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Indonesian Migrant Workers (TKI – Tenaga Kerja Indonesia) Posted by on Oct 31, 2018

As the fourth largest population in the world, Indonesia has a large workforces surplus. The poverty combined with the scarcity and unitability of jobs for those with lack of education has led numbers of Indonesia specifically from the village and suburbs to seek employment abroad. They expect to earn money and hoping to improve their…

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Are immigrant workers or foreign workers required to master Indonesian? Posted by on Oct 30, 2018

With the consideration of supporting the national economy and expanding employment opportunities through increased investment, the government considers the need to re-regulate licensing for the use of foreign workers. Therefore, the government of Indonesia issued Presidential Regulation No. 20/2018 on the Use of Immigrant Workers in Indonesia. The new regulation aims at simplifying the permit…

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To use the word ‘to find’ in Indonesian: mencari and menemukan Posted by on Sep 30, 2018

When you search for the word ‘to find’ in Indonesian, you will find ‘mencari’ and ‘menemukan’. What are the differences between those two words? As most of Indonesian words, mencari is formed from ‘meN’ prefix and ‘cari’ root word that means ‘to search’ or ‘to look for’. It is a transitive verb. As a transitive…

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Imperatives Posted by on Sep 29, 2018

Imperatives are the language forms that we use to tell people to do things. This may mean giving commands, making requests, offering, inviting, urging, or advising. We also use imperatives to tell people not to do something (prohibiting). These are called negative imperatives. 1. Giving Commands – Commands using intransitive verbs In intransitive sentences, the…

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“ke-…-an” circumfix functioning as verb Posted by on Sep 28, 2018

The ‘ke-…-an” circumfix form verbs which have accidental meaning and occasionally have a potential meaning: the subject experiences or is affected by something, and the subject has no control over that condition. The application of ‘ke-…-an” verbs is very broad and quite difficult for a non-native speaker to produce. In general, the four functions of…

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