For anyone who wants to travel to an exotic location and be able to talk with the locals in their own language, Indonesia is an ideal place. The country itself has a huge array of cultural and natural diversity. Although each region has its own local language, which is distinct and not just a dialect, vertually everyone now speaks Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language). It was only declared as the official language of Indonesia in 1945 when Indonesia declared independence. In order to unify such a diverse nation, a common language was clearly needed. Rather than impose the most commonly spoken language, Javanese, which is very difficult and only spoken on Java, the new Indonesian government wisely chose a little known dialect based on a version of Malay from the Riau islands in western Indonesia, now called Riau Indonesian. The concept of one Indonesian language began as early as 1928, following the 1928 unifying-language declaration in the Indonesian Youth Pledge.
From Wikipedia: Almost 100% of Indonesia's 240 million inhabitants speak the language and it is one of most widely spoken languages in the world. Most Indonesians, aside from speaking the national language, are fluent in another regional language or local dialect (examples include Minangkabau, Sundanese, Javanese and Balinese) that are commonly used at home and within the local community. Most formal education, as well as nearly all national media and other forms of communication, are conducted in Indonesian.
The Indonesian name for the language is Bahasa Indonesia (lit. "the language of Indonesia"). This term can sometimes still be found in written or spoken English. In addition, the language is sometimes referred to as "Bahasa" by English speakers, though this simply means "language" and thus is also not an official term for the Indonesian language.
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Actually, Indonesian is a language that has been used as a lingua franca in the Indonesian archipelago for centuries, so it was a natural choice to become the official language upon Indonesian's declaration of independence in 1945.
Being a 'young' language, Indonesian has 'grown' rapidly since its 'birth' in 1945. Proper or formal Indonesian is taught in schools and spoken in formal situations, but the standard, correct version of the Indonesian language is rarely used in daily communication. There are virtually no native Indonesian speakers who use completely formally standard language in their daily conversations.
Thus, the obvious question begs to be asked: why study it? Well, it is needed to read newspapers, understand news broadcasts and participate in formal business or government discussions, but for daily communication it is nearly a foreign language. On a daily basis, Indonesians will either speak their local language (Sundanese, Javanese, etc) or they will speak a 'slang' version of Indonesian (most common in Jakarta area). Through television and radio, 'Jakarta slang' is now well known throughout Indonesia.
As a learner of the Indonesian language, it's best to find a balance between formal Indonesian and daily Indonesian, and in fact Indonesians themselves will do the same, depending on the situation and who they are talking to. For example, the use a much more formal version when talking with their boss versus speaking with their colleagues.
Daily Indonesian is much, much easier to learn because it largely ignores the suffixes and prefixes which most learners of the Indonesian language find particularly difficult. By learning daily Indonesian first, then progressing to more formal Indonesian, the speed of your learning will increase dramatically, and the quality of your Indonesian will be much higher.
Apa ini? (What's this?)
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.
Iya, itu buku saya juga.
Iya, majalah saya.
Itu majalah saya juga.
(looking at a photo)
Ini siapa? (Who's this?)
Itu anak saya.
(How old is he?)
Tinggal di mana dia?
(Where does he live?)
(With his mom.)
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.
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.|
I, me, my
in, at, on