Is Learning Indonesian worth it?
|“Why should I learn bahasa?” and “Is learning Indonesian really
worth it?” are only few of the questions we hear from non-Indonesian speaking people who live in Indonesia. They happen to stay in Indonesia for some reasons, either it is because they have been hired to work in one of a multi national companies in Indonesia, or because they are housewives and children who are following their husbands and fathers who are working in Indonesia, or even some seasonal tourists who like to visit Indonesia many times.It is widely known that there are NO many Indonesian people who can communicate in English well, including those who are supposed to be able to speak in English, such as shop assistants, office boys and girls, drivers, and others who have to interact with people around them most of the time. Most of these people have learned how to speak English during school and yet they don’t really know how to communicate with a foreigner using the proper English language. So there is no other choice for the expatriates here trying to learn bahasa. It is the only way for them to be able to communicate with the Indonesian people.
Is Learning Indonesian Easy?
Learning Indonesian might seem a hassle at the beginning. You’ll have to memorize some mostly used vocabularies and try to implement that in daily conversation. But as soon as you start your lesson, you’ll find out just how easy the language is! I’m not exaggerating here. Indonesian language or bahasa Indonesia is one of the easiest languages in the world. It is simply because there is hardly any grammar in the language itself, especially if you want to learn bahasa only to enable you to communicate with the local people.
If you want to interact with the local people, especially if you want to be part of them or want to know their culture, or at least, just to be able to communicate with the Indonesian people, learning Indonesian is the first step you must do when you first step your feet in Indonesia. It’s really worth it.
After reading this post you might also be interested in reading my other post on how to learn bahasa.