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Dutch East Indies

C. Peter Chen The Dutch East Indies, or Netherlands East Indies, was formed as a colony of the Netherlands in 1800 when the country nationalized the Dutch East India Company. It expanded to…

Translating Indonesia

I still remember very vividly the moment I became hooked on the study of Indonesia and on the mystery of translation between Indonesian and English. I guess all of you, as translators, have…

Language is a Business Tool

Corporate and public organisations now operate on a global scale. Whether dealing with an overseas client, colleague or supplier, or exploring a new business partnership. Interaction with people from different cultures is now…

Western Loanwords in Indonesian

Indonesian has thousands of words that resemble English words. Lots of them serve an obvious purpose: they fill a gap in the vocabulary. Examples of these are pistol, helikopter, komputer. There was no word to…

English is Changing The Grammar Of Indonesian

If words are flesh and grammar is bones, then the flesh of Indonesian has an unmistakable English flavour by now. What you might not know is that English is shaping the bones of…

Indonesian has no verb “to be”

The basic sentence in Indonesian is often said to consist of a “topic” (the thing or person that is the beginning point for what you want to say) and the “comment” (the information…

Asking For What You Want In Indonesian

Whether you’re living in Indonesia or just on holiday there, some of your most useful phrases will be formulas to ask for things – goods, services and information. You have to pick your words carefully for…

To Thank Or Not To Thank in Indonesian

On my first trip to Indonesia twenty years ago, I arrived in the village of Ubud in Bali and was sitting in my losmen. Two young hotel maids came in, and started making…

Being Polite in Public

Posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. Expressions of disagreement are often prefaced with an apology (maaf) and sometimes speakers say they agree…

Arabic loanwords in Indonesian revisited

How did Arabic loanwords end up in Indonesian?1 Various answers to this intriguing question have been put forward in an effort to trace the long road these words may have followed before becoming part of…

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