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Indonesian is a language spoken in Indonesia and is a working language in East Timor. Around
250 million people speak Indonesian as a first language. It belongs to the Malay family of
languages. Commonly called Bahasa Indonesia [‘the language of Indonesia’].

This page gives access to online courses, Indonesian/English/Indonesian dictionaries,

vocabulary activities, tutorials, podcasts & blogs, current events, cultural information,
grammar, free and fee-based software, other resources and information.

Included is a selection of novels set in Indonesia, for teenagers and older students. They are
designed to develop an understanding of Indonesian life and culture and how people in
Australia relate to this.


Language Courses


Beginning Indonesian [Bahasa] (http://web.uvic.ca/lancenrd/indonesian/)

Linked to a Canadian University’s courses. All in Indonesian and uses lessons to
enhance Indonesian course learning. Not updated for some time but still good.
Indonesian Language Course (https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Indonesian/Contents)
Lessons, grammar, texts, appendices at multiple levels. Wikibooks.
Updated ! Indonesian Online (https://indonesian-online.com/)
‘Dedicated to promoting the Indonesian language. We have by far the best language
learning materials from the beginner up to the most advanced level’.
Learning Indonesian Online (http://www.semarang.nl/indonesian/learning-indonesian-free-
‘The free Indonesian language course online’. 48 lessons.
Peace Corps Bahasa Indonesia Course (https://www.livelingua.com/project/peace-
3 downloadable books in PDF format.


Cinta Bahasa Indonesian Language School Online (http://cintabahasa.com/learn-bahasa-

Bali, Indonesia. ‘We can arrange an online course, with a live teacher for you’.
Updated ! Indonesian Language Courses (https://www.asianlanguageschool.com/course-
‘Our Indonesian lessons are ideal for adult learners who want to learn materials that
are relevant to their communication needs from their very first lesson. Practice
speaking and listening with your dedicated instructor simulating various professional
and social scenarios’.
IndonesianLanguage.net (http://indonesianlanguage.net/learn-indonesian-online)

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Indonesian course that is online through Skype. Multiple packages available.

Updated ! Language Studies Indonesia (https://www.learnindonesian.education/)
‘LSI’s e-learning [distance learning] Program delivers world-class Indonesian lessons
Learn Indonesian Language Online (http://learnindonesian.org/)
Multiple packages and fee options. Some material to try before you buy.
Learn Indonesian with Bintang Bahasa (http://www.bintangbahasa.com
‘If you want to learn Indonesian you’ve come to the right place. We have material to
help you learn Indonesian quickly and easily’.


Updated ! Indonesian Tutorial Index (http://ielanguages.com/indonesian.html)

Multiple sections. Introduction, vocabulary, grammar, the alphabet, basic phrases,

Language Tools


BelajarIndonesia : Indonesian Alphabet (https://www.youtube.com

‘There are 26 letters in the Indonesian alphabet. Don’t worry, there won’t be any
unfamiliar letters in the Indonesian alphabet but you still have to work on the
pronunciation’. 3min.42sec. Links to related videos.
Indonesian Alphabet [Audio] (http://www.digitaldialects.com/Indonesian/Alphabet.htm)
Guide to Pronunciation of Indonesian (http://www.seasite.niu.edu/flin/pronunciation
‘Unlike English, Indonesian is relatively consistent in matching sounds to spellings,
but there are some exceptions to this, and there are several sounds that are tricky for
English- speakers.’. Audio files included.
Updated ! Indonesian Alphabet Pronunciation Guide (https://blogs.transparent.com
‘Follow along with this short and easy video to practice your Indonesian
Indonesian Lessons - The Alphabet (https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Indonesian/Lessons
Overview, some audio files, pronunciation. Links to other Indonesian lessons.
Notes on Pronunciation (http://www.gimonca.com/sejarah/pronounce.html)
Done alphabetically, with examples.


Updated ! English-Indonesian Dictionary (https://en.bab.la/dictionary/english-indonesian/)

Provided online by bab.la. You can also access a reverse Updated ! Indonesian-
English Dictionary (https://en.bab.la/dictionary/indonesian-english/) from the same group
IndoDic (http://indodic.com/popupindex.html)
Works to and from Indonesian. Gives several options for the selection in the other
Indonesian/English Dictionary (http://www.lexilogos.com/english

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Indonesian English Dictionary [Babylon] (http://www.babylon-software.com/define
Uses ‘Selected Indonesian English dictionaries with an unusual linguistic match and a
large database which will certainly satisfy the most demanding users involved in the
two languages’.
Indonesian Language Dictionary (https://www.freedict.com/onldict/ind.html)
Indonesian to English and reverse.
Kamus (http://www.kamus-online.com/)
Online dictionary. Downloadable version at Kamus Dictionary
(http://kamus.en.uptodown.com/windows) .



Hidden Pics - Indonesian (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/hidden-pics-indonesian

Apple, Not Free. ‘Hidden Pics Indonesian is a word-game designed for second
language learners of Indonesian’.
Indonesian Master [Premium] (https://play.google.com/store
Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘A useful language learning app with various
situational Q & A styled expressions for daily conversation’.
Learn Indonesian 6 000 Words (https://play.google.com/store
Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘6 000 words with images to illustrate words,
phonetic transcriptions and pronunciation recordings by native speakers’.
Learn Indonesian - Phrasebook for Travel (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/learn-
Apple, Free; In-app purchases. ‘An easy to use mobile Indonesian phrasebook that
will give a good start in the language’.
Learning Indonesian Basic Audio Language Lessons (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app
Apple, Free. ‘Study 20 high quality audio Indonesian lessons’.
Nemo Indonesian (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/nemo-indonesian-free-language
Apple, Free; In-app purchase. ‘The most essential words and phrases of the
language, each with native speaker audio’.

Free Software

Gidic (http://gidic.sourceforge.net/index.html)
‘A simple offline English-Indonesian and Indonesian-English dictionary application.
This will help people search words and get the meaning quickly. It already supports
audio pronunciation’.

Other Sites

Updated ! Free Online Flashcards (http://bit.ly/lingvosoft_flashcards_indonesian)

About 3 000 flashcards from English to Indonesian, grouped under several headings.
Links to fee-based flashcard resources.
Hello-World (http://www.hello-world.com/languages.php/?language=Indonesian/)

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‘More than 500 free Indonesian games and activities’.

Indonesian [Bahasa Indonesia] (http://www.omniglot.com/writing/indonesian.htm)
Introduction, the alphabet, pronunciation, further resources.
Indonesian Flashcards (http://www.cram.com/search?query=indonesian&image_filter=all&
Cram.com. Select from an extensive collection of flashcards created by others.
Language Learning Section (http://indodic.com/langlearn.html)
Multiple options grouped under Language Analysis, Vocabulary Building,
Miscellaneous. 24 sections in all.
Language Learning Space (https://www.lls.edu.au/home)
‘The Language Learning Space has been custom-designed for language teachers and
students’. Indonesian is one of the languages.
You need to be able to log in to access this site [Scootle for staff].
Languages Online (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/default.htm)
DET, Victoria. ‘Make your own interactive tasks’. Multiple languages including
Indonesian (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/indonesian/indonesian.htm) .
Siaran Radio Australia - Bahasa Indonesia (http://www.australiaplus.com/indonesian/)
Practise your Indonesian Skills.

Language Usage


Indonesian Grammar (http://mylanguages.org/learn_indonesian.php)

Use sections from the menu - Adverbs to Prepositions, more.
Indonesian Grammar [IndonesianPod101.com] (https://www.indonesianpod101.com
Introduction to Grammar, Grammar Bank, About Indonesian Verbs.
Indonesian Grammar [Langhub.com] (http://langhub.com/en-id/indonesian-grammar)
7 sections covering grammatical types.
Indonesian Grammar with Exercises (http://chl-old.anu.edu.au/languages/indonesian/)
Exercises with Answer Keys. Available in PDF and Word formats.


Basic Greetings and Vocabulary (http://www.expat.or.id/info/learnbahasaindonesia.html)

Percakapan Dasar dan Kosa Kata. ‘Click on files to listen to the sounds’.
Digital Dialects : Indonesian (http://www.digitaldialects.com/Indonesian.htm)
‘Free games for learning languages. Includes phrases, greetings, numbers, animals,
colours, vocabulary builders’.
English-Indonesian Vocabulary Quizzes (http://iteslj.org/v/in/)
‘Quizzes to Help You Learn and Review Vocabulary’.
Indonesian Vocabulary (http://www.digitaldialects.com/Indonesian/Vocwords1.htm)
Words with English translations. Games using selections from these.
Updated ! LingvoSoft Online PhraseBook (http://bit.ly
15 sub-directories covering the Basics to Calling Police and Sightseeing.
Indonesian (http://bit.ly/deecd-indonesian)
DET, Victoria. Learning and teaching resources. Educational kits and online

Other Sites

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BahasaKita (http://www.bahasakita.com/)
‘Indonesian language online resource’.
Childrens Library (http://bit.ly/childrenslib-indonesianbooks)
7 books for young children. Click on chosen book; click on “Read this Book”; select
“Indonesian” from choices at top centre; click on first page, then use arrows to move
between pages.
Indonesian 101 (http://www.101languages.net/indonesian/)
‘Designed as a starting point for people who want to learn more about the Indonesian
language’. Use the menu on the left for individual sections.

Other Information


Culture (http://www.hello-indonesia.com/HelloIndonesia/Culture.htm)
Dance, Music, Arts, Religion, People.
Culture of Indonesia (http://www.everyculture.com/Ge-It/Indonesia.html)
‘History, people, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social’.
The History of Indonesian Puppet Theatre [Wayang] (http://education.asianart.org
Overview, related resources, videos, lessons.
The Wayang Puppet Theatre (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfydro4X2t0)
‘Renowned for its elaborate puppets and complex musical styles, this ancient form of
storytelling originated on the Indonesian island of Java’. 5min 35sec. Links to similar


The novels listed are designed for students in the teenage years and adults. They cover many
topics, but all are set in various parts of Indonesia and feature easy to understand characters.
While needing to be assessed for your students, they could be used to expand an understanding
of life and culture in Indonesia and how people in Australia relate to this. Where possible, links
are to the specific book information on an author’s pages, or specific books are noted in the
link provided. The author’s name is provided with each link.

Updated ! Cut Loose (https://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/cut-loose-lucy-chesser

Lucy Chesser. ‘A novel for young adults [15+]. It is set in Sumatra, Indonesia and
follows the adventures of two young Australian brothers, Ethan, 14 and Jon, 19. It
successfully evokes the rich texture of life in Indonesia : the everyday lives of the
people who inhabit the land, drenching torrential rains, tropical rainforests, chaotic
transport, Padang restaurants, the tourist industry, housing and more’.
Escaping Paradise (http://members.iinet.net.au/~wgmn/)
Warren Flynn. ‘Escaping Paradise follows the adventures of Nikita Scoperta, a
Perth teenager visiting Bali with her mother. Their package tour to Nusa Dua quickly
degenerates into a holiday in hell when Nicki is kidnapped by political activists. A
terrifying journey across the island of Java ensues, taking the reader through a cross-
section of contemporary Indonesian culture, seen through Nicki’s eyes’.
Indo Dreaming (http://www.neilgrant.com.au/page3.htm)
Neil Grant. ‘Indo Dreaming is a vivid and enigmatic novel for anyone who has the
spirit of travel wedged in their soul. Grant’s ability to take the reader into the wild
and foreign Indonesia is a delight’.
Updated ! Senior Novels (https://www.penguin.com.au/authors/allan-baillie)
Allan Baillie. Two novels relate to Indonesia. They are “Treasure Hunters” and

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“Saving Abbie”. Each is detailed on this site, with descriptors giving a summary of
each novel, any awards, other items of information. Also try “Krakatoa Lighthouse”.
Biography and book list available here.
Steve Tolbert Novels (http://www.southcom.com.au/~stolbert/)
This author has two novels that relate to Indonesia. They are “Escape to
Kalimantan” and “Surfing for Wayan and Other Stories”. Each is provided with a
good summary of the storyline. Also try “O’Leary, JI Terrorist Hunter”. These can
be found by scrolling down the site page.
Updated ! The Tiger (https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Tiger-Sophie-Masson
Sophie Masson. ‘The Tiger is a novel set in Java, the main island of Indonesia.
Combining realistic description, mystery and the supernatural, it is a rich and
complex novel. Nick and his family travel to Java for holidays and also to see where
his father was born : and get caught up in a mystery whose roots go back thirty years
before, to the troubled ’60’s in Indonesia. This novel, which has been very popular
and widely reviewed, gives an interesting picture of Javanese culture, life and

Other Sites

Indonesian (http://www.asiaeducation.edu.au/curriculum/languages/indonesian)
‘View curated digital resources that gather together Asia-related web links relevant to
year-level content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum : Languages -
Indonesian’. Multiple links to further resources and information.
Indonesian [2] (https://sites.google.com/site/soyouwanttolearnalanguage/indonesian)
Extensive collection, in several sections, of briefly annotated links.
Indonesian Children’s Games (http://www.expat.or.id/info/games.html)
‘The toys and the games that are described below are commonly seen and played by
Indonesian children’.
Indonesian Internet Sites (http://www.nla.gov.au/indonesian/websites)
National Library of Australia. Links for Arts & Culture, Education, Government,
regional areas, law, more. While not language, they establish an understanding of the
country and its culture.
Indonesian Language Links Database (http://www.languagelinksdatabase.com/indonesian/)
Grammar & pronunciation, Digitised Grammar Books, Indonesian Vocabulary,
Vocabulary-related [and Digitised] Ebooks, Indonesian Reading Materials, Indonesian
Dictionaries, Digitised Dictionaries, Indonesian Listening and Video Resources. All
links briefly annotated.
Why Study Indonesian ? (http://www.aiya.org.au/resources/why-study-indonesian/)
Australia-Indonesia Youth Association. ‘If you’re interested in something different or
looking to get ahead in the Asian century, Indonesian is one of your best options.
We’ve put together the five main reasons we think Indonesian is a great language to

Podcasts, Blogs, Videos

Indonesian Language Guide (http://bit.ly/worldnomad-indonesian)

Get the Podcast or download the new app.
Updated ! Learning Indonesian (https://www.learningindonesian.com/)
‘Your fun and easy way to learn the Indonesian language at your own pace’. Free and
fee-based material. Be sure to choose the one you want.
Updated ! SBS Podcasts : Indonesian (https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/indonesian
‘Podcast of news stories, sports, entertainment’, more.

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