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
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  • 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 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • It works (9)
  • Perfects accent (4)
  • Fun (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (9)
  • Fun (6)
  • Self-improvement (6)
  • Business/work (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (6), Business person (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Currently Using This

I'm using this course as part of my preparation for linguistics field work in Indonesia. I always find it useful to be able to ask for the information I need in the local trade...Read complete review

I'm using this course as part of my preparation for linguistics field work in Indonesia. I always find it useful to be able to ask for the information I need in the local trade language, and people generally appreciate that I'm making the effort and not expecting them to speak English. As with all of the level-one Pimsleur courses, you'll get what you need to be polite and find out what you need to know in an efficient, effective, easy-to-use format.

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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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5.0

Best language application out there!

By Snoboy

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Business person

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Travel

    Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I have purchased Spanish, Arabic and Indonesian for business and they all exceed my expectations. I have other top brand language software but Pimsleurs method gives me far better retention and real world applications.

     
    5.0

    It Simply Works

    By WombatEd

    from Torrance, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Travel

    Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I was surprised at how quickly I found myself catching on.

    They recommend that you stay with one lesson until you are coming up with the right response about 80% of the time. For me, that was counter-intuitive - I really wanted to master the first lesson before moving on to the next.

    But when I tried it, it worked. There was a healthy amount of overlap between each lesson and the next, to the point where I found myself filling in the gaps quite quickly.

    Overall, this was a real adventure.

    Service and delivery comments:

    It really shouldn't take until Lesson 21 to learn how to say "bathroom".

     
    5.0

    Love Pimsleur

    By Lois

    from Somersworth, NH

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    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I have opportunities to speak to Indonesian people often in my neighborhood, and would like to teach Bible in that language. Pimsleur makes it easy to remember what you are learning.

      Service and delivery comments:

      I cannot find evidence that there is more than the first 30,lessons for Bahasa Indonesia. Would like more.

       
      5.0

      It worked for me

      By R

      from R

      About Me Traveler

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Indonesian, Comprehensive:

      It worked for me. Got on a boat and was able to meet and greet in Indonesia, which in turn endeared me to the crew. Was able to converse and pick up more on my trip.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Learning without expectations

      By Mick

      from Tacoma, WA

      About Me Military personnel, Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Indonesian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      You can learn the basics from youtube, you can test yourself on vocab from a free app on your phone. We all know the cheap option is googling for academic resources, but have you fallen in love with it yet? Download the course. Or don't, I don't care if you learn a language or not.

      Service and delivery comments:

      less numbers training. that's easy.

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