Are you ready to learn Indonesian? Great!! We're absolutely committed to helping you do that. Let's begin by answering your question:
Which package is best for you?
If you're still a beginner or 'survival level', then we recommend you start with the Introductory Package. Quite often people with more advanced Bahasa skills, still get the Introductory Package in order to 'fill in the blanks' on what they missed when they learned before.
The introductory package takes you to a level where you can manage pretty well speaking Indonesian. It covers a 'core vocabulary' of about 150 words, which may not sound like a lot, but you'll be amazed how much you can say when you've learned how to use those words well.
The pre-intermediate package continues from the base of 150 words and builds you up to a working vocabulary of 500 words. This puts you at a level where you could comfortably carry on a conversation in Indonesian. At times you'll be lacking a word or two, but you'll have no trouble expressing your ideas.
Quite often we've had people get this package and find it too difficult and they get the Introductory Package as well. Each package provides a lot of learning! You'll be surprised.
The intermediate package takes you in stages to a vocabulary level of 1200 words. At this point you can easily express all your ideas and will naturally learn more words simply by speaking, reading and listening to Indonesian.
What's included in the packages?
The core element of the Learning Packages are the dialogues and related exercises. Details of these are illustrated below.
The reason this technique for learning Indonesian is so effective, is that it focuses on physical learning. Simply listen to the audio and read along. Next, the series of exercises gently activate your brain without creating any stress or anxiety.
The package is fully downloadable so you can use it offline; wherever and whenever you want.
The mp3 audio files can also be copied to your mp3 player and listened to while exercising, driving or whatever. Even while you're sleeping or resting!
The PDF files can be printed for studying while sitting in your favourite chair.
Various other handy items are included, such as a dictionary, where you can quickly look up a word. And for extra vocabulary work there's the "10 Words a Day" section. (Introductory Package only)
Bob Saja (Just Bob)
This favourite of many is also one of the easiest audios from the Introductory Package.
Level 0 - Dialogue 1
Level 0 is a collection of individual dialogues at the same level as the above dialogue series.
Another reason why the program is so effective is it 'attacks' the basics from many angles and helps create a really solid foundation on which future learning will build on.
Level 1 - Dialogue 1
The 'Level 1' collection of dialogues are noticeably more difficult but still contain a lot of review of the basics. The speed is kept natural, since it's important to train your hearing to be able to manage with 'real' Indonesian.
Level 2 - Dialogue 1
The Pre-Intermediate Package includes Level 2 and Level 3 dialogues. As you can see from this sample, it's a smooth transition from the Level 1 dialogues and continues to work on basics Level 0.
Level 4 - Dialogue 1
This is the first dialogue in the Intermediate Package which covers Level 4 and Level 5. As you can see from this sample, you're already able to manage a wide range over conversation.
Steps for Learning Indonesian with the Learning Packages
The following description applies to the Introductory Package, but the concept and techniques are the same for all packages. People who have used our lessons are constantly surprised by how much their Indonesian ability improves, and how quickly because the dialogues are 'real'. It's not 'text book Bahasa'. It's what you will hear and use every day.
The first step is to read and listen to dialogues where new words are added gradually, with definitions provided, and words and expressions are repeated in a natural manner but often enough to greatly help them 'sink in'. This is much, much more effective than lists of words and sample sentences. By reading the dialogues and speaking along with the audio, you are 'physically' learning Indonesian. You're training your mouth and ears and your intuitive learning abilities are allowed to kick in because your conscious mind is overwhelmed. It's a primary concept of our language learning method which I discovered in the book "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain".
After listening to the dialogue once (about 2 minutes) students can either listen again and try speaking along with the audio, or try an exercise where you select the appropriate word. You've just been exposed to your first 20 or so words in Indonesian and you have been 'studying Indonesian' for just 2 minutes, but you will be able to do all the exercises correctly. We've 'tested' it many times and it's great to see how well it works and people are always surprised. That's the power of your 'intuitive mind' versus your 'conscious mind'.
(Notice that the definition of each word is given when you hold your mouse over it.)
Of course the exercise is extremely easy, and that's the secret! Most programs introduce new material and then ask questions that simply cause stress and anxiety in the student. And it requires conscious memory!! It's like trying to fill a bucket that's upside down.
Learning is about connecting neurons in your brain and then, even more importantly, strengthening them through repetition. But not 'one after the other in a list' repetition. That's nearly useless.
Our methods 'turn the bucket over' and then fill it easily and naturally.
After doing several exercises 'selecting the correct answer', the next step is to try typing in the missing word. This is again 'physical learning' and is intended to be 'easy'. Each student is encouraged to progress at whatever speed they feel comfortable with, and it's best to take a relaxed pace and not push on too quickly before you've 'absorbed' the information and really made those neuron connections strong.
Note that mouseover answers are given but physically doing the typing is strongly recommended help 'solidify' the learning process.
The final step is to give the entire dialogue in the opposing language. This approach to learning Indonesian (or any language) makes it more like learning a sport or learning to play a musical instrument. The physical action is paramount, and you'll be surprised, it's like riding a bike, you never forget. :) Seriously, the learning is 'deeper' and it stays with you for much longer even if you're not using it.