Indonesian Base Verbs
So far learning Indonesian has been really fun and quick to catch on to! However, I'm hitting a huge wall with the base verbs. I've easily retained all other groups of words, including lessons that come after base verbs but I cannot get these verbs down. Is anybody else struggling with this same issue? Are there any tips / tricks to get past this mental block?
Hi! I only finished the first level of the base verbs skill yesterday but some of the verbs did strike me as difficult to remember.
I revised 4 of them today (duduk, muncul, datang, setuju), and this is how I would try to remember them:
datang 'to come': easy if you already know selamat datang 'welcome'.
muncul 'to appear': this one seems difficult but it does remind me of the English word 'to munch' -- I would try to remember it by imagining a ghost that appears munching on a carrot :-)
duduk 'to sit': another word that does not look like anything else I'm familiar with; it does look onomatopoeic though -- I would imagine making a duduk sound while sitting on a wooden chair :-)
setuju 'to agree': it helps me to know that this is a prefixed form of tuju 'direction, intention', although I imagine this isn't something that will be helpful to everyone.
I only do one exercise from each skill per day, so these are the only verbs I revised today. I could be back with four more tomorrow if you find that talking about them helps!
I notice that austronesian family language has a lot of words that most likely its archaic words come from onomatopoeias.
Like in javanese/sundanese, ma'em (to eat; polite in javanese, impolite in sundanese), I reckon it was originally onomatopoeia from humming sound when you open and close your mouth when eating something. So yeah, it's a good choice to remember some words with that.
Hi, I'm not sure if this will help but what I do when learning action verbs is I act them out and repeatedly say them as I do so. But even with this, some of them require a lot more repeating than others. For example with Jatuh (to fall), I pretend I am falling and say Saya jatuh, or with Gosok (to brush) each time I brush my teeth I say Saya mengosok gigi. (I brush my teeth) I have also written up cards and stuck them to objects in my house like "Saya membuka jendela" (I open the window).