Indonesian Beginners 2

This course is an introduction to Indonesian for students with some previous knowledge of the language (although still on beginners level) and who wish to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. It is also designed for people working in the local tourist industry who wish to develop their customer service skills for Indonesian speaking visitors or for business people travelling to Indonesia for work-related reasons. Students will develop basic skills to use in conversation, reading, writing and listening.


  • 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 vs Bahasa Malaysia
  • Tips on Indonesian pronunciation
  • Basic greetings; apologies; leave taking
  • Terms of address
  • Pronouns: Various words for “you”
  • Frequently-used question words
  • Different negative indicators: “bukan” vs “tidak”
  • The need of identifying ‘nouns’
  • Vocabulary: the risk of literal translation
  • Indonesian word order
  • Reduplication
  • Basic verbs with no affixations
  • Simple verbs with one prefix or suffix
  • Simple verbs with one prefix and suffix
  • Adjectives: words of description
  • Comparatives and superlatives (eg. larger; largest)
  • Various applications of cardinal and ordinal numbers + fractions
  • Basic colours


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

  1. Speak clearly and be understood in basic Indonesian, eg. to give direction and instructions to Indonesian tourists.
  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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