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I’ve been studying Bahasa Indonesia in Bali for two weeks now, and while the classes move a bit slow for my liking, I’ve already picked up a decent amount of the language. Unlike Chinese and Thai (two other languages I’ve studied in recent years), Indonesian does not use complex characters or symbols for an alphabet. In fact, it uses the same one as English! There also aren’t any tones, which is quite the relief. Studying Indonesian is actually proving to be lots of fun. I can already introduce myself confidently, and I hope our readers can do the same with a bit of practice. Here’s a short self-introduction in Indonesian, followed by the translation in English.
My name is Alexander, but call me Sasha. I’m from the USA. My hometown is Detroit – the Motor City. I work by myself; I’m a blogger.
My family is big. I have six siblings – four younger brothers and two younger sisters. I’m the oldest. I’m 30 years old. My dad is a doctor and my mom is a nurse.
Before I lived in China for five years, working as an English teacher. I can speak Chinese and I like Chinese food. Chinese food is very delicious!
Now I live in Bali. I’m a college student at Udayana University. I’m studying Indonesian. Now I can speak a little. I’m really happy living in Bali because Bali has many beautiful places. This is my 3rd time coming to Bali.
I’m already married. My wife is also American. She lives in China. She iss also an English teacher, and she is very beautiful!
I like traveling. Next year I want to go to South Asia – Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal. I like listening to music every day.
Now try to introduce yourself in Indonesian! Here are some questions you can try to answer: