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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Bilingual edition (13 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804833710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804833714
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are you visiting Indonesia and need a handy and accurate guide for easy communication? If so, this is the phrase book for you. Instant Indonesian allows you to quickly and easily meet people, go shopping, travel, ask for directions, order food and drinks and much more. This excellent and well designed phrase book for travellers is the way to learn simple Indonesian quickly.

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great book, teaches you much more than you think and more than enough to survive a trip in indonesia (where very few people speak English outside the big cities). Much better than a normal coursebook, and I am a very experienced user of such books. Highly recommended if you want to know some Indonesian for your journey. Indonesian is a very easy language to learn with very little grammar, and with few words you can go a long way
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This book does what it says - basic words, used in simple sentences that are genuinely useful. Once these 100 words are known, many sentences can be constructed and this book shows you how.
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By Dazzini on 22 Dec 2014
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Very basic and it shouldn't take long to complete!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A Pleasant Guide to Bahasa Indonesia 16 Dec 2005
By Thomas J. Leiby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Do not let this phrasebook's diminuitive size fool you; it most certainly packs a whallop! The phrasebook is broken into ten segments, with each segment containing ten vocabulary words and their different uses. At the end of each segment is a brief treatment of a particular aspect of Indonesian culture and life.

For example, the first segment concerns itself with simple Indonesian words, such as "selamat" (a word used in greetings), "ibu" (mother) and "sudah" (already). For each vocabulary word, several sentences are provided to give the reader an idea of the different contexts that are available. At the end of the first segment is an informational section on the eating and drinking habits of Indonesians.

Indeed, this phrasebook is by no means a comprehensive guide to the Indonesian language, but it is extremely useful in providing anyone planning to undertake a trip to Indonesia a better grasp of their surroundings. From an individual who has lived and traveled extensively in Indonesia, I strongly recommend this phrasebook.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Concise useful book to have around 25 Feb 2007
By H. Perera - Published on Amazon.com
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The usefulness of this book really is in its compactness. It's easy to carry and allows a traveller to express basic concepts easily. It is not a guide to learning the language in depth but rather, could be used as an aid to such a guide. It really is more suitable for travellers to Indonesia who would like to express basic ideas in the local language simply.

The book is divided into sections covering different topics. These include eating and drinking, social etiquette, times and sessions, personal pronouns, religion and culture, social chatting, social relations and family, Indonesian names and verb prefixes.

While the information presented is limited, what is there is enough to help you out in difficult situations while travelling. However, I found it hard to intuitively find the section I require quickly without resorting to the contents or index page. I resorted to sticking post it notes at the start of each section and labelling them with the chapter topic so I could find what I needed fast while I am waiting in queues, conversing with service people, etc. This proved successful.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
helpful... 12 Dec 2009
By worldtraveler - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this little book so that I may be able to learn some Indonesian before traveling there this winter... I understand why some other reviews mentioned it is not well organized - the author could have done a little better by making dividers and such, so I'm using one reviewer's advice by having stickynotes - but I am finding this book to be rather helpful for learning some key words and phrases! I did, however, also purchase the Lonely Planet's phrasebook, as I find it to be very detailed and divided into catagories that will hopefully be easy to use in specific situations. Knowing that I'll be in areas without English speakers for weeks and weeks, I think I can use all the help I can get!
There is also some helpful advice in here about social situations, and the importance of Pak and Ibu (similar to the importance of Usted in Spanish) for respect.
I know it got some bad reviews, but I bought it anyway, and I like it! If you're willing to spend some time studying, and want to become a decent speaker, this book will work for you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
really great, pick it up! 8 Nov 2009
By MissladyChelove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
this little book is great. the style of info presentation is what is so different, gets you started learning the most commonly used words first. my mom was from java indonesia, and was a bahasa indonesia and jawa (indonesian and javanese language) teacher for 45 years, so i've seen a lot of indonesian language books through the years. she thought highly of this book and even bought one for all of her kids. ibu sri always knew quality when she saw it! grab the book, check it out - it's reasonably priced so what can you really lose?

can anyone recommend a similar style book for learning french?

thanks / terima kasih banyak / matur nuwun
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent start in learning a language 21 Jan 2005
By G. Bashaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most language courses promise the world but this little inexpensive jem actuallly lives up to its promise. The vocabulary is concise and well-explained. The author succeeds in linking the lessons to each other as the book proceeds. While not a comprehensive grammar to Bahasa Indonesia, it does serve as a great start in learning the language.
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