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I would like to ask for advise regarding the best institutions to learn Bahasa Indonesia based on your experience. Any suggestions would be great :smile2:
To be honest, the best way is to immerse yourself in the culture. Go out to the side of the roads and talk to people. Go to your local warung and sit down and talk to the folks there. I think thats the best way to learn it :)
What is your location in Indonesia? There is the Indonesan Australian Language Foundation (IALF)found in the Sentra Mulia building directly across from Pasar Festival. www.ialf.edu (http://www.ialf.edu) I went there recently for level 3 and believe they can give you what you need in a structured classroom situation. In Yogyakarta there are several schools. A couple of them have been praised and listed in other threads on this Forum. U could use the search engine here to find them.
Although I did exactly what Paman suggests, starting many years ago you will learn a lot faster if you go to a level one and two course and combine it with getting out on the street and in small eateries, hanging with Indonesians than doing only one of the above.
I found a good website, www.learningindonesian.com which seems quite good to get the basics anyway. I'm hoping to move to Jakarta in June and have been using that to get the basics.
Good start. When I have been away from Indonesia, I often went to Indonesian chat rooms in yahoo messenger if you are so inclined. I got some really great practice out of it.
Thanks so much for the replies, my locations is in Jakarta. I agree that the best way to learn is to socialize with the locals, but I need formal institute to be able to learn the language properly.
Pipin, I already contact the ialf, but apparently they cannot come to my resident or office to teach Bahasa. Any of you familar with AIM or the course from UI? I would like to know which one is best or the finest institute to teach Bahasa. Thank you so much for all of your kind help :)
You can find good training, great teachers and competitive fees at www.sibschool.com
There's also a few people advertising in the local newspapers classifieds sections.
If you go to the papers, get references to prevent a ripoff. Not a normal occurrence with Bahasa Indonesia, but there are good and bad teachers. Find out what you get for your money and what assurances you have if you aren't satisfied. That should go for any institution, too.
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