Indonesian Language Learning

Overview

Indonesian, or Bahasa Indonesia, is the national and official language of Indonesia. Though Indonesia is the 4th most populous country in the world, the archipelago nation is so culturally and ethnically diverse that there are over 740 languages spoken natively; Bahasa Indonesia is spoken natively by only about 23 million (one-tenth of the country’s population), but it is taught in schools as the national language and another 140 million speak it at L2.

Indonesian is an Austronesian language, a subset of the Malay language. Understanding Indo (a colloquial abbreviation Indonesians use often to refer to their language) has great benefits, in that Malay is easily understandable as well; this opens up doors, as Malay is a national language of Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia, also.

Pronunciation

It’s not a super-tough language to learn, frankly. Especially if you are familiar with English, having no tenses and simple pluralizing rules are some other factors that make Indo an easier language. Some consider it about the easiest major language to learn, though that depends on your native language and other variables. Check out the alphabet and pronunciation guide HERE »

Basic Language Phrasebooks & Guides

Get by in your destination country, albeit barely!

Intermediate Language Phrasebooks & Guides

Get more comfortable in the language.

Word & Phrase Lists

Conversational

  • Describing Feelings & Expressing Emotions
  • Paying, Money & Exchange
  • Checking In & Out (Accommodations)
  • Meeting People & Getting Acquainted
  • Language Difficulties

Advanced Language Phrasebooks & Guides

Really impress the locals with your knowledge of their language!

Word & Phrase Lists

  • Key Verbs
  • Countries Word List
  • Languages & Nationalities Word List
  • Occupations Word List
  • Health-Related Word List

Conversational

  • Getting Through Security & Customs
  • Introducing People
  • Describing People

More Goodies

Word lists and some colorful terms and phrases that the other language guides and phrasebooks won’t teach you 😉

  • Colloquial & Slang
  • Curse Words
  • Colorful Phrases
  • Love, Flirting, Pickup Lines, Etc.
  • Buildings & Architecture Word List
  • Restaurant Menu Items Word List
  • Bar & Club Menu Items Word List
  • Clothing & Materials Word List
  • Grocery Items Word List
  • Body Parts Word List
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