Indonesian Language Class


Classes will resume in Spring 2019. Registration will be opened in January/February 2019.

Previous Classes


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.



Congratulations to the Fall 2017 graduates! Semoga kemampuan berbahasa dan pengetahuan tentang budaya Indonesia yang telah didapat bisa semakin meningkatkan kualitas dan jangkauan komunikasi dengan keluarga, teman2 dan kolega Indonesia Anda.


ICONE's 2nd Bahasa Indonesia Course Ended Strong and Promising

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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

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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.