Beginning Indonesian 1

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.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Ida Major 12 October Thursday 6-8pm 9 $335 Enrolments closed

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 health, know how to shop and ask directions
  • understand some of the Indonesian culture applied in everyday life
  • confidently travel in Indonesia

Who should enrol

If you have a general interest in this language and are planning to travel or work in Indonesia

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