Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Introduction to Indonesian

Before beginning to study Indonesian, there are a few things you should know.

1. Speaking Indonesian perfectly is next to impossible.

2. Speaking Indonesian well enough is next to unavoidable.

3. Verbs, nouns, particles, etc. all run together in Indonesian. If you’ve got words for your subject, verb and object, put them in that order. The odds are in your favor that you’ll create a workable sentence that conveys your meaning.

4. People will use the words in this very tiny intro with syllables added or subtracted. Don’t worry about it. They add to meaning but you can usually get your bare point across without them, just as Indonesians in a hurry to finish their thought often do.

5. Pronounce “c” like “ch”. Pronounce your vowels like Spanish. Pronounce everything else like English. No one will take you for a native, but you’ll be on your way to communicating.

6. While Indonesian is well-suited to getting one’s point across with a minimum of fuss, getting it right is tricky. Not being a native speaker of Indonesian, the author of this guide probably has a nuance or two wrong. Feedback from visitors to Indonesia and native speakers of Indonesian is appreciated.

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