Indonesian Language Course
WORDS FROM OUR STUDENTS
I didn't expect that pronunciation would be so difficult. I need to hear more about how native speakers read and pronounce.
I would like to have opportunities to practice more using the material that has been covered. Maybe a study group. Repeating after the teacher in order to improve pronunciation.
I've been trying to learn Indonesian on my own, but have had very limited success. Finding this course was very fortunate since there are very few other learning opportunities for Indonesian in the Boston area.
The instructor was organized with well-prepared lessons and a willingness to help out inside and outside of class.
I really liked the discipline of being in a course that meets weekly with material to study by the week and how the weekly material was reinforced each Saturday during the class. I also liked the way the instructor wove in the cultural aspects of Indonesia into the lessons.
The easiest is probably listening, but the hardest is writing formally.
Bu Guru Tia is one of the best language teachers I've had. She was great on Zoom and I was really impressed by the activities we did with Kahoot/ Jeopardy etc. My biggest concern was having someone who is effective at virtual communication but Tia was great. Also thought she was really good at asking us what we wanted to learn and was enthusiastic about the language.
Zoom was great and I was really impressed with the exercises. I kind of miss the fun cultural activities that happen in in-person courses. Maybe in the future having the option of everyone ordering the same ICONE's takeout delivery meal and discussing or having an optional zoom screening of Impetigore at Halloween or something could be fun (students could organize this too I suppose. I wanted to but got so overwhelmed with work).
I took the course to begin to learn Bahasa Indonesia because of my community connections and mission in Indonesia, currently in Bandung.
What are the strengths of the instructor? It's Ibu Guru's knowledge, her enthusiasm, and careful explanations. The course was extremely well organized.
What I liked the most about the course includes the small class size, the teacher spoke slowly so it was easier to understand, and the various group activities.
I loved how MUCH I learned! The increase in my understanding of the grammar and vocabulary was exponential. I was amazed by how much I can now write, speak, and understand! It was a comfortable environment that encouraged learning.
A longer course, please! And maybe a little more coverage of Indonesian culture.
My only feedback for the class would be to upload the lessons into one Google folder or one singular location. The lessons were sent in individual emails and it sometimes got confusing to search back for previous lessons. Otherwise, I have absolutely nothing but positive things to say!
I loved practicing speaking and conversing with the other students. I loved the Kaput game exercises. The structure of the course was perfect. I wish the course were longer! I want to keep learning!
I'd love to someday visit Indonesia. My partner used to live in Jakarta and first inspired me to want to learn about Indonesian language. I love Indonesian vegetarian food and learning about the culture. I also have been wanting to learn a language other than English and this was an incredible opportunity for me to learn while supporting the Indonesian community in New England.
Tia explains everything very clearly and the online content each week was fresh, practical, and thoughtfully put together. I didn't feel like I missed out on the experience and I actually enjoyed being able to work on the lessons ahead of our zoom sessions and to be able to work together on zoom the way that we did.
Thank you!!!! Kelas ini bagus sekali!!!
I'd love to be able to join a more advanced course!
Thank you for adapting the course online! Growing up in Boston, I did not get to meet many other Indonesians, so I'm always happy to meet others, go to the festivals and classes, etc.
I took this course to refine my grasp of the basics and get in touch with my heritage.
I am SO AMAZED at how much I learned in just a couple of months! I can now speak, write, and understand entire paragraphs of Indonesian and am excited to keep learning! As a Boston University PhD student who works on issues of orangutan conservation and environmental justice for local people on Indonesian Borneo, I know that I will be able to take what I have learned here and use it during my future travels and studies. Terima kasih banyak, ICONE dan Tia!
Learning Indonesian through ICONE has been such a wonderful experience! Even though we had to switch to online teaching early into the course due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I never felt like I was missing out on anything.
I've tried different techniques over the years to learn Bahasa Indonesia and this class really gave me the foundations I've been needing.
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.
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 Bahasa Indonesia (ranked #10 in the 100 Most Spoken Languages Worldwide) 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.
ICONE'S Bahasa Indonesia team
- 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
STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE USA LEARN AND PRACTICE BAHASA INDONESIA VIRTUALLY WITH ICONE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Massachusetts, 11/23/2020—As COVID-19 cases continue to soar, ICONE has completely adapted to full live online class sessions for its Bahasa Indonesia Fall 2020 semester. Students from all over the USA and various backgrounds have jumped into the opportunity to learn and practice the Indonesian language from the comfort and safety of their homes. And after a well-structured, engaging, and fun 10-week online class session, our Beginner and Intermediate level students have successfully completed the course and are ready to interact more effectively with their Indonesian family members, friends, and colleagues.
Led by ICONE's native and experienced instructor Tia Wulansari, sessions were designed in such a way so that students can actively engage with their fellow students as well as the instructor utilizing multiple online learning tools in a variety of real-life settings. Unlike those of the previous in-person classes, the students were required to watch a pre-recorded grammar and vocabulary video and did an online exercise before each lesson via Book Widget. During the live session through Zoom, students then reviewed the materials from the video, practiced writing and speaking with the instructor, and used the Kahoot website for interactive quizzes.
In addition to students from different New England states, this semester was also special because of students participating all the way from California, Seattle, Kentucky, and Virginia. Starting with very little knowledge and skills of the language, the Beginner level students ended the semester by being able to compose complex sentences after practicing a lot on vocabularies in the right grammar patterns. Students even set up a study group to help them practice more together outside class sessions - proof of how eager they were in learning Bahasa Indonesia wholeheartedly.
As for this semester's Intermediate level students, since many of them have had experience living or working in Indonesia, most students had pretty strong language proficiency. For the instructor, it felt almost like teaching an Advanced level course. These Intermediate students spent many sessions learning about the prefixes and suffixes of Bahasa Indonesia, and comparing and contrasting the informal and formal usage of the language. It was not always an easy assignment, but it was very interesting and valuable exposure to the language.
Both Beginner and Intermediate level online classes ended with a fun Jeopardy-like game as a way to review what they have learned throughout the semester. Every student was able to answer all the questions, which proved the effectiveness of their virtual learning. We applaud each of these fabulous and enthusiastic students for all their hard work. With the skills they all acquired this semester, we are confident that they can now speak and listen better in Bahasa Indonesia.
In their exit reviews, students highlighted how much they have gained necessary language skills from the well-thought balance in the learning efforts required from their sessions. And to add to that, being able to practice speaking and listening with an instructor who was very encouraging and helpful made the whole learning experience worthwhile. Students also appreciate the different aspects of Indonesian culture embedded in the course through videos, pictures, articles, and class discussions.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the making of ICONE's Fall 2020 Bahasa Indonesia course including the Indonesian Education and Cultural Attaché, Prof. Popy Rufaidah, and her team at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington DC, ICONE's President Olla Chas, Treasurer Trisia Bantacut, and ICONE's Educational and Cultural Programs Director Dhanni Setyaning. Bersama, kita bisa!
SELAMAT! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUPERB GRADUATES OF ICONE'S INDONESIAN LANGUAGE SPRING 2020 CLASS!
Massachusetts, 4/18/2020—COVID-19 pandemic evidently cannot stop our students from learning Indonesian language, Bahasa Indonesia. And today, we are very proud of their accomplishment in completing ICONE's Bahasa Indonesia course for the spring term of 2020.
The seven-week program of ICONE's Bahasa Indonesia course this term was unlike any other previous terms we ever done. The circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced everyone to practice social distancing by staying home, and in turn, required us to modify our Bahasa Indonesia course to be done virtually. Started with a regular in-person class meeting on the first session at Pao Arts Center in Boston, the course was then had to be switched into virtual face-to-face sessions for the remainder of six weeks led by our experienced instructor Tia Wulansari.
The change from in-person class to virtual learning did not stop our adult beginner students from learning Bahasa Indonesia and making tremendous weekly progress. Every week students were given recorded lessons, online materials, quizzes on multiple platforms, and followed by live interactive online teaching sessions on Saturday mornings. The students learned various aspects of Bahasa Indonesia, such as ways of self-introduction, numbers, and vocabulary to talk about daily activities. Their vocabulary grew larger and their understanding of the language grew stronger. Embedded in each lesson, the students also learned about the richness of the Indonesian cultures and its people. Students' hard works were paid off when each of them proved their newly acquired language skills by composing a well-written short descriptive essay in Indonesian and reading it fluently on the final day of the course.
It was such a great honor for ICONE to follow each of the student's improvement throughout the weeks. We commend our students for their eagerness to keep learning virtually and our instructor for her hard work in maintaining the quality of each lesson from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Warmest congratulations to Emeric Viani, Laura Brubaker-Wittman, Margaret Geary, Jason Katz-Brown, and Aden Makris for completing the course. We hope that with the language skills they have acquired, they will be able to communicate better in Bahasa Indonesia with their Indonesian family, friends, or colleagues, and can effectively enjoy their future travel or work in Indonesia.
Special thank you to our Ibu Guru Tia for a job well done in teaching Bahasa Indonesia with well-thought preparation, passion, and dedication, especially in such a unique situation we are currently in.
Thank you as well to the Education and Cultural Attaché, Prof. Popy Rufaidah, and her team at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington DC for supporting ICONE in rolling out this program. Our appreciation also goes to the management of the Pao Arts Center at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center for assisting ICONE in providing a classroom for our first in-person class session. Last but not the least, thank you to the President of ICONE Olla Chas and the Treasurer of ICONE Trisia Bantacut for leading the initiative and managing the funding, and Dhanni Setyaning, the Educational and Cultural Programs Director of ICONE, for managing the program.
Keep on practicing Bahasa Indonesia and we hope to see you back at the next ICONE's Indonesian Language Course!
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 has 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 gratitude 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 conversations with Indonesians in various daily situations. The classes aimed at strengthening the existence and continuation of the Indonesian language (or Bahasa Indonesia) in bilingual families with an 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.