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Indonesian Language

This is a selection of resources on Indonesian language available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you know of or come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so we can share them with our readers.

NLB print and digital resources

Pocket Indonesian dictionary: Indonesian-English, English-Indonesian

This simple dictionary is a quick guide to learning the Indonesian language. With simple phrases for essential navigation through the city to looking for accommodation, this handy dictionary is perfect for those just settling down in the country.

All rights reserved, Hong Kong: Periplus Editions, 2017.

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Melayu Betawi grammar

Betawi refers to the people of Batavia (present-day Jakarta) as well as their spoken language. Betawi has been incorporated into Jakarta’s vernacular, resulting in a slang that is used by both young and old. Get acquainted with the different Betawi phrases and words for everyday settings and impress your friends with your use of Betawi!

All rights reserved, Jakarta: Badan Penyelenggara Seri Nusa, Universitas Atma Jaya, 1980.

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Indonesian slang: Colloquial Indonesian at work

This book is a collection of Indonesian expressions, including proverbs, slang, quotes and acronyms, that offers a commentary of their origins, as well as insights into Indonesian culture, customs and history.

All rights reserved, Tokyo: Tuttle Pub., c2011.

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Survival Indonesian

This practical Indonesian phrasebook contains essential words and phrases for speaking Indonesian in any setting. Perfect for students, tourists or business people picking up Bahasa Indonesia, this book also contains a beginner’s guide to the Indonesian language, allowing for a deeper understanding of Bahasa Indonesia.

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Instant Indonesian: How to express 1,000 different ideas with just 100 key words and phrases

This is a quick guide to help learners pronounce Indonesian phrases correctly. From socialising to shopping to ordering food, Instant Indonesian equips readers with a basic level of language comprehension and the necessary skills to form their own sentences according to specific circumstances.

All rights reserved, Rutland, VT, USA: Tuttle Publishing, 2015.

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Practical Indonesian phrasebook: A communication guide

This phrasebook is designed especially for travellers or expats looking to settle in Indonesia, emphasizing effective communication, beyond basic grammar rules and tourist phrases.

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Kamus besar bahasa Indonesia (KBBI)

For those with an intermediate or advanced comprehension of Bahasa Indonesia, this online dictionary will come in handy for writing business proposals, drafting emails and much more.

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