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Archive for December, 2014

Christmas Celebration in Indonesia Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

Christmas is one of most celebrated religious holidays in Indonesia, after Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic religious celebration. In big cities and areas with majority Christian communities, the spirit of Christmas celebrations can be seen and felt everywhere; houses and malls are adorned with Christmas decorations. Christmas songs, especially “Malam Kudus” or “Silent Night,”…

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The Kraton of Yogyakarta Posted by on Dec 29, 2014

Explore the grand royal palace of the Sultan of Yogyakarta in this short travel video. Includes highlights of a traditional Javanese gamelan orchestra as well as dance performances.

Indonesian Christmas Vocabulary Posted by on Dec 22, 2014

Indonesia doesn’t exactly come to mind when you think of countries that celebrate Christmas, as 85% of the population are Muslim. That being said, about 10% are Christians, which amounts to about 20 million people. Plenty of people go to mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and it’s not hard to find Christmas trees…

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Sentence Structure (Introduction) Posted by on Dec 20, 2014

Indonesian grammar is similar to English grammar. Generally, a sentence contains a subject, followed by a verb and then an object. Verbs are not inflected for person or number. Indonesian does not incorporate tenses. Indicating past or future tense requires auxiliary verbs (time signals), which is very simple. Examples: Subject Auxiliary Verb Verb Object SayaI…

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Indonesian Possessive Pronouns (Exercises) Posted by on Dec 14, 2014

The  following exercises are  to accompany the video of  the similar topic has previously been posted. The Noun Phrases’ Word Order Even though Indonesian sentence structure is similar to English, Indonesian noun phrases are written in a different word order. The following “123-321 method” will help you understand how to write the English equivalent of…

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