Indonesian for English speakers now in beta!
I am happy to announce that the Indonesian course for English speakers is finally released in beta!
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.
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!
I't's because of this course that I joined Duolingo five months ago.
I'm very glad that it's released.
Thank you banget !!! :-)
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.
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
Each completed language means there is one less competitor to MYFAVOURITELANGUAGE, in terms of incubator resources.
Or maybe people are not such ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ here, mostly?
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!
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.
Team Indonesian you've done a great job! Thank you so much for volunteering all of these many hours to make this available!
Looking forward to always see the new content you guys pump out for us, you guys rock, so much.
Congrats and terima kasih to all the contributors. I'm really enjoying the course so far. It's been worth the wait.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Terima kasih banyak! Saya mulai belajar bahasa indonesia kemarin dan saya suka bahasa ini <3
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!
Yay, I'm so happy! Thank you so much. I just left Indo in June and I was already forgetting so much Bahasa.
Thanks a lot for your contribution, We had to wait a long time but it seems to be perfect.
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.
My plan is to one day retire in Indonesia. This will help prepare me. I still have about 30 years to go though.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Thank you to the contributors for all their hard work. Thank you also for the update!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.