Indonesian Beginners 1

This course is an introduction to Indonesian for students with no previous knowledge of the language and who wish to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. Students will develop basic skills to use in conversation, reading, writing and listening.


  • Online


  • Teach Yourself Complete Indonesian Book & CD Pack, Eva Nyimas & Christopher Byrnes (2010)


Nine Sessions that aim to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in elementary Indonesian.


Conversational Indonesian and an introduction to cultural practices, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles.


  • A short history of the language
  • Bahasa Indonesia – not Malaysia
  • Basic greetings
  • Terms of address
  • Frequently used question words
  • Pronouns: Various words for “you”
  • Basic verbs with no affixations
  • Adjectives: words of description
  • Cardinal and ordinal numbers, fractions
  • Different negative indicators
  • Simple verbs with one prefix or suffix
  • A few group classifiers
  • Basic colours


  • Different pronunciation
  • No word after word translation
  • Two word description instead of one
  • Criss-cross word order
  • Reduplication: doubling of words
  • The need of identifying “nouns’
  • Why prefixes and suffixes are attached
  • Comparatives and superlatives

Grammar is introduced in action with example, context and usage. Handouts for homework accompanying the lessons will be provided. They are not compulsory, nevertheless very useful for written practice.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Speak clearly and be understood in basic Indonesian.
  2. Demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of Indonesian.


Abbey's Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 | Please note that textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.


If you are a new WEA Student and enrol into a language class and subsequently find that you are at the wrong level (whether too high or too low), you are permitted to transfer into another more suitable class at no additional cost, provided that the request is made within the first two classes and is in writing from your tutor directly to the Education Manager. After that point, an administration fee of $30 will apply.

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Course testimonials:

  • Excellent teaching and organisation!
  • Explanations were easy to understand and follow. I really enjoyed the class and the interaction with other pupils. I would recommend it very highly.