak
kakak
adik
ayah
ibu

bapak
ibu
teman

nama
umur

dari
ke
di

sama

tinggal
kerja
main
baca
mau
makan
minum
tidur

jam
waktu
jam berapa

sekarang
nanti
tadi

hari ini
kemaren
besok

pagi
siang
sore
malam

hai
halo


what
who
where
why
how
how many

also, too

I, me, my
you, your
he/she
they

book
magazine
newspaper
pen
pencil
table
chair

husband
wife
child
older br/sis
younger br/s
dad
mom

mister
ma'am
friend

name
age

from
to
in, at, on

same; with

live, stay
work
play
read
want
eat
drink
sleep

time, hour
time
what time

now
later
earlier

today
yesterday
tomorrow

morning
mid-day
afternoon
night

hi
hello