Indonesian is a language spoken in Indonesia and is a working language in East Timor. Around 250 million people speak Indonesian as a first language. It belongs to the Malay family of languages. Commonly called Bahasa Indonesia [‘the language of Indonesia’].
Included is a selection of novels set in Indonesia, for teenagers and older students. They are designed to develop an understanding of Indonesian life and culture and how people in Australia relate to this.
This page gives access to online courses, Indonesian/English/Indonesian dictionaries, vocabulary activities, tutorials, podcasts & blogs, current events, cultural information, grammar, free and fee-based software, other resources and information.
- Beginning Indonesian [Bahasa]
Linked to a Canadian University’s courses. All in Indonesian and uses lessons to enhance Indonesian course learning. Not updated for some time but still good.
- Indonesian Language Course
Lessons, grammar, texts, appendices at multiple levels. Wikibooks.
- Indonesian Online
‘Dedicated to promoting the Indonesian language. We have by far the best language learning materials from the beginner up to the most advanced level’.
- Learn Indonesian Online
‘How to learn Indonesian by yourself ? Start with an easy and free online course’.
- Peace Corps Bahasa Indonesia
3 downloadable books in PDF format.
- Linguanaut - Learn Indonesian
‘We offer free Indonesian [Bahasa] lessons online, from Phrases, Alphabet, Numbers, Adjectives, Prepositions, Verbs, Vocabulary used in Indonesia’.
- Cinta Bahasa
Indonesian Language School Online
Bali, Indonesia. ‘We can arrange an online course, with a live teacher for you’.
- Indonesian Language Courses
‘Our Indonesian lessons are ideal for adult learners who want to learn materials that are relevant to their communication needs from their very first lesson. Practice speaking and listening with your dedicated instructor simulating various professional and social scenarios’.
Indonesian course that is online through Skype. Multiple packages available.
- Language Studies Indonesia
‘LSI’s e-learning [distance learning] Program delivers world-class Indonesian lessons online’.
- Learn Indonesian Language Online
Multiple packages and fee options. Some material to try before you buy.
- Learn Indonesian with Bintang Bahasa
‘If you want to learn Indonesian you’ve come to the right place. We have material to help you learn Indonesian quickly and easily’.
- Indonesian Tutorial Index
Multiple sections. Introduction, vocabulary, grammar, the alphabet, basic phrases, more.
- BelajarIndonesia : Indonesian Alphabet
‘There are 26 letters in the Indonesian alphabet. Don’t worry, there won’t be any unfamiliar letters in the Indonesian alphabet but you still have to work on the pronunciation’. 3min.42sec. Links to related videos.
- Indonesian Alphabet [Audio]
- Guide to
Pronunciation of Indonesian
‘Unlike English, Indonesian is relatively consistent in matching sounds to spellings, but there are some exceptions to this, and there are several sounds that are tricky for English- speakers.’. Audio files included.
Alphabet Pronunciation Guide
‘Follow along with this short and easy video to practice your Indonesian pronunciation’.
- Indonesian Lessons - The
Overview, some audio files, pronunciation. Links to other Indonesian lessons. Wikibooks
- Notes on Pronunciation
Done alphabetically, with examples.
- English-Indonesian Dictionary
Provided online by bab.la. You can also access a reverse Indonesian-English Dictionary from the same group here.
Works to and from Indonesian. Gives several options for the selection in the other language.
- Indonesian/English Dictionary
- Indonesian English
Uses ‘Selected Indonesian English dictionaries with an unusual linguistic match and a large database which will certainly satisfy the most demanding users involved in the two languages’.
- Indonesian Language Dictionary
Indonesian to English and reverse.
Online dictionary. Downloadable version at Kamus Dictionary.
- Hidden Pics -
Apple, Not Free. ‘Hidden Pics Indonesian is a word-game designed for second language learners of Indonesian’.
- Indonesian Master
Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘A useful language learning app with various situational Q & A styled expressions for daily conversation’.
- Learn Indonesian 6 000
Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘6 000 words with images to illustrate words, phonetic transcriptions and pronunciation recordings by native speakers’.
- Learn Indonesian -
Phrasebook for Travel
Apple, Free; In-app purchases. ‘An easy to use mobile Indonesian phrasebook that will give a good start in the language’.
- Learning Indonesian Basic
Audio Language Lessons
Apple, Free. ‘Study 20 high quality audio Indonesian lessons’.
- Nemo Indonesian
Apple, Free; In-app purchase. ‘The most essential words and phrases of the language, each with native speaker audio’.
‘A simple offline English-Indonesian and Indonesian-English dictionary application. This will help people search words and get the meaning quickly. It already supports audio pronunciation’.
- Free Online Flashcards
About 3 000 flashcards from English to Indonesian, grouped under several headings. Links to fee-based flashcard resources.
‘More than 500 free Indonesian games and activities’.
- Indonesian [Bahasa Indonesia]
Introduction, the alphabet, pronunciation, further resources.
Cram.com. Select from an extensive collection of flashcards created by others.
- Language Learning Section
Multiple options grouped under Language Analysis, Vocabulary Building, Miscellaneous. 24 sections in all.
- Language Learning Space
‘The Language Learning Space has been custom-designed for language teachers and students’. Indonesian is one of the languages.
You need to be able to log in to access this site [Scootle for staff].
- Languages Online
DET, Victoria. ‘Make your own interactive tasks’. Multiple languages including Indonesian.
- Siaran Radio Australia - Bahasa
Practise your Indonesian Skills.
- Useful and Usable
‘This book is for English speakers who want to learn to communicate in Bahasa Indonesia / Indonesian language from scratch but do not have much time. All vocabulary and grammatical information are presented in simple stages so that learners can start using them straight away’. Fee-based.
- Indonesian Grammar
Use sections from the menu - Adverbs to Prepositions, more.
- Indonesian Grammar
Introduction to Grammar, Grammar Bank, About Indonesian Verbs.
- Indonesian Grammar [Langhub.com]
7 sections covering grammatical types.
- Indonesian Grammar with Exercises
Exercises with Answer Keys. Available in PDF and Word formats.
- Basic Greetings and Vocabulary
Percakapan Dasar dan Kosa Kata. ‘Click on files to listen to the sounds’.
- Digital Dialects : Indonesian
‘Free games for learning languages. Includes phrases, greetings, numbers, animals, colours, vocabulary builders’.
- English-Indonesian Vocabulary Quizzes
‘Quizzes to Help You Learn and Review Vocabulary’.
- Indonesian Vocabulary
Words with English translations. Games using selections from these.
- LingvoSoft Online PhraseBook
15 sub-directories covering the Basics to Calling Police and Sightseeing.
DET, Victoria. Learning and teaching resources. Educational kits and online resources.
‘Indonesian language online resource’.
- Childrens Library
7 books for young children. Click on chosen book; click on “Read this Book”; select “Indonesian” from choices at top centre; click on first page, then use arrows to move between pages.
- Indonesian 101
‘Designed as a starting point for people who want to learn more about the Indonesian language’. Use the menu on the left for individual sections.
Dance, Music, Arts, Religion, People.
- Culture of Indonesia
‘History, people, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social’.
- The History of Indonesian Puppet Theatre [Wayang]
Overview, related resources, videos, lessons.
- The Wayang Puppet Theatre
‘Renowned for its elaborate puppets and complex musical styles, this ancient form of storytelling originated on the Indonesian island of Java’. 5min 35sec. Links to similar videos.
The novels listed are designed for students in the teenage years and adults. They cover many topics, but all are set in various parts of Indonesia and feature easy to understand characters. While needing to be assessed for your students, they could be used to expand an understanding of life and culture in Indonesia and how people in Australia relate to this. Where possible, links are to the specific book information on an author’s pages, or specific books are noted in the link provided. The author’s name is provided with each link.
- Cut Loose
Lucy Chesser. ‘A novel for young adults [15+]. It is set in Sumatra, Indonesia and follows the adventures of two young Australian brothers, Ethan, 14 and Jon, 19. It successfully evokes the rich texture of life in Indonesia : the everyday lives of the people who inhabit the land, drenching torrential rains, tropical rainforests, chaotic transport, Padang restaurants, the tourist industry, housing and more’.
- Escaping Paradise
Warren Flynn. ‘Escaping Paradise follows the adventures of Nikita Scoperta, a Perth teenager visiting Bali with her mother. Their package tour to Nusa Dua quickly degenerates into a holiday in hell when Nicki is kidnapped by political activists. A terrifying journey across the island of Java ensues, taking the reader through a cross-section of contemporary Indonesian culture, seen through Nicki’s eyes’.
- Indo Dreaming
Neil Grant. ‘Indo Dreaming is a vivid and enigmatic novel for anyone who has the spirit of travel wedged in their soul. Grant’s ability to take the reader into the wild and foreign Indonesia is a delight’.
- Senior Novels
Allan Baillie. Two novels relate to Indonesia. They are “Treasure Hunters” and “Saving Abbie”. Each is detailed on this site, with descriptors giving a summary of each novel, any awards, other items of information. Also try “Krakatoa Lighthouse”. Biography and book list available here.
- Steve Tolbert Novels
This author has two novels that relate to Indonesia. They are “Escape to Kalimantan” and “Surfing for Wayan and Other Stories”. Each is provided with a good summary of the storyline. Also try “O’Leary, JI Terrorist Hunter”. These can be found by scrolling down the site page.
- The Tiger
Sophie Masson. ‘The Tiger is a novel set in Java, the main island of Indonesia. Combining realistic description, mystery and the supernatural, it is a rich and complex novel. Nick and his family travel to Java for holidays and also to see where his father was born : and get caught up in a mystery whose roots go back thirty years before, to the troubled ’60’s in Indonesia. This novel, which has been very popular and widely reviewed, gives an interesting picture of Javanese culture, life and history’.
‘View curated digital resources that gather together Asia-related web links relevant to year-level content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum : Languages - Indonesian’. Multiple links to further resources and information.
- Indonesian 
Extensive collection, in several sections, of briefly annotated links.
- Indonesian Children’s Games
‘The toys and the games that are described below are commonly seen and played by Indonesian children’.
- Indonesian Internet Sites
National Library of Australia. Links for Arts & Culture, Education, Government, regional areas, law, more. While not language, they establish an understanding of the country and its culture.
- Indonesian Language Links Database
Grammar & pronunciation, Digitised Grammar Books, Indonesian Vocabulary, Vocabulary-related [and Digitised] Ebooks, Indonesian Reading Materials, Indonesian Dictionaries, Digitised Dictionaries, Indonesian Listening and Video Resources. All links briefly annotated.
- Why Study Indonesian ?
Australia-Indonesia Youth Association. ‘If you’re interested in something different or looking to get ahead in the Asian century, Indonesian is one of your best options. We’ve put together the five main reasons we think Indonesian is a great language to learn’.
Podcasts, Blogs, Videos
- Indonesian Language Guide
Get the Podcast or download the new app.
- Learning Indonesian
‘Your fun and easy way to learn the Indonesian language at your own pace’. Free and fee-based material. Be sure to choose the one you want.
- Radio.net Learning Indonesian
‘This English podcast teaches the Indonesian language online’.
- SBS Podcasts
‘Podcast of news stories, sports, entertainment’, more.