"Saya mengajar karena saya suka mengajar."

Translation:I teach because I like teaching.

September 28, 2018

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I teach because I have a year-long contract and can't quit :'(


How is this connected to "belajar = to study"?


Yeah well sometimes it's kinda tricky to literally translates something in Indonesian to English and the other way around, because the prefix and suffix and stuffs in Indonesian can change the meaning and form of an original word, so when you apply the prefix or suffix it can translate to different word in English.

Belajar and mengajar, both come from the original word "ajar". Ajar alone means teaching (noun), like for example: teaching books = buku ajar. or, teaching materials = bahan ajar. When ajar meets the prefix meng-, it changes the form of the original word from a noun to a verb, mengajar which means teaching (verb). When it meets the prefix be-, it forms another verb, which is belajar ("learn/study").


"Mengajar" is a verb for a teacher to teach his/her students.

"Belajar" is a verb for a student to learn something.


Saya mengajar karena mereka kurang ajar.



Hahahah that may sound rude but that's what Indonesian and malaysian used to say to someone rude


So is the g in "meng "worde fairly much silent?


When n and g meet, it creates a new sound, so the g is not pronounced separately, rather it has formed a new sound together with n. Just like in English, g in "good" and g in "sing" sound different.


Would someone like to take me to Macca's


Only if you're buying


Back to the original question of mengajar/belajar: In my mind I figured that one prefix makes the verb active and the other makes it passive. Somewhat like this: Mengajar = teach someone (or get someone to learn) Belajar = be taught by someone (or by something, i.e. a book) Does that make sense? And are there other matching verb-couples that could fit this idea?


Back to the original question of mengajar/belajar: In my mind I figured that one prefix makes the verb active and the other makes it passive.

"belajar" is an intransitive verb (not a passive verb).

belajar (intransitive verb) = to learn
mengajar (transitive verb) = to teach

related grammar topics:

Transitive & Intransitive verbs, Tips & notes, Addendum.

Passive type 1 and 2 , Tips & Notes, Addendum.

"Me- verbs", Tips & Notes, Addendum.

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