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    Hi everyone! I am new in the forum and will be new in jakarta in january.

    I am being relocated by my spanish company just for one year, so I am not sure about studying the language.

    I have already been in the country and I will love to find a long term job there, so I think having a good knowledge of the language may help.

    In your experience, Is it possible to get a good level of Indonesian in just one year? Does it woth learning the language? Is it helpful when looking for a job (in business administration or related)?


    Thank you in advance for your answers

    Pablo.

  • #2
    Originally posted by PabloEtc View Post
    (1) ... In your experience, Is it possible to get a good level of Indonesian in just one year?

    (2) Does it woth learning the language?

    (3) Is it helpful when looking for a job (in business administration or related)?

    (1) I didn't learn much in one year , but I I was (and still am) lazy , didn't go to a course neither studied at home (and no Indonesian friend or girlfriend to practice) .

    (2) Yes , I guess (depend on the type of work you have) .

    (3) Yes , I guess .


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    Indonesian Courses :
    http://www.indonesian-online.com/sam...ndonesian-way/ (free online)
    http://bahasakita.com/about/grammar/...ive-sentences/ (free online)
    http://www.learningindonesian.com/about/ (some free lessons)
    http://bahasakita.com/about/grammar/...ive-sentences/
    http://www.ui.ac.id/en/admission/page/overview , http://www.ui.ac.id/en/academic/page/bipa-programs (Univ.Jakarta)
    http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.or...donesia-Course (about courses)
    http://www.wisma-bahasa.or.id/ (through internet & Yogyakarta)
    http://alambahasa.com/faq (through internet & Yogyakarta)
    http://www.puribahasa.net/school (Yogyakarta)
    http://realians.com/ (Yogyakarta)
    http://www.ui.ac.id/en/academic/page/bipa-programs (Univ.Jakarta)
    http://indonesianlanguage.net/learn-...rse-in-bandung (through internet & Bandung)
    http://www.fluencyindonesian.com/course-options/ (Lombok , near Bali)
    http://www.sibschool.com/bahasa-indonesia/ (South Jakarta)
    http://www.cintabahasa.com/ (Bali)
    http://www.calmice.org (Jakarta)
    http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.or...language-tutor

    Indonesian language , private lessons :
    www.kelasbahasa.com (through the internet)

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    • #3
      Absolutely learn some Indonesian - it will make your life a lot easier! When I first came to Indonesia in 1977 I was immersed in the language and learned quickly. Because I spoke (and kept learning) the language - I was able to:

      - talk with shop assistants
      - get around town without getting lost
      - know what I was eating (most important)
      - meet the challenge of learning a new skill
      - ask and respond in a polite manner
      - and much, much more !!

      See some audio clips which will help you get started on our sister site - http://www.expat.or.id/info/learnbahasaindonesia.html

      I encourage you to give it a try
      Danielle Surkatty
      Member of the Organizing Committee
      Living in Indonesia, A Site for Expatriates
      http://www.expat.or.id/

      Living in Indonesia Expat Forum
      http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.org/
      [email protected]

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      • #4
        Thank you for your answers!

        I have been studying 2-3 hours per day,5 days per week and I would like to keep this average. I was told Indonesian was an easy language but I find it more difficult than expected!

        Leets see how it goes!

        I really apreciate your support!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PabloEtc View Post
          ... I was told Indonesian was an easy language but I find it more difficult than expected! ...

          It is easier to talk than to read , because when talking people usually don't use the prefix/sufix of the verbs , so I use only the "root" word , like : bangun (wake up) instead of membangunkan , makan (eat) intead of memakan , ...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PabloEtc View Post
            Thank you for your answers!

            I have been studying 2-3 hours per day,5 days per week and I would like to keep this average. I was told Indonesian was an easy language but I find it more difficult than expected!

            Leets see how it goes!

            I really apreciate your support!
            Hello Pablo, (!Hola! Buenos dias, Buenas tardes, Buenas noches : depending on where you are on this planet when you read this message)

            As a fellow Spanish speaker, I know that you should learn the Indonesian language faster than speakers of other languages because nearly 90% of the letters in both languages are pronounced the same way. However, as is true for most people learning a new language : being immersed in the environment of the native language can rapidly assist with the learning process.

            For the past 8.5 years, I have lived in the Jakarta area and almost daily one can meet native Indonesians (especially youth between ages of 12 - 30 years) who can speak English in a range of fluency. But if you can come to Indonesia with even a "basic" level of comprehension of the Indonesian language, native Indonesians will show a great amount of respect & appreciation for your efforts with the language.


            Sincerely,

            Andy


            [COLOR=#0000ff]"The earth is one country and mankind its citizens."
            What if we begin to view each other as part of one human family?[/COLOR]

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            • #7
              I think it's easier to "break the ice" if you at least attempt to use the local language. This is what I have noticed in EU, Middle-East and Bali. We foreigners probably sound so funny that we make the locals laugh even if they had a really bad day.
              If you are really lazy, learn "sing la piss", "suksma", "toya" "titiang jagi masiram"
              Now you can lie (or not), be polite, you wont die of thirst and you wont start to stink.

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              • #8
                Yes, it is not too hard language and easy to get basics. Give it a try, who knows if you`ll be good

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by marcus View Post


                  It is easier to talk than to read , because when talking people usually don't use the prefix/sufix of the verbs , so I use only the "root" word , like : bangun (wake up) instead of membangunkan , makan (eat) intead of memakan , ...
                  Exactly! The suffixes, prefixes are too complicated!

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                  • #10
                    i'm trying to learn it but it's so hard

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