What's the best way to learn Indonesian?

It's a simple process of 'physical training', progressing step by step. You learn 10 words, then another 5 while continuing to use the previous 10, then another 5, and another 5, while continuing to use the words you've previously 'learned', and so on. Each step builds on the previous step.

We've designed the program to do just that. Quite literally, you 'speak to learn Indonesian'. The physical process of speaking and practicing getting the proper pronunciation and intonation allows you to learn the language almost effortlessly.

Our learning packages are also designed to 'activate' what you're learning by having you do simple exercises. The physical action required in the exercises progressively stimulate an action which helps build and strengthen the neural connections which are being built. Again, this process makes the learning almost effortless.

You can see this clearly in our audio series Bob Saja (Just Bob). Clicking will open the dialogue in a new tab and you can then work through the exercises.

We also realize that an effective language learning program has to take several approaches in order for a student to completely learn and understand the material. Thus, there is a lot of overlap between the dialogues. When you see and hear a word or phrase that you 'sort of remember' in a new context, that's when it 'clicks' and gets locked in to your long term memory.

We also provide audio files that you can listen to while doing other activities. Our 'Learn Indonesian' series with Pak Keban introduces you to many basic words and ideas along with some repetition to help you remember them.


LI-01 : Your first words in Indonesian    (Click here to view PDF)      Learn Indonesian - 01   (Click to play audio)


(Click here for webpage with 'active text')


Our '10 Words per Page Audio Series' similarly starts with your very first words in Indonesian and takes you step-by-step to an intermediate level, where you can comfortably communicate day to day. It progresses quicker than the above audio but gives a good summary of the details and points to remember.


10pp_01 : Your first 50 Indonesian words    (Click here to view PDF)      10pp - 01   (Click to play audio)



And although we don't think it's particularly effective to memorize words or use flash cards, it is useful and necessary to know many words 'off the top of your head' since there often isn't a context. To help with this and to provide a summary of vocabulary introduced, we provide a vocabulary section that includes audio to make sure you get the right pronunciation. Click to view view each list of 50 words and to see the English definition hold your mouse over the word. To listen to the word, simply click on it, and press 'Ctrl' to 'pause' the audio.



Basic Words :    (0-50)   en      (50-100)   en      (100-150)   en      (150-200)   en      (200-250)   en      (250-300)   en     



To help you focus on vocabulary building and then using the vocabulary learned so far, we have our "10 Words a Day" series. Now, 10 words a day may not seem like a lot, and it's not, at first. After several days in a row, however, you may start feeling a little overwhelmed and simply want to focus on the words learned to that point before moving on. That's perfectly natural and we recommend that. There's no point in building up your vocabulary without knowing how to use it properly. Here are the first 3 days.

10 Words a Day :    1   2   3   ...


In summary, the dialogues and exercises are the key elements in the Introductory Learning Package and the other material is provided to help you really master all the basic concepts as effectively, quickly and enjoyably as possible.

Ready to get started learning Indonesian? If so, you can select your learning options here. In addition to the Introductory Learning Package, you can also select a membership in order to get additional material and active support from our teachers, and, of course, Skype lessons will help you progress even quicker and ensure that you get good pronunciation and avoid developing any bad habits.

If you have any questions, please just send us an email.

Learning Options:

Detailed information on learning options.