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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Routledge; Bk&Cassett edition (25 Aug. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415092019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415092012
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 5.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,730,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Although the basic pedagogical approach of the course is perfectly adequate, the course appears to have been carelessly edited. For example, exercises in earlier lessons contain grammatical features and vocabulary which are not introduced until later in the course, if at all (the glossary at the back of the book is also far from complete). This means that the course is not quite as self-contained as it claims and would need to be used in conjunction with a reference grammar and dictionary.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Cromwell on 11 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The letter 'e' has two distinct sounds in Indonesian and this book does not tell you which one each new word has. I find that totally unacceptable. Indonesian is generally speaking so easy to pronounce and I had to buy the audio only because the book does not distinguish the two 'e' sounds in the transcription
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This book is one of the best language books i have ever come across. with clear and concise examples of how to speak and write indonesian effectively i am more than confident to speak the language with the natives,when i visit Jakarta. The writer is undoubtedly professional and has a great gift to teach, to show outsiders how to speak indonesian well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
No attempt to control vocabulary 25 April 2000
By Philip Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to be fair and admit that I haven't spent the time with this book/tape set to do it justice. However, I found this book incredibly frustrating. That's because it seems no effort was made to present vocabulary in an orderly, controlled manner. They might use a word in Lesson 2 but not bother to list it as new vocabulary until Lesson 4. A dictionary is an absolute must to do any of the exercises. Also, not all the taped exercises are transcribed in the book, or at least it's not 100% clear how they correspond, so I keep finding words in those that I don't quite understand and can't look up. It's a so-so book/tape combo, but only so-so. I love to dabble in languages, and I've definitely seen better.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A good basic introduction with a few flaws... 11 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
While I did find that this book was comprehensive in its introduction of useful, relevent vocabulary, and had a good audio companion, I found that some of the exercizes in the book lacked answer keys, making it occasionally frustrating. I would generally recommend it, but I would also recommend purchasing a companion volume that covers Indonesian grammar, and/or a good dictionary with a section devoted to it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good excercices, bad structure 20 Feb. 2004
By Richard V.F. Almasi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lets start with whats good about this package;
You get two tapes,so there is enough listening material.
The grammar is clearly explained without difficulty.
The material covers good areas suited for a beginner.
The are many excercises to give you a thorough understanding of the grammar and sentense building.
Ok so why not 5 stars?
First of all; to my great irritation, when you come to certain dialogues at the middle/end of the chapter there are words and expressions which are not covered in the current chapter - it is explained in usually the following chapter.
Some words may occur in a dialogue, when searching through the chapter and previous ones and not finding it - you try to use the glossary at the end of the book, but there is nothing there. The so-called glossary is of very little use.
Another problem has to do with the pronounciation of 'e', which sometimes is pronounced like oe, sometimes 'e' as in pet.
In many other books on indonesian, words where 'e' is pronounced have markings such as a '`' above it (in most respectable dictionarys this is also used).
But in this one its not, with listening excercises its no problem but there are at least two extra dialogues in each chapter without listening tools so you don't know how to pronouce those words correctly.
But I consider these problems to be minor ones.
As long as you get an indonesian-english dictionary to find words and get the correct pronounciation of 'e', this course is very useful, mainly because of its very extensive excerices and tapes.
Just remember to get a dictionary where the different pronounciations of 'e' is clearly market out.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive, easy-to-use course 29 Sept. 1998
By tpjmeaney@compuserve.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Colloquial Indonesian is a comprehensive textbook, logically arranged and easy to use. Each unit contains prose and/or conversational passages, grammar and plenty of exercises.
The Indonesian verb, with its system of affixations, is taught in a lucid and easily comprehensible manner. The book also contains a good 'Ready Reference Grammar'. When you finish this course (count on taking six months) you will have a thorough grounding in Bahasa Indonesia. I found the accompanying cassette tapes, which are recorded by native speakers, very useful.
I can find only one fault with the book - the author introduces a lot of vocabulary which is not to be found in the Indonesian-English glossary at the back, so you really need a dictionary to get the most out of it. Despite this, I enjoyed the course and often return to it for revision.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed and Frustrated 12 Dec. 2011
By Rufus52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well, I must agree with some of the earlier reviews. I bought the book and CDs to help me learn to speak some Indonesian before a trip to Bali. It's way too complicated and hard to follow for the average person and the CDs were a frustrating waste of time, at least for me. The CD would start with material from the book and then go off on stuff that I didn't understand because it did not follow the book material. I guess it would be fine for a formal course in a college setting, where you have the professor making the connections and you were doing tons of homework, but for the average person trying to get learn some language basics, I would not recommend it. And the book plus the CDs was a pricey
package. I found better lessons, easier to follow, and more useful on the web for free. Don't waste the money.
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