https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MasyhurHil

Indonesian for English speakers now in beta!

I am happy to announce that the Indonesian course for English speakers is finally released in beta!

Start Learning Indonesian

Here are some things to look out for in the course:

  • Writing: your normal keyboard will work perfectly. No diacritics, no accents---you only need simple Latin alphabet to type in Indonesian.
  • Genders and tenses: N/A. Indonesian is genderless and tenseless.
  • Tones: what is this thing you worry about, "tone"? Indonesian speakers will recognize Indonesian words no matter how you stress your pronunciation because it has no heavy stress pattern. One book noted that Indonesian "flows smoothly like a babbling brook."1

Now that I'm done with the plug for Indonesian, here are some actual details related to the course:

  • Vocabulary: the Indonesian course consists of 1,885 words. We prioritized frequently-occurring words (both online and offline) that show how the language rules work. We spread this over 69 skills with an emphasis on thematic skills early in the tree.
  • What took so long? Well, there's not a lot of resources to consult with when we build the course. And for the few things that are out there, they are (obviously) not created with Duolingo's teaching structure in mind.
  • Miscellaneous: we timed our release date to coincide with Indonesia's Independence Day (August 17). Dirgahayu Indonesia!

As with all beta courses, you may encounter bugs or errors while going through the lessons. Please report them---this would help us improve the course for future learners.

Selamat belajar!

August 16, 2018

51 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BiIinguaIVader

Great! A message to all the amazing course contributors out there: Thank you for all your work! I am so glad new courses keep being added and improved in Duolingo. It helps it stay strong!

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rick392366

I't's because of this course that I joined Duolingo five months ago.
I'm very glad that it's released.
Nice timing.

Thank you banget !!! :-)

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_ricfoi

Although it's not on my personal short list of languages to learn, I do want to extend some big congratulations and thanks for all the hard work you have done on this.

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Priit_

I think the most exciting thing about this forum is it is full of people who are actually happy about the course, instead of people complaining that there is no Latin/Icelandic/Finnish/Croatian etcc

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ycUvuSap

Each completed language means there is one less competitor to MYFAVOURITELANGUAGE, in terms of incubator resources.

Or maybe people are not such ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ here, mostly?

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JasonVoorheess

your favorite language is Latin ?

January 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicolasHIk

Thank you for this course.

I find it quite hard to believe that Indonesian is a category III language in terms of difficulty. This would mean that it is harder than German, even though there are no genders, no verb tenses and no tones.

I will start learning this language pretty soon, as I have some Indonesian blood in me!

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/farxhan

It's considered harder than German because Indonesian doesn't share much similarities with English. Afaik, only Technology related words that borrowed from English to Indonesian.

Compared with German (which belongs to the same language family), you can understand some words in it without actually learning German.

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chiyo_Sakura

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn this language!

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WinterSoldier.

thank you so much for making this course

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brian_Swann

great name

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Team Indonesian you've done a great job! Thank you so much for volunteering all of these many hours to make this available!

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/breadroll04

well done

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Uninspiringg

Looking forward to always see the new content you guys pump out for us, you guys rock, so much.

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimMacFly

Just arrived in Indonesia for work and i was really waiting for this one! And really nice of you guys to make it available on Independence Day here in Indonesia!

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

I am really enjoying this course so far. What a fun language!

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/southernX

Thank you! I look forward to learning this language.

August 17, 2018

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    Congrats and terima kasih to all the contributors. I'm really enjoying the course so far. It's been worth the wait.

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mari-kit

    Thank You! Terima Kasih.

    Anytime there's a new Asian language here, I'm always excited! I'm definitely adding this to my course. I think learning Bahasa will be easy for me because of my background. Yey!!

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Velonisia

    Woah, noice. Though I notice that I got many wrong despite I'm a native language.... well probs because I mistakenly wrote in informal forms, lol. Great jobs though.

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SvenDK

    Happy to see another language graduate. I kind of got the feeling no new languages were added. I’d love to start a German-Dutch team but get no response from Duo. Interesting to use amongst others Wikipedia to build your own word frequency list.

    August 18, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

    I would also love to see a Dutch for Germans course here, but I think this will never happen as too many Germans speak fluent English and too many Dutch people speak German and English.

    August 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AWSMDEWD

    Terima kasih banyak! Saya mulai belajar bahasa indonesia kemarin dan saya suka bahasa ini <3

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hobbes100

    Yay! I've been holding my breath the last few days... And now it's here! Saya mengerti bahasa Indonesia. Tapi sedikit sedikit sajah! Terimah kasih Duolingo!

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DianaLR

    I am really enjoying the course so far! Terima kasih banyak!

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/volumniax

    Dirgahayu Indonesia! And thank you so much for your hard work :)

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arielkbt

    Yay, I'm so happy! Thank you so much. I just left Indo in June and I was already forgetting so much Bahasa.

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

    Thanks a lot for your contribution, We had to wait a long time but it seems to be perfect.

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

    When I decided to learn an Asian language I was considering Indonesian. Mainly because of the alphabet. Meanwhile I was waiting I started with Japanese after I started to listen to Indonesian music on YouTube and then Japanese music was playing after a while.

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Code.Slinger

    My plan is to one day retire in Indonesia. This will help prepare me. I still have about 30 years to go though.

    August 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JessePaedia

    Ucapan selamat! Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan!

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohannesBe321028

    I don't plan to learn Indonesian, but it sounds like a great course. It's one of the top ten most spoken languages in the world.

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryanaissance

    While it's not a language I've ever considered, I thank you for the work in putting up here for others.

    Plus now that it's up here, even if I never choose to really learn the language, I will gain more familiarity with it than I would've otherwise.

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicRuler1414

    No genders, no tenses, no tones

    Are there cases, though? :)

    August 18, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antspants01

    No cases either, though it does have an extensive affix system from prefixes, suffices, circumfixes and infixes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malay_grammar#Verbs

    Affixes Root words are either nouns or verbs, which can be affixed to derive new words, e.g. masak (to cook) yields memasak (cooks), memasakkan (cooks for), dimasak (cooked) as well as pemasak (a cook), masakan (a meal, cookery). Many initial consonants undergo mutation when prefixes are added: e.g. sapu (sweep) becomes penyapu (broom); panggil (to call) becomes memanggil (calls/calling), tapis (to sieve) becomes menapis (sieves).

    Other examples of the use of affixes to change the meaning of a word can be seen with the word ajar (teach):

    ajar = teach ajaran = teachings belajar = to learn mengajar = to teach diajar = being taught (intransitive) diajarkan = being taught (transitive) mempelajari = to study dipelajari = being studied pelajar = student pengajar = teacher pelajaran = subject, education pengajaran = lesson, moral of story pembelajaran = learning terajar = taught (accidentally) terpelajar = well-educated, literally "been taught" berpelajaran = is educated, literally "has education" There are four types of affixes, namely prefixes (awalan), suffixes (akhiran), circumfixes (apitan) and infixes (sisipan).

    August 20, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/P-Code

    Thank you so much! Since one of my friends lives in Indonesia and his language interests me, I look forward to starting the Indonesian tree soon.

    August 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nameless-Learner

    That's awesome!

    August 18, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sluggermatt15

    Thank you to the contributors for all their hard work. Thank you also for the update!

    August 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pedro771

    Thank you for all your efforts putting this course together! I really appreciate the invested energy. I have been waiting for this course for a long time. I found the first lessons really interesting and thrilled to explore this language.

    August 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RussG10

    Thank you so much for this course. I'm so grateful and appreciative of the work that's gone into the developement and continual improvement. An outstanding resource.

    August 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/farxhan

    I'm waiting to test out this course from my phone!

    September 5, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lizinvt

    Terima kasih! I'm headed to Borneo on vacation in the spring, and I'm hoping to master the tree before I go. It's a whole new world when you understand the language of a place you are visiting. Thank you again for your hard work.

    December 31, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrendaDodd

    I hope you enjoy it! I grew up there.

    January 1, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PannasOwen

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS

    August 17, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wilenchicken

    Been waiting for this for so long, thank you so much for all your hard work! As soon as it launched, I got emails from all my friends who were also excited about the release. Terima kasih semuanya <3

    August 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fred_Van

    Great job! Thank you!

    August 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angelic12345

    Thanks for the course!

    August 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FelipeValeSilva

    Great news. I was looking forward to this.

    August 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antspants01

    Terima kasih banyak tim Bahasa Indonesia atas kerja keras kalian! Saya tinggal di Australia dan sangat suka bahasa ini.

    August 20, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/smokey2022

    When will this course come to the smartphones too?

    August 24, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrendaDodd

    How do I report bugs or errors from the app? I have encountered several English translations for Indonesian sentences that are not good English, but have not been able to make clear comments on them from within my ios app. I can only do that if I encounter them when I am on the PC.

    December 28, 2018
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