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Let's Speak Indonesian Volume 1

Ayo Berbahasa Indonesia

Ellen Rafferty, Erlin Barnard, and Lucy Suharni

Publication Year: 2014

Ayo Berbahasa Indonesia (Let’s Speak Indonesian) provides beginning and intermediate learners with an introduction to conversational Indonesian. Using a relaxed variety of standard Indonesian spoken among educated native speakers, it offers fifteen thematically-based chapters in two volumes that are rich with photographs, illustrations, and cultural explanations.

The volumes take the novice learner to the intermediate-high level while following a set of fictional students through their university studies. Each lesson presents four to six language functions (e.g., how to greet a stranger, introduce oneself, ask for directions, apologize, offer a suggestion) in socially appropriate contexts. Students begin with the language functions needed to communicate about self, family, and the immediate environment; later lessons expand to topics about the community and broader social issues.

Each lesson offers the following: a list of language functions in Indonesian and English, a dialogue (and online recording) exemplifying the language functions taught in the lesson, structured activities to develop accuracy using the language functions, open-ended tasks to develop fluency in communicative events, a vocabulary list with English definitions, and cultural notes. Each volume concludes with a glossary of vocabulary items introduced in the text.

Published by: University of Hawai'i Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-x


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pp. xiii-xviii

Let’s Speak Indonesian: Ayo Berbahasa Indonesia is an introductory text that guides the learner from the novice to the intermediate-high level of Indonesian oral proficiency skills using the communicative approach. The communicative pedagogical framework results in a text that is designed for in-class use, not for individual (self) study. Each lesson teaches several language...

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Tips for Teachers and Students

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pp. xix-xxii

The suggestions below represent a combination of general principles from the authors and tips from teachers and students who have used these materials. We hope that these suggestions are valuable to users of the book, whether they are teachers or students...

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Chapter 1: Di Rumah Kos

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pp. 1-24

In this chapter you will be introduced to Teguh, a new college student studying at the Institut Pertanian Bogor (Agricultural Institute of Bogor), a university in Bogor, West Java. He has just moved to Bogor from Jakarta and now lives in a boardinghouse owned by his aunt Bu Lani. A caring and friendly hostess, Bu...

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Chapter 2: Keluarga dan Teman-Teman

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pp. 25-50

As Dian and Teguh get to know each other, they learn about each other’s family backgrounds. At first Dian finds out about who will be coming to visit Teguh in Bogor; and then Dian and Teguh socialize with classmates in the campus cafeteria and chat about their classes. Teguh wonders whether Dian can speak the language of her grandmother, who is of European ancestry...

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Chapter 3: Tinggal di Bogor

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pp. 51-76

Mark, a native English speaker, is a guest in Teguh’s English class. After class, Teguh chats with Mark about where he is from and how he likes Indonesia. The two decide to go out shopping and then to get something to eat. Mark enjoys the opportunity to go out and have some authentic Indonesian cuisine as well as to expand his limited vocabulary about food...

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Chapter 4: Kegiatan Teguh

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pp. 77-104

Teguh has a busy social life with old and new friends. In this chapter we see that he goes to a movie with Adi and Dian and accompanies his friend Satrio to a job interview at the company Perusahaan Maju. On another day, he takes Mark shopping to a traditional fruit market where Mark learns the names of some tropical fruit and how to bargain in Indonesia. Mark is happy to have a...

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Chapter 5: Pergaulan Mahasiswa

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pp. 105-130

In this chapter, Dian and her friend Pingkan are shopping at the bookstore when they happen to see Pingkan’s friend Toni. While chatting, Dian and Toni discover that they are both from same hometown. Later, Toni suggests that they all go out to a movie sometime soon. After going out to a movie, Toni, Pingkan, and Dian eat at a restaurant; thus they have ample time to get to...

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Chapter 6: Rencana ke Luar Kota

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pp. 131-156

Teguh and his friends are going to Solo to participate in an arts festival for college students. At their meeting to make plans and itineraries, they discuss what to do during their free time after they have performed at the festival. Teguh suggests going to a wayang performance, but Dian recommends going to a market...

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Chapter 7: Jatuh Sakit

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pp. 157-180

Although Pingkan has a fever and is nauseous, she has not gone to see a doctor because she is worried about her upcoming exam and doesn’t want to miss class. Dian urges Pingkan to go to the clinic and recommends that she see Dr. Budiman, Dian’s family doctor. Pingkan decides to contact the clinic and make an appointment. After seeing the doctor, she is relieved to find out...

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Chapter 8: Omong-omong Selama Perjalanan

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pp. 181-202

After finishing their performance in the arts festival, Teguh and his friends go to watch a wayang show at the Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (Indonesian School of Arts) in Solo. The rental bus is late to pick them up because of a traffic jam. On the bus ride, Satrio and Pingkan chat about places where Pingkan has lived and what their career aspirations are after graduation...


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pp. 203-218

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E-ISBN-13: 9780824840112
Print-ISBN-13: 9780824834791

Publication Year: 2014

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  • Indonesian language -- Spoken Indonesian -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English.
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