- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Teach Yourself; Box Pap/Co edition (28 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444102338
- ISBN-13: 978-1444102338
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 5.7 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Complete Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia): Teach Yourself Paperback – 28 May 2010
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Discover a new and effective way to learn Indonesian. With 17 units covering the four key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, this best-selling course comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your computer or MP3 player.
About the Author
Christopher Byrnes is a qualified languages teacher who has taught all over the world. Eva Nyimas is a native speaker of several Indonesian languages and has taught standard Indonesian and English to children and adults.
Top Customer Reviews
What is more annoying is that many of the answers given to the exercises are simply wrong (mostly due to poor editing, it seems). This really starts to get to you as you learn, because you can no longer trust the book. If you get an answer wrong, was it your mistake or is the book wrong? If you get it right, can you be sure that the book was correct and that you're not learning something incorrectly? I considered contacting the publishers regarding this, but no contact details for customer service are given in the book nor the Teach Yourself and H&S websites.
In summary it gave me a decent start in the language and did allow me to start speaking confidently in simple situations such as taxis and restaurants when I arrived (about half-way through the book). If you plan a holiday in Indonesia, it will probably be sufficient. If you want to learn Indonesian fluently, it is a reasonable start but don't expect too much and do consider looking for other, more reliable titles.
It is perhaps a little too early to give a full review, but so far I am very happy the way it is presented.
I find it very clear and informative and using it together with the CDs, I have found I am learning fast. What I like of the CD version is that they not only start saying the words and sentences at a slow pace, but also then repeat it as it would be spoken at normal speed. They also encourage you to rehearse and rehearse and to keep listening so that you may confidently understand an Indonesian and speak at the normal spoken speed.
I also suggest you purchase a dictionary, for instanceTuttle Concise Indonesian Dictionary: Indonesian-English English-Indonesian (Dictionary) as a phrase book is not sufficient if you want to learn more words.
The phrasebook by Lonely Planet 'Indonesian' is handy to tuck inside your hand luggage (keep on studying on the plane to while away those long hours) Indonesian (Lonely Planet Phrasebook)
Untung-untung! [good luck!]
Ofcourse nothing can replace a personal teacher or someone in your social circle that is a native indonesian speaker to help you with certain questions that you just can't learn from a book.
Also for non native English speakers (like me) this book is very clearly written and uses simple straightforward language.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! However, it would be nice if the audio files were supplied as MP3 on a Pen drive, rather than the files being on CD's.Published on 27 Oct. 2014 by Neil Whitcombe