Pimsleur Indonesian Level 1 MP3

Pimsleur Indonesian Level 1 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Indonesian with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442339477
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  • List Price: $119.95

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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction as MP3 download (16 hrs), plus a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Indonesian
Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Indonesian will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Indonesian designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the Indonesian language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Lesson 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading Indonesian. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Indonesian pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The Indonesian Language
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. Like English, written Indonesian uses the Latin alphabet.

Tech Talk
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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  • Portable (18)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • It works (17)
  • Perfects accent (10)
  • Fun (9)


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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


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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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I love this way of learning!

By Patricia

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Comments about Pimsleur Indonesian Level 1 MP3:

I can't rave enough about Pimsleur's way of language learning. This one is sticking with me where others haven't. I feel that in a few short weeks I've mastered the basics of Bahasa Indonesia and can confidently understand and be understood in many situations.


Good Learning Method - Needs Written Companion

By Julie

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Comments about Pimsleur Indonesian Level 1 MP3:

I like how it builds on each lesson and how it reviews by using words and phrases from previous lessons. I wish they offered levels 2 and 3 like they do in more popular languages. It would be helpful if there was a written version of the lessons to read as you learn to speak and some grammar explainations. Plus it would be helpful if one could slow down the dialogue. Often there is no way I can respond with the dialogue before the response is given, even when I know the sentence. It's great that they use native speakers but sometimes they speak so fast that their words blend together and even with pausing and the back 10 second option it is difficult to determine some of the words used.


Pimsleur is excellent as usual.

By John the Dreamer

from Sydney,Australia

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


    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Indonesian Level 1 MP3:

    I have in past studied French and Italian with Pimsleur,always with great satisfaction. Now having received the Indonesian Course on MP3,I am even more pleased with this one, the MP3 treatment is so much easier to work with,also much less costly than the CDs. Another great feature for me is that no reading is necessary,as my eyesight is very poor. Pimsleur were very patient and helpful with the installation,as my computer skills are very limited. I now have many hours of enjoyment ahead of me. It helps keep my mind active,which at my age (87) is very important.Many thanks, Mr. Pimsleur!

    Service and delivery comments:

    All very good,particularly customer service.


    The easiest way to learn Indonesian

    By hotelathome

    from Melbourne, Australia

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


    • Only 30 Lessons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Learn quickly before you travel
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Indonesian Level 1 MP3:

    With 60 days to go before my trip to Bali and after over a year of trying all kinds of different methods to learn Indonesian, I found this product. I cannot tell you how amazing it really is. Learning a little bit at a time, building on what I had learned in the previous lesson, but most importantly, I was able to REMEMBER and RECALL what I had learned. It seemed to happen like magic. It went in, stayed in and came out when I needed it. Oh I WISH there was more than 30 lessons, I wish they would make some more of these!!! Worth every cent and more.

    I enjoyed it so much, I'm really missing my daily half hour of listening to it. I want to start it all over again. PLEASE, consider making more lessons.

    I visited a friend in Bali, who has lived there for more than a year, and my Indonesian was better than hers. I went with her to an Indonesian class, and even the teacher commented that my pronunciation was fantastic. I had so much confidence, I wasn't scared to speak in Indonesian to everyone I met.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Great learning tool.. but leaves you wanting / needing more

    By Adrian

    from Sydney

    About Me Business person


    • Bite size lessons
    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable
    • Rasonably priced for something that works


    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Indonesian Level 1 MP3:

    Having unexpectedly found myself working for a short while in Indonesia Pimsleur provided the only realistic way to study around work. I was thrilled by how easy it made it to pick up basic sentences and, with some thought, to break them up and make new ones that weren't directly taught in the course.

    BUT... it only takes you so far (basic). Having found yourself able to master the basics there is nothing you want / need more than to move to the next level. Pimsleur doesn't have a stage 2 and so you are left in limbo. As others have said before... please create a Level (and 3....) course so that we can build on this excellent starter.

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