Indonesian, Comprehensive

Indonesian, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Indonesian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743598866
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • List Price: $345.00

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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

About Indonesian

  • Indonesian, also known as Bahasa Indonesia, is the official language of Indonesia.
  • Indonesia is a form of Malay, an Austronesian (or Malayo-Polynesian) language, which had been used as a lingua franca in the Indonesian archipelago for centuries.
  • Standard Indonesian pronunciation, which is taught in this course, is based on the language of Jakarta.
  • Indonesian is spoken by nearly 35 million people as a first language and by 150 million people as a second language. It is also spoken in Thailand, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Africa, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Netherlands, and the US.
  • Besides Indonesian, there are over 300 local languages spoken in Indonesia, however, Indonesian is the primary language in education, government, business and communication.
  • Written Indonesian uses the Latin alphabet (like English), there are 26 letters.

Indonesian, Comprehensive
  • New thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Indonesian language learning. Plus one hour of Reading Lessons - After an initial introduction to the spoken language, reading instruction is integrated into the program. You'll learn to sound out letters, reading words, phrases, and eventually sentences.
  • Replaces the Compact Indonesian.
  • Essential grammar and vocabulary – greetings, numbers, ordering food and drink, dealing with currency, scheduling a meal or meeting, giving and asking for directions, going shopping, visiting friends, making plans for the evening, taking trips, organizing transportation and talking about family. Speak comfortably about the past and make plans for the future!
  • Learn to understand much of what you hear, and speak with near-native pronunciation.
  • No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural (and useful!) conversations at an intermediate level.
  • Easy, fast, fun and effective – We will guarantee your satisfaction and a measurable level of "spoken proficiency" or your money back (rules and regulations apply, see http://www.pimsleur.com/Proficiency-Guarantee for more details).
  • Learn anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary!

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurIndonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • It works (14)
  • Perfects accent (7)
  • Fun (6)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (14)
  • Self-improvement (10)
  • Fun (9)
  • Business/work (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (10), Business person (5), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

PLEASEEE make Indonesian Phase 2 and soon

When I started Indonesian Phase One I was apprehensive. Id studied Indonesian before, with other learning programmes and although I worked hard and studied the vocab etc as instructed, the bottom line was...Read complete review

When I started Indonesian Phase One I was apprehensive. Id studied Indonesian before, with other learning programmes and although I worked hard and studied the vocab etc as instructed, the bottom line was that I STILL couldnt speak it. I got so bogged down with grammar, sentence structure, reading, learning vocab, that actually speaking it got lost somewhere in the mix. I just want to be able to converse on a basic level and understand whats being said to me, confidently. Reading /writing can come later on.
So I tried Pimsleur (there are no Indonesian classes locally). I was sceptical about handing over money for any course cos truth was, I was starting to think they were all a waste of time. The good news is, I really enjoy the lessons. They FORCED me to speak from day 1. Easy bite size chunks! They repeat words/topics often enough that I feel I am constantly building on previous knowledge. Im getting used to hearing my own voice, the time given for answers is a realistic time gap, not so short that youd get panicked and not sooooooo long that you die of boredom, its just enough to keep you focused which replicates a realistic response time in a conversation. Also the native speakers speak at normal speed, which is scary at first but honestly much better than the false speed some lessons speak at. You have to speak out loud and experience trying to get your tongue around the words (which is easier said than done). I love the fact you should only do 30 mins a day (no pressure to super study) and no requirement to write anything down means I can do it whilst doing housework.
Anyway, Im writing this to encourage Phase 2 to be released. I cant stop now and dont want to lose what I have already learned, I need to keep up the journey forward. Ive already encouraged friends to also start with Pimsleur and dont want them to feel frustrated that they cant continue what they've started. Many others on the feedback have asked for Phase 2, please help

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Good Start

I studied and learned Bahasa Melayu (hence the foundation for Bahasa Indonesa) about 40 years ago and enjoyed using it to good effect in Java and Bali, as well as in Malaysia. Now...Read complete review

I studied and learned Bahasa Melayu (hence the foundation for Bahasa Indonesa) about 40 years ago and enjoyed using it to good effect in Java and Bali, as well as in Malaysia. Now I am preparing to return to Central Java (work) and Bali (pleasure) and wanted to refresh. I am not a professional linguist, but I have studied and developed a degree of proficiency in other languages.

As a refresher, this course was helpful and the building block approach sound...given that the first several lessons were fairly elementary in my case. The pronunciation instruction was clear and sensibly developed; the degree of additive complexity from lesson to lesson was logical; the coverage per lesson was reasonable and effective for me. Initially, the instructions in English were less distinct about which gender role the student was playing, though this became clearer in lessons 10-16.

At the end of the course, however, the commentator said that there were more advanced units on offer -- if so, I can't locate them, and that is a shame because I feel I now have adequate phrase-book level re-familiarity for SOME routine transactions (greetings, directions-and-locations, time of day, currency and numbers, appointments, ordering simple food and drink) but nowhere to proceed: expressing intention, asking for critical services such as transportation, communications, medical assistance. Since so much of linguistic application and effectiveness rely upon social interaction, terms of address, social relations, cultural practices, courtesy and etiquette, etc., etc. are critical. Less critical but very useful are categories/types of food, much less common dishes -- this unit only specifies drink -- and how to engage politely about current events. These are all lacking, but could be effectively introduced in a Unit 2.

Beyond phrase book usage, three serious gaps are any serious introduction to sentence structure/word order in phrases, modals, and classifiers. There should be some orientation to the first of these in Lessons 0-16; the second two topics (modals and classifiers) are required elements of a second section, since they lay groundwork for coherent conversation.

In sum, the producers offer a useful introduction that supports phrase-book level learning. Serious language instruction requires more depth, and I look forward to a Unit 2.

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4.0

Recommend

By Ian

from Melbourne Australia

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I am over 50 and historically have trouble learning another language. Pimsleur enables me to continually replay the same lesson until I learn Indonesian. Getting better but slong way to go. 1/2 way through lessons

Service and delivery comments:

Good delivery

 
5.0

This is such an amazing program!

By Jessica in Indonesia

from Surabaya, Indonesia

About Me Student, Traveler

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Level one of Pimsleur's Indonesian has been such a beneficial tool for my in my language learning process. Even though I have a private tutor, the method of Pimsleur has increased my language acquisition and helped me to have confidence to practice and use what I was reinforcing each day in my 30 minute Pimsleur lesson. I was so disappointed when I finished lesson 30 and could not continue. I hope that you will continue to make the next level. I am part of a company that would be very interested in having all of its members purchase the program as a language learning tool. The strategies and methods used by Pimsleur are the the most effective I have ever used in learning another language!

     
    5.0

    PLEASEEE make Indonesian Phase 2 and soon

    By Alison

    from Hong Kong

    About Me Traveler

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Focuses on getting you speaking immediately
    • Fun
    • Great for building on previous lessons daily
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Some basic topics aren't covered early enough

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    When I started Indonesian Phase One I was apprehensive. Id studied Indonesian before, with other learning programmes and although I worked hard and studied the vocab etc as instructed, the bottom line was that I STILL couldnt speak it. I got so bogged down with grammar, sentence structure, reading, learning vocab, that actually speaking it got lost somewhere in the mix. I just want to be able to converse on a basic level and understand whats being said to me, confidently. Reading /writing can come later on.
    So I tried Pimsleur (there are no Indonesian classes locally). I was sceptical about handing over money for any course cos truth was, I was starting to think they were all a waste of time. The good news is, I really enjoy the lessons. They FORCED me to speak from day 1. Easy bite size chunks! They repeat words/topics often enough that I feel I am constantly building on previous knowledge. Im getting used to hearing my own voice, the time given for answers is a realistic time gap, not so short that youd get panicked and not sooooooo long that you die of boredom, its just enough to keep you focused which replicates a realistic response time in a conversation. Also the native speakers speak at normal speed, which is scary at first but honestly much better than the false speed some lessons speak at. You have to speak out loud and experience trying to get your tongue around the words (which is easier said than done). I love the fact you should only do 30 mins a day (no pressure to super study) and no requirement to write anything down means I can do it whilst doing housework.
    Anyway, Im writing this to encourage Phase 2 to be released. I cant stop now and dont want to lose what I have already learned, I need to keep up the journey forward. Ive already encouraged friends to also start with Pimsleur and dont want them to feel frustrated that they cant continue what they've started. Many others on the feedback have asked for Phase 2, please help

     
    5.0

    Great Method

    By chef Albert

    from Timor Leste

    About Me Business person, Government employee, Traveler

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I have spent several years in Indonesia and South East Asia and have studied Bahasa a good bit. So I was not an absolute beginner with this course. But as a remedial get me back up to speed fast course I think it can't be beat.
      I use it once a day and speak with my staff and the locals using Bahasa as much as possible. The way the course introduces new vocabulary and reinforces it in the next lessons works very well for me. Plus for at least 1/2 each day I am speaking Bahasa in an organised way. it is kind of like going to the gym everyday but for language. plus the good instructor you got to get "fit"
      So I am very pleased with the course. The only thing is I wish there were at least one more level. I plan to review from lesson 15-30 once I finish.
      Thanks
      Albert

       
      4.0

      very good learning method

      By Steve

      from Melbourne, Australia

      About Me Business person

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • No writing component

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Travel

      Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      The repetitive learning method helps reinforce the language as you progress through each lesson. The 1/2hr daily lesson is enough time to concentrate. Unfortunately there are only 30 lessons available. Not enough to really learn the language but just enough to get started.

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