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Indonesian Grammar in Context Volume 1

Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia

Ellen Rafferty, Molly F. Burns, and Shintia Argazali-Thomas

Publication Year: 2014

Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia (It’s Cool to Speak Indonesian) provides beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners with an introduction to the basic grammatical structures of Indonesian in three richly illustrated volumes. Although numerous varieties of Indonesian exist throughout the archipelago, the authors use a relaxed, conversational style of Indonesian acceptable for interethnic communication among educated native speakers and commonly used in the media. Students engage in task-based activities set in real-life situations as they speak and write in Indonesian, thus acquiring grammatical accuracy while immersing themselves in the cultural context.

Each lesson revolves around a grammatical construction presented in a conversation, narrative, or letter. Online recordings are available, allowing students to reinforce the learning of the grammatical forms. Lessons first offer the student the opportunity to see and hear the grammar in use, then to practice the grammatical form, and finally to read an explanation of the grammatical rule in English. Numerous illustrations and photographs aid in learning the language and culture without excessive use of translation. In addition, cultural notes at the end of each lesson allow students to explore the relationship between language use and socio-cultural values and customs.

Published by: University of Hawai'i Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xvi

This text, Indonesian Grammar in Context: Asyik Berbahasa Indonesia, provides the beginning and intermediate-level language learner with contextualized presentations of basic Indonesian grammatical structures followed by exercises. The text is based on the pedagogy of the communicative language teaching approach, which promotes the value of communicative practice for...

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Chapter 1: Ratih Tinggal di Yogyakarta

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pp. 1-36

The city of Yogyakarta, situated in Central Java at the foot of Mount Merapi, is an important cultural and educational center of Java. This large sprawling city is home to rich artistic traditions of dance, gamelan music, wayang (puppet) shows, and batik making. One important center of the traditional arts, which sponsors performances of wayang and dances, is the Kraton Yogyakarta Hadiningrat (the Yogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace). This palace was built in 1756 and is currently the...

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Chapter 2: Ratih di Kampus

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pp. 37-78

Classroom etiquette in Indonesian universities reflects national cultural values and customs but also varies from region to region across the archipelago. In general, students show respect for and deference to their teachers in a number of ways. One manner of expressing this respect is by the language used between student and teacher. For example, although a teacher may use the imperative form as a request to a student, a student would use a more indirect request form when addressing a teacher. See the examples below...

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Chapter 3: Kegiatan Sehari-hari Fifi

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pp. 79-126

Common daily routines vary across the archipelago, reflecting the diversity of social, cultural, and physical environments of Indonesia. In this tropical country, most people rise early, beginning their day before the heat becomes intense. Schools and workplaces often open at 7 AM. In small towns, workers usually return home for a midday meal and find time for a rest and a shower before continuing their workday. In large cities, if travel time is too great to return home or...

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Chapter 4: Ratih Mengunjungi Imogiri

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pp. 127-160

Imogiri is a sacred graveyard built by Sultan Agung in the 1640s for the Mataram royal family; it is situated atop a hill about 20 kilometers south of Yogyakarta, Central Java. Sultan Agung chose the location on top of a hill because he enjoyed going there to meditate. To the left of the graves for the Mataram kings is the burial place for the sultans of Solo, and to the right is the burial place for the sultans of Yogyakarta. Visitors making a pilgrimage to Imogiri climb the 345 steps...

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Chapter 5: Pak Mukijan Menerima Surat

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pp. 161-194

Many upper- and middle-class families hire some domestic help. Domestic workers commonly are responsible for tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing clothes, caring for young children, gardening, or being a chauffeur. The domestic help may live in or come daily to work at the house.
It is considered generous of a family to hire domestic help because generally the hiring family takes on responsibility for the welfare of the worker’s family. Thus, the employer pays for the educational and health care expenses of the worker and...

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Chapter 6: Mengadakan Selamatan

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pp. 195-236

A selamatan is a ceremonial meal with roots in pre-Islamic Java. Today, the selamatan is celebrated by those of all faith communities to seek blessings for events such as a birth, death, wedding, circumcision, or graduation. A selamatan may also be celebrated to seek blessings for a journey, a new house, or a new job...


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pp. 237-248

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E-ISBN-13: 9780824840099
Print-ISBN-13: 9780824834784

Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 877907907
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  • Indonesian language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English.
  • Indonesian language -- Grammar -- Problems, exercises, etc.
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