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Let's Speak Indonesian Volume 2

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. xi-xii

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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 functions...

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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: Antar Tetangga

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pp. 1-22

Shortly after new neighbors move in next door, Dian’s servant suggests that the son in the family would be a good catch for Dian or Pingkan. The next day, the mother in the family pays a visit to Dian’s house with a gift of some food. Later, Pingkan, who lives in Dian’s house, asks if Dian would like to contribute to an upcoming neighborhood event...

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Chapter 2: Berbelanja untuk Hari Raya

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pp. 23-48

This unit describes a day in the life of a housewife in Indonesia who is preparing for Idul Fitri, an Islamic religious holiday at the end of the fasting month. Dian’s mother, Bu Rosi, goes to a mall to buy a kopiah, a cap, for her husband. The store has sold out of this item because of the high demand for kopiah at this time of year. Later Bu Rosi goes to her neighbor’s house to order...

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Chapter 3: Di Desa

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pp. 49-72

During semester vacation, Dian visits her grandmother in a small village in Tuban, East Java. She enjoys the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of the area that gives her a refreshing break from the bustle of city life. From Tuban, Dian goes to visit her cousin Tole, who lives on the north coast of Java. Having worked as a fisherman with his father for quite some time, Tole is now ready to sail at...

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Chapter 4: Kerja Sama Orang Desa

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pp. 73-96

Teguh and his colleagues who are members of the nongovernmental organization (NGO) Bina Tani go to Yogyakarta to attend an agricultural training session. Following the training session, they stay in the village of Sukajadi for a few days to participate in a volunteer program that offers services to the rural community. Teguh and his friends help the villagers develop agricultural and...

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Chapter 5: Persoalan Kota

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pp. 97-116

Dian becomes acquainted with Budi, one of the street children from whom she regularly buys the daily newspaper. She learns why some children like Budi prefer to live on the street rather than with their families. She notices that some of the attitudes of the street children are different from those of children raised in homes where there is social and economic stability...

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Chapter 6: Pernikahan

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pp. 117-140

Teguh and Dian have been dating for a number of years; they are now ready to make a more serious commitment to each other. They discuss their intention to marry with Dian’s parents and ask for her parents’ blessings. Dian and Teguh hope to get married soon after they graduate...

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Chapter 7: Sepuluh Tahun Kemudian

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pp. 141-162

Ten years have passed. Teguh and his college friends have organized a reunion for the graduates of the Agricultural Institute of Bogor (Institut Pertanian Bogor; IPB). Pingkan, who now works in the United States, is able to come because she is traveling for her work. During the reunion, some of the alumni decide that it would be a good idea to make a contribution to their alma mater...


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pp. 163-186

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E-ISBN-13: 9780824840136
Print-ISBN-13: 9780824834807

Publication Year: 2014

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