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My Hobby (Hobi Saya) Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

This is one of the Indonesian essay writing samples for intermediate level.  After reading the essay, you can write about your hobby. Choose one of your hobbies that you enjoy doing.


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A vocabulary list is provided for you to help you get your writing started.


Ada banyak kegiatan yang senang saya lakukan dalam waktu senggang saya. Namun  memasak adalah kegiatan yang paling saya sukai. Ini hobi saya. Memasak memberikan saya rasa kepuasan tersendiri, apalagi kalau saya berhasil membuat resep sendiri dan masakan saya mendapat pujian.

Saya memasak hampir setiap hari apalagi kalau saya mau bereksperimen dengan bahan-bahan dan bumbu yang berbeda sama sekali atau kalau saya kangen dengan keluarga saya di Indonesia. Kadang-kadang  saya juga memasak waktu berusaha memecahkan suatu permasalahan. Memasak membantu saya untuk lebih memusatkan diri pada persoalan saya.

Saya tidak tahu pasti kapan tepatnya saya mulai memasak, tetapi saya ingat, dari kecil saya sering melihat ibu saya memasak. Kadang-kadang saya membantu Beliau di dapur, seperti mengiris bawang, memotong sayuran,  atau mengulek bumbu. Saya belajar membuat makanan yang mudah. Rasanya bangga sekali, waktu keluarga saya mengatakan bahwa masakan pertama saya rasaya enak sekali. Sejak itu, setiap ada kesempatan saya selalu memasak untuk mereka.


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Setelah saya tidak tinggal dengan orangtua saya lagi, memasak dengan ibu saya adalah waktu favorit saya. Sambil memasak, kami bercerita dan mengobrol tentang kehidupan saya saat saya jauh dari rumah.


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Ibu saya pandai memasak, dan saya beruntung bisa belajar dari Beliau. Beliau mengajarkan bahwa untuk membuat makanan yang enak, kita tidak perlu memakai bumbu yang banyak selama kita bisa memadukan jumlah bahan-bahan yang ada.

Bagi saya memasak merupakan terapi dan seni, suatu bentuk untuk mengekspresikan diri melalui kemampuan mencampur bumbu bahan makanan untuk menciptakan masakah yang sangat lezat dan unik.


There are many activities I like to do in my spare time. However, cooking is my favorite activity. It’s my hobby. Cooking would give me great pleasure, especially if I managed to make recipes and received many positive comments about my foods.

I cook almost every day, especially, when I feel like experimenting with an entirely different kind of ingredients and spices, or when I miss my family in Indonesia.  Often time, I cook when I am trying to solve a problem; cooking can help me focus more on my issue.

I do not know exactly when I started to cook, but when I was little, I always saw my mom cooking. Sometimes, I helped her in the kitchen, such as slicing onions, cutting vegetables, grinding spices to make a “bumbu” (seasoning), and I learned how to make an easy meal. I felt so proud when my family said that my first cooking was delicious. Since then, whenever I have a chance, I always cook for them.


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When I was not living with my parents anymore, cooking with my mom was still my favorite time. While in the kitchen, we talk and tell stories about our lives when I am away from home.


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My mom is an excellent cook, and I am fortunate to learn from her. She taught me that to make delicious foods we do not need to add a lot of seasoning, as long as we could put together the right amount of them.

For me, cooking is a therapeutic and an art, a form of self-expression through the ability to mix the spices and ingredients to create extraordinary dishes with a delicious flavor.


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Bahasa Indonesia English
senang like
kegiatan activity
(kegiatan-kegiatan) activities
suka like
senang happy
waktu senggang free time
kepuasan satisfaction
mendapat to receive
pujian compliment
bangga proud
mengajar to teach
mengajarkan to teach something
Bumbu is the Indonesian word for spices mixture
or seasoning, and it commonly appears in the names of
certain spice mixtures, sauces and seasoning pastes
masakan cooking, food, cuisine
bahan-bahan ingredients



Write an essay about one of your hobbies.

Look at the sample essay “Hobi Saya” if you need help.

Answer the following questions in your essay:

Apa hobi Anda? (What is your hobby?)

– Kapan Anda mulai melakukannya? (When did you start doing this hobby?)

– Mengapa Anda suka melakukannya? (Why do you like doing this hobby?)

– Bagaimana Anda belajar melakukannya? (How did you learn this hobby?)

– Kapan Anda biasanya melakukannya? {When do you usually do this hobby?)

–  Seberapa sering Anda melakukannya? (How often do you do this hobby?)

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I’m an Indonesian language instructor, instructional material developer, reading test developer, and interpreter. I have been teaching Indonesian to adult students for 15 years, and have been teaching students from many backgrounds, such as private, military and diplomatic service employees. I’m Indonesian, but am living in the US now; my exposure to different cultures in my home country and in the US has enriched my knowledge in teaching Indonesian as a second language. I approach the teaching of the Indonesian language by developing students’ critical cultural awareness and competence. This method of teaching has been proven to be a key to the success of my students. Students become conscious of the essential role culture plays in the language.