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Interjections in Bahasa Indonesia Posted by on May 31, 2017

To express a sudden emotions while you communicate with others, you can use interjection. There is essentially a single word, phrase, or short clause words that you can insert into a sentence to convey your emotions. Here are several common interjections in Bahasa Indonesia and examples of their use in conversations: 1. Wah! To express…

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Reflexive “sendiri” Posted by on May 29, 2017

The reflexive sendiri “self” occurs with nouns and pronouns to make clear who or what is being referred to: Examples: Saya berenang sendiri.               I swam by myself. Suami saya berangkat ke Jakarta sendiri. My husband left for Jakarta himself. Sendiri can be used before or after the verb or after the object of the…

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Kawah Ijen: Where the Fire Burns Blue Posted by on May 24, 2017

Kawah Ijen: Where the Fire Burns Blue

Of all the adventures that await you in Indonesia, perhaps none is more spectacular than a visit to Kawah Ijen. Deep in this volcanic crater, in the middle of the night, you can see the famed blue fire. It’s not lava, but a result of the combustion of sulfuric gases. You’ll also see the sulfur miners…

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Gado-Gado Posted by on May 17, 2017


Wherever you are in Indonesia, there are some common dishes that you’ll find. One ubiquitous Indonesian dish is gado-gado. The name literally means “mix-mix,” a fitting name for a dish that’s basically a mixed salad topped with peanut sauce. It’s thought to originally be a Sundanese dish, and it’s still very popular in West Java…

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My Holiday (Liburan Saya) Posted by on May 15, 2017

Everyone likes going on holiday, right? It’s something we look forward to, and then something we like talking about once we return home. When was the last time you had a holiday? Could you talk about it in Indonesian? Here’s a short story about my long holiday from school in Bali. Read the Indonesian version…

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