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Cekidot, gan!—"Check it out Boss!" Kamu Dodol—"You're a coconut fudge!" (You're slow on the uptake) This book is an informal compendium of Indonesian expressions, including proverbs, slang, quotations and acronyms. The unique aspects of the Indonesian language offer one of the best windows into Indonesian culture. Slang, titles, proverbs, nicknames, acronyms, quotations and other expressions reveal its character, in the words of its people and are a great way to learn Indonesian culture. This book of expressions looks at Indonesia with the help of its national language, bahasa Indonesia. It describes Indonesians and their fears, beliefs, history and politics, as well as how they live, fight, grieve and laugh. Indonesian is a variant of Malay, the national language of Malaysia, and many of its expressions come from the Malay heartland of Sumatra island. Indonesian has also incorporated terms from Javanese, the language of the dominant ethnic group in a huge nation of more than 17,000 islands. Although Indonesian is officially a young language, it contains words from Sanskrit, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese and English, a legacy of the merchants, warriors, laborers and holy men who traveled to the archipelago over the centuries. The Indonesian language was a nationalist symbol during the campaign against Dutch rule in the 20th century. Indonesians who fought against colonialism made it the national language in their constitution when they declared independence in 1945. Two generations later, modern Indonesians love word play. The tongue slips and skids, chopping words, piling on syllables and flipping them. Indonesians turn phrases into acronyms, and construct double meanings. Their inventions reflect social trends, mock authority, or get a point across in a hurry. This book divides Indonesian expressions into categories such as food and wisdom, politics and personalities. The format is the same in each chapter. An expression in Indonesian, or sometimes a regional language in Indonesia, is followed by a translation, an interpretation of the meaning, and usually a summary of the idiom's origin or background. Some translations are more literal than others, reflecting an effort to balance clarity of meaning with the flavor of the original words.
Making Out in Indonesian Phrasebook & Dictionary is a fun and accessible guide to Indonesian as it's spoken in real life. Freshly written by Tim Hannigan—whose features and travel articles appear regularly in newspapers and magazines in Indonesia and beyond—this is your guide to modern spoken Indonesian. Experience the language as it is used in everyday interactions today, including many colorful, catchy expressions, Jakarta slang, and informal phrases not found in traditional Indonesian language materials. In addition to being an easy-to-use Indonesian phrasebook, it also includes an introduction to the Indonesian language, pronunciation guide, topical notes on critical points of language and culture, and chapters based on typical real-life encounters with speakers of Indonesian, including: Making acquaintances Discussing likes and dislikes Sharing a meal Going out on the town Developing a romantic relationship—even through to having sex, getting married, and splitting up! Whether you're planning to study abroad in Indonesia, or are just looking for an authentic travel experience, this fun resource will turn you into a local in no time.
A passionate defense of slang, jargon, argot, and other forms of nonstandard English, this marvelous volume is full of amusing and even astonishing examples of all sorts of slang.
Indonesian Idioms and Expressions is a collection of Indonesian expressions, including proverbs, slang, quotations and acronyms, that offers a commentary on their origins, as well as insights into Indonesian culture, customs, and history. The book is an informal compendium designed to be both educational and easy to read. There are four parts in the book, and the chapters hit on various linguistic themes, among them wisdom, characters, animals, food, slang, family affairs, and politics. Entries include the expression in Bahasa Indonesia, a translation, an equivalent expression in English, and an explanation if necessary. The idea is to learn about Indonesian through the texture and content of its language, rather than the headlines—often bad ones—that tend to dominate perceptions of the vast country.
Most of my chapters in this book have filled out a picture of the wide-ranging nature of public Islam and its solid foundation in democracy, human rights and the market. I have tried to show what the proliferation of Islamic symbols which greet you in Indonesia signify; because at first sight they might appear as the victory for Islamism. The consolidation of democracy in Indonesia is strong and ongoing. It is true that radical Islamists have been largely responsible for the Islamization that has swept Indonesia―they began the project that led to the growth of public Islam. The paradox is that this strong public Islam will ensure that any attempt by them to control and overthrow the democratic public sphere will almost certainly end in failure. The ongoing consolidation of democracy is contributing to their weakening influence. It is my opinion that the democratic forces will not be sidelined and that Indonesia will strengthen as a democracy. But, ultimately, certainty is not possible; I leave the reader with the evidence.
Making Out in Indonesian is a fun, accessible and thorough Indonesian phrasebook and guide to the Indonesian language as it's really spoken. Kamu sangat menarik! Bisa kita ketemu lagi?—(You're very attractive! Shall we meet again?) Answer this correctly in Indonesian and you may be going on a hot date. Incorrectly, and you could be hurting someone's feelings or getting a slap! Indonesian classes and textbooks tend to spend a lot of time rehearsing for the same fictitious scenarios but chances are while in Indonesia you will spend a lot more time trying to make new friends or start new romances—something you may not be prepared for. If you are a student, businessman or tourist traveling to Indonesia and would like to have an authentic and meaningful experience, the key is being able to speak like a local. This friendly and easy-to-use Indonesian phrasebook makes this possible. Making Out in Indonesian has been carefully designed to act as a guide to modern colloquial Indonesian for use in everyday informal interactions—giving access to the sort of catchy Indonesian expressions that aren't covered in traditional language materials. Each expression is written in Indonesian so that in the case of difficulties the book can be shown to the person the user is trying to communicate with. This Indonesian phrase book includes: A guide to pronouncing Indonesian words correctly. Explanations of basic Indonesian grammar. Complete Indonesian translations. Useful and interesting notes on Indonesian language and culture. Lots of colorful, fun and useful expressions not covered in other phrasebooks. Titles in this unique series of bestselling phrase books include: Making Out in Chinese, Making Out in Indonesian, Making Out in Thai, Making Out in Korean, Making Out in Hindi, Making Out in Japanese, Making Out in Vietnamese, Making Out in Burmese, Making Out in Tagalog, Making Out in Hindi, Making Out in Arabic, Making Out in English, More Making Out in Korean, and More Making Out in Japanese.
Want to learn over 400 words in Indonesian in under 1 week? Of course you can also take your time, relax and learn at your pace. This book provides a remarkably effective method (3 times more than traditional learning)to learn Indonesian using word associations from a language you already know, "English". No more boring learningby repetition or complicated grammar, you will learn words rapidly, easily and with little practice, be speaking like a native, in no time. “My aim is to provide a method of learning which anyone can use, that not only makes words easy to remember, but is presented in a manner which is engaging, comical and highly effective. It's the method I used to learn the language and love being able to share it with you” - James The book contains everything you need to speak and write Indonesian for travelling and holidays. You’ll learn the basics quickly, easily, playfully and permanently. Of course, the more you practice, the better, and with Indoglyphs, you’ll be entertained while you learn. The book is structured to get the most out of using the technique of association. With some diversions for light relief and simplicity of presentation, learning becomes a joy rather than a chore. Here’s a summary of what you’ll find… How to get the best out of the book Here you’ll learn how to use the book to best effect. What your learning style is and how to apply it to get the best out of the book. How and why it works This section explains how and why the method is so effective. See www.lingolinks.biz for more details and research results. Indonesia and its customs in brief Whenever we travel and whenever we communicate with other people, it really helps to know some of the culture so avoid those embarrassing “foot in mouth” moments. Over 400 words of Vocabulary You’ll be guided through over 400 words to learn in an order specially designed to support learning (avoid confusion). Each learning set has a section to check your learning so you can review your progress. The Language structure Yes, there is some Grammar to handle, but you won’t really notice. It’s handled in the book using terms anyone can understand and introduced as it’s needed, allowing you to concentrate on vocabulary rather than technical skills. Some useful phrases Phrases are introduced to give you practice at making sentences. This book is not intended to be a phrase book, but instead, to give you what you need to be able to make up the phrases yourself. Slang and sms speak Slang is abundant in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta. Having a background will help you navigate the most commonly used forms and give you kudos when you trip them out like a native. Also, if you do enter the realm of texting in Indonesian, this section will help you understand some of the short forms used. Practice exercises The book has plenty of exercises for you to support you in leaning from vocab to translating simple phrases. Pronunciation and alphabet This section is useful to support you in the correct pronunciation of words, especially when reading a word that you’ve never seen before. Some common Exotic fruits There are some amazing exotic smells and tastes to be found in Indonesia. This section introduces you to some of the fantastic fruits you will find, and be able to ask for on your travels. You will learn Indonesian much faster than conventional language courses using the technique of word association. It’s easy, engaging and permanent, no more book worming with boring lists of words – Lingo Links™ sets you free to learn in your way, at your pace and with great results. www.lingolinks.biz

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