Indonesian Way

Tidak Harus?

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. There is no *tidak harus” in Indonesian (or rather, *tidak harus occurs rarely and only in…

“You” Avoidance

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. The use of second person pronouns is one of the most difficult areas of…

Bapak and Ibu

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. In English, basically we have just one second person pronoun: “you”. Except in a…

Thank You … Yes or No?

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. ‘Apakah’ is a yes/no question word. If a Yes/No question has bisa or mau in it…

Be Polite About Other People’s Body

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. Many Indonesians are sensitive about references to their bodies. It is not exactly impolite…

Indonesia’s Culture of Bargaining

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. Negotiating a price is the norm in Indonesia’s many thousands of markets, but often…

Kopi for Coffee

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. Indonesia is famous for its tea and coffee. Picturesque tea plantations cover the hills…

“Clever” In English And In Indonesian

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. Pandai often means “to be good at” but in certain contexts it can also…

A New Day Begins At Sundown

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. Interestingly, the phrase tadi malam, which is usually translated “last night” or “yesterday night”,…

Indonesian Calendar

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok.  Even the humble calendar reveals something of Indonesia’s extraordinary diversity and its turbulent past….

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