Indonesian is spoken in five neighbouring countries. It is one of the eaiest languages to learn, and has the same script as English. Discover the beauty and variety of places, sub-culture and food.

Tue 06 Feb 2018 - Tue 03 Apr 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
9 spots remaining.

Tue 08 May 2018 - Tue 03 Jul 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Indonesian is spoken in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Serawak, and Singapore, and it is one of the easiest languages to learn. This course is designed for beginners, who want to learn Indonesian language either for work, travel or for any other reason. You will be introduced to the basic language structure and vocabularies, to help you communicate in simple everyday contexts. The course covers topics of what you may experience when travelling or working in Indonesia. Culture and tradition related to the topics will be discussed.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Following a general introduction to the Indonesian language including dialects and the five distinctive languages there will be a focus on the correct pronunciation and intonation to avoid misunderstanding, basic sentence construction and how to ask and answer questions, with a focus on using the proper "you".
  • Topic 2: The main topic will be on country of origins and nationalities working on the use of personal pronouns. You will also learn numbers 1-10 and how to use possessive statements such as, "this is my book."
  • Topic 3: You will learn how to introduce yourself, family and friends as well as learning numbers up to 100.
  • Topic 4: You will learn how to construct a sentence with verbs to asking questions and providing responses.
  • Topic 5: The topic of focus will be on food including inviting people over for dinner and ordering and accepting meals. There will also be a look at Indonesian culture of food and traditions.
  • Topic 6: You will learn how to shop including numbers in the millions, colour, shapes and units and how to compare items.
  • Topic 7: There will be a focus on health, parts of the body, common words and expressions and how to ask how someone is feeling as well as what it means to be sick in Indonesia.
  • Topic 8: You will learn about travelling in Indonesia including telling the time, how to ask and give directions and key expressions.
  • Topic 9: You will learn how to communicate with Indonesians regarding different events, asking for assistance, giving instructions and expressing your hopes and wishes.
  • Topic 10: The focus will be on socialising with Indonesians including learning how the main religion - Islam - influences much of everyday life. You will learn about education, main laws such as marriages and inheritance, working, ceremonies and national holidays. Interactive discussion on the cultural norms will be integrated throughout the course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • introduce yourself, family and friends
  • ask questions, answer and express your wants/needs, likes/dislike, what you agree/disagree with, Thanksgiving and regrets
  • describing and compare items
  • explain about healthknow how to shop and ask directions
  • understand some of the Indonesian culture applied in everyday life
  • confidently travel in Indonesia

Who should enrol

Anyone with a general interest in the language or planning to travel or work in Indonesia.

Course materials

There are no text requirements for our Indonesian courses. Please bring a pen and notepad to each class.

No dates are currently scheduled.

This course will continue to develop your skills in Bahasa and help build confidence, especially in listening and speaking skills. Culture and tradition related to topics will also be discussed.

Course outline

  • Topic 1Introduction - Kenalkan yourself, family, pernah ke Indonesia, dimana belajar bahasa Indonesia.  Test uji: Bagaimana bahasa Indonesia anda?  Simple sentence and verbal sentence.  Speak and write in proper order: Subject –Verb – Object (+ tenses/time, place phrase).  Revision:  PP.
  • Topic 2How to write and speak in proper Indonesian sentence.   Note the construction.  How to extent a simple sentence to complicated sentence (adding: modifying wordspossessives, and adjectives – brief revision of the rules of those words).  Dialogue with prefix ber- PR (HW)
  • Topic 3: Askingmaking enquiries:  apakah, dimana, bagaimana, berapa, kapan, etc.  Question with no answer: mungkinkah?   Dialogue: Getting arround in the city.  Asking dimana stasiun kereta api, asking direction   Prefix-me
  • Topic 4: Health services.  The focus is how to express your health and ask for help.  You will learn more about tenses in words, part of the day, clock, alamanak.  Dialogue: Jim sakit perut, buang-buang air sejak. Prefiix: di-
  • Topic 5: Makanan apa?   You will learn about forming a noun from other words.  Preferences.  Dialogue: Anda suka makan makanan apa? Prefix: -an dan per
  • Wk-6:  Buying things from shops.  Focus on imperative forms.  Dialogue: Berbelanja di toko pakaian.  Prefix: ter- Baju itu tidak terbeli oleh saya.   
  • Wk-7:  conversation on the phone.  Focus on speaking and taking notes.  Sampaikan, ada, adalah.  Dialogue:  Ini siapa?  Bagaimana di situ.   Di sini, disana, di situ.  Prefix me-kan
  • Wk-8:  Visiting someone.  Focus on formal and informal language.  Expressions, code of conduct
    Speaking in Indonesian only: discuss the difference visiting s.o. in Indonesia and Australia.
    Prefix; me-i
  • Wk-9:  Communication with locals.  Focus on formal and informal Indonesian.  How to address people.   Grammar: Reduplication.  Saudara-saudara sekalian.  Dialogue: Percakapan dengan street hawker dan pegawai kantor.  Prefix: memper-

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • communicate confidently in Bahasa and know how to use an Indonesian dictionary
  • use the language effectively in solving simple problems, knows where to go
  • read and understand uncomplicated statements, advertisements, and short letters
  • write short simple statements/reports and replies to letters
  • listen to, understand and respond to the native speakers’ simple expressions, or questions
  • speak/express your thoughts, ask questions as well as respond
  • understand customs and traditions, do's and don'ts applied in everyday life and feel confident when travelling in Indonesia

Who should enrol

Those who have completed Beginning Indonesian 1 or similar study of approximately 18-20 hours.