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Why doesn't duolingo teach Indonesian slang??

Words like tidak shortened to tak etc etc, and I'm just currious is all. I've seen it in a lesson once before but I see a lot of Indonesian speakers use slang which I find hard to understand in media and comments. Even my best friend uses it and I'm now just all so confused and upset I can't understand this ugh, yet I can understand the normal way of saying it just fine.

6 days ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
JessePaedia
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Indonesian slang varies greatly from region to region and is influenced by local languages. For example, Jakarta slang has more Javanese and Chinese loanwords than standard Indonesian, while Bali slang uses more Balinese words. If they changed the course to teach one particular type of slang, it wouldn't be understood across all of Indonesia.

Let's say they did accept 'tak' instead of 'tidak', they would have to accept 'nggak' and 'gak' too. Following on from this, they may as well accept 'lu'/'lo'/'sia'/'maneh' and 'gue'/'gua'/'aye'/'aing' for 'you' and 'I' respectively.

The aim of the Duolingo course is to teach you standard Indonesian. This style of Indonesian is understood in every region, and is used in Indonesian literature, news, politics, media etc. You can use this register in informal and formal situations alike. After learning standard Indonesian, you can easily learn slang through meeting Indonesians or going to Indonesia. Your friends will gladly teach you how to speak Bahasa Gaul. :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_slang

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CadetheBruce
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Well, Indonesian slang is a completely different topic on its own and is rather complicated because it varies so much across the country, so it would be difficult for a rather simplistic course like Duolingo to cover. Add to that, Duolingo has stated more or less officially that their courses will not be teaching slang. So you're just going to have to find other resources to learn Indonesian slang. Sorry.

6 days ago

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Your right

6 days ago

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I agree with Jessepaedia. Bahasa Indonesia has its roots from malay language, which is not even the mother tongue of the majority of indonesians. Bahasa is also fairly young, so it contains less words and a lot of indonesian feel the language in its formal form "stiff", inflexible. to give you a perspective, the KBBI contains 127 thousand definitions (all, including obsolete words, 2016 version) vs Oxford dictionary's 171 thousand definitions (in current use, 1989 version). so we tend to supplement it with regional language, and we have a lot of regional languages which means if duolingo wants to teach all of them you would have to learn at leas 10 ways of saying "i".

A lot of people struggles to keep up with the slang especially those which are used among the youth, i get confused when my friend said "sabi sabi" turns out it means "bisa", 'can', just reversed and i am a freshman in university, struggling to understand the slang of my generation lol. it just evolves very fast.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lezuardi
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Those are puns and all :) There is also a slang "kuy", from the inversion of "yuk", which is a shortened form of "ayo", meaning "let's". This is just an example of how Indonesian language (and Indonesians) get weirder on a whole new level

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GetUpStandGreen

Sounds trippy tbh.

I'll ask my best friend when he comes back and see if he'll help me learn a couple (Ofc he will help I know him well enough).

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard
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You will have to spend a considerable amount of time in Indonesia to learn this stuff. I have never learned English slang when I was a student. It's like forcing people to learn American, English, Australian English at the same time. Duolingo can't do it. And Texan maybe :)

I live in Indonesia now with just formal Indonesian and it's completely fine for me. You're a foreigner so people will adjust for you.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GetUpStandGreen

YOU LIVE IN INDONESIA!? OMG LUCKY WHERE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I wanna go and or live there so badly but I'm not old enough yet to be on my own :(

4 days ago
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