The Indonesian language program runs by the non-profit organization Indonesian Community of New England, Inc. (ICONE) is the first community-based Indonesian course ever held in Boston and the surrounding areas. We are passionate about introducing and familiarizing the Indonesian culture and social customs through language, Bahasa Indonesia, to the non-Indonesian speaking general public. Through our language program, we also strive to support the continuation of Bahasa Indonesia amongst the Indonesian bilingual families. Our experienced Indonesian-native and bilingual instructor will lead the students with interactive speaking and listening opportunities, as well as hands-on reading and writing sessions.
Register now here to join our Beginner or Intermediate level class. We hope to see you in class starting on March 7th, 2020!
- $200/new student for 7 class sessions,
- or $190/returning student for 7 class session,
- or Family and Friends Package options of:
- $360/2 family members or friends for 7 class sessions.
- $510/3 family members or friends for 7 class sessions.
CLASS LOCATION & DIRECTION: Pao Arts Center, Classroom 2, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02111.
The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance.
For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. Limited street-metered parking also available close by.
The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.
Words from Our Students
I really like the small class size of this course because we got a lot of individual attention from the instructor that allowed us to ask questions and really advanced what we were learning.
The class is very informative and fun at the same time. The games were great and made it easier for me to learn.
My wife is from Indonesia. Taking this class is a way for me to understand her culture a little bit more and also to be able to speak to some of her relatives who can't speak English. The class helped me exploring different sentence structures that I didn't understand before from just taking the Rosetta Stone or random stuff I've learned from my two trips to Indonesia. Sit in a class like this gave me more structure and less random words or slank here and there.
This class is great for learning the grammar and the skeleton of sentences in Indonesian because that is something difficult to learn for people like me who primarily speak English. I've learned different pronounces and the way that adjectives can modify Indonesian sentences, and where to actually place certain words correctly.
I took this course mostly to practice listening and speaking, and also to meet others who are interested in the Indonesian language. A surprising number of words are English cognates. The grammar is very reasonable.
I want to continue learning and improving my Bahasa Indonesia so that I can keep working in Indonesia. The instructor is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and encouraging.
What's the most difficult part about learning Indonesian? Rolling my R's! 🙂
My dad is from Indonesia and I want to be able to communicate with my relatives. I like all the speaking and listening practices offered in this course.
I enjoyed the course, but more speaking activities would be great!
I want to learn Bahasa Indonesia because I tend to forget without continuous practice. I enjoyed the teaching methods of Guru Tia. She employed a variety of tools to make learning interesting and fun.
I wouldn't mind having more sessions or arranging so that we can continue from the beginner class directly to the advanced class. I really like this course!
My husband is working in Jakarta and I will be going back and forth. I want to be able to communicate! I really like this course because I love Tia's instruction, learning new vocabulary, and trying to speak.
I learned the language so that I can speak with my Indonesian wife and with the people when I travel to Indonesia. What I like the most about the course is that the instructor is very knowledgeable and helpful.
We did a lot of creative games and activities throughout the course. Everyone was very participatory. I also like that the instructor thought us in spoken Indonesian from the very first day.
- References on bilinguals
- Bilingual English-Indonesian online dictionary
- Linguanaut: Indonesian Vocabulary
- Links to an online game to learn the Indonesian language
- Scholarships, fellowships, internships, and volunteer opportunities in Indonesia for Americans
- Fun informative links to videos on Indonesia
- 45 interesting facts about Indonesia
ICONE'S Bahasa Indonesia team
IT'S A WRAP: CONGRATS TO ICONE'S SPRING 2019 GRADUATES!
Cambridge 04/20/2019 – Once again ICONE has successfully conducted its Bahasa Indonesia course this spring with beginner and intermediate graduates. This seven-week program is part of ICONE's ongoing efforts in promoting Indonesian culture in New England through language and has been one of the most sought-after education initiatives that we have.
With the support of our experienced language instructor, Satyawidya Wulansari, students learned and practiced Bahasa in well-structured yet fun meetings. The students practiced their speaking, reading and writing skills through interactive exercises, games, and team works designed not only to help them become a better Bahasa Indonesia speaker but also to familiarize them with Indonesian culture and geography.
One of the activities that the students enjoyed the most was the "Monster Kamu Yang Mana" activity where they had to draw a funny-looking monster and described it to others for them to guess. They also enjoyed conversing with their peers as they not only got the chance to practice their vocabulary and grammar, but also to hear their classmates speak Bahasa Indonesia.
By the end of the term, the Beginner class students were able to do the simple introduction, describe themselves to others, and ask and answer basic questions using simple sentences. The Intermediate class students were able to expand their skills from previous Beginner class and modify sentences using active transition verbs me-, passive transition verbs di-, and form nouns using -an.
Our sincere gratitude to Prof. Popy Rufaidah, the Education and Cultural Attache, and her team at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington DC for supporting ICONE in carrying out this program. Thanks as well to the President of Indonesian Students Association at MIT, Noortitan Hartono, for lending us the classroom for our Bahasa Indonesia program. Last but not least, thank you to ICONE's President, Olla Chas for leading and ICONE's Director of Education, Arts, and Culture, Dhini Purnamasari for her assistance in managing the program.
ICONE's 2nd Bahasa Indonesia Course Ended Strong and Promising
Boston, 11/12/2016 – The fall term of ICONE's Bahasa Indonesia course ended on Saturday afternoon with well-practiced and Bahasa Indonesia-speaking ready students. With the support of our amazing Indonesian-native instructors, we applaud our students for their hard work and commitment to fully participate in this six-week course program. The students practiced basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to help them develop clarity and confidence when using Indonesian. Interactive exercises, role playing, and understanding of Indonesian arts and culture through the use of videos and photographs were the highlights of the course. At the end of the term, each one of these students have increased their skills tremendously so that they can confidently use Bahasa Indonesia with their family and friends, and have a better understanding of Indonesia's culture and daily customs in order to help them in any future travel plans to Indonesia, as well as in social interactions with their fellow Indonesians.A big thank you to our instructor, Tia Wulansari, for a well-structured, interactive and fun class along with the support of teaching assistant, Aria Citra. Our sincere gratitudes to Bapak Ismunandar (Education and Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Indonesia in DC) and Ibu Emi Emilia (Head of Language and Research Center of Indonesian Education Ministry) for their supports and teaching contents, as well as to Stephanie Geerald and Novalia Pishesha for assisting in classroom placement, and Yana Regan for financial matters. Special thank you to Olla Chas for spearheading and organizing this program, turning it from only a mere idea and big dream to now be the first community-based Indonesian course ever held in Boston.
ICONE Celebrates Its First Indonesian Language Course Graduates
Boston, 5/8/2016 – The six-week program of ICONE’s Indonesian language course, the first community-based Indonesian course ever held in Boston, has concluded and proudly brought forward its first graduates. Both the children and adult graduates are ready to use their new language skills to better communicate with their immediate Indonesian families and friends, confidently travel to Indonesia and conduct simple conversation with Indonesians in various daily situations.The classes aimed at strengthening the existence and continuation of Indonesian language (or Bahasa Indonesia) in bilingual families with Indonesian background. They also aimed at introducing/familiarizing Indonesian culture and its common social customs through language to the interested non-Indonesian speaking general public. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with more than +300 million people. Learning Indonesian can therefore provide students with the ability to speak one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.Led by the experienced Indonesian-native instructors, students practiced basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to help them develop clarity and confidence when using Indonesian. Storytelling, interactive exercises and understanding news and songs in Indonesian were the most favorite sessions among the students.Thanks to the outstanding instructors and the Indonesian Educational and Cultural Attaché office in Washington DC who have supported this language program all the way through.