Learning Bahasa Indonesia
Answers To Your Most
Frequently Asked Questions
IS LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA (LSI) AN LEGITIMATE LANGUAGE SCHOOL?
Yes. Founded in 2007, LSI is a unique Department of Education School, licensed by the government to provide specialised programs in Bahasa Indonesia (the Indonesian language).
LSI is recognised as Indonesia's leading school for the study of Bahasa Indonesia, and our programs have received multiple awards from Indonesia's Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF LSI'S INSTRUCTORS?
At LSI, we devote more time and effort to the recruitment and development of world-class Language Instructors than we do any other aspect of our operation.
LSI’s faculty is comprised wholly of university-accredited Language Instructors, all of whom are fully trilingual, speaking English, an Indonesian local language, and, of course, Bahasa Indonesia.
DOES LSI PROVIDE "PRIVATE INSTRUCTION" OR DO I NEED TO JOIN A CLASS?
ALL LSI INSTRUCTION IS DELIVERED THROUGH PRIVATE TUTORIAL SESSIONS.
Private Sessions may be delivered to individuals or to small collegial groups/families (2 to 4 learners).
Private instruction allows for highly customised language training, designed to meet the specific needs of an individual learner (or small group of learners).
If extremely rapid language acquisition is the goal, then LSI's Private Tutorial Sessions are the obvious choice.
WHERE DO I STUDY?
If you live in Jakarta or are a visitor to Jakarta, you may study . . .
1. ONSITE AT YOUR LOCATION
Your Instructor will come to you
* at your office or home (if you are a local expat)
* at your hotel or guesthouse (if you are a visitor).
2. AT LSI FACILITY IN JAKARTA
Jalan RS. Fatmawati Nomor 28D
Cipete Selatan, Cilandak
Jakarta Selatan 12430, Indonesia
CAN I STUDY ONLINE?
Yes! Regardless of where you live, you may set up . . .
Teacher-Led Online Sessions with an accredited Instructor from LSI in Jakarta.
Online Sessions are face-to-face (with the use of webcam), and the course content is identical to what is taught at our Jakarta school.
HOW LONG IS EACH TUTORIAL SESSION?
Online Sessions are 45 and 90 minutes.
Live In-Person Sessions (in Jakarta) are 90 minutes.
CAN I ESTABLISH MY OWN SESSION SCHEDULE?
Yes. LSI students design their own Weekly Session Schedules, studying as intensively as they wish - from 2 sessions per week to 2 sessions per day.
If you are not able to commit to a fixed Weekly Session Schedule, you may purchase Session Credits and schedule your sessions on a week-to-week basis.
SESSIONS MAY BE SCHEDULED:
Monday to Friday between 9am and 9pm;
Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 6pm.
CAN I CANCEL AND RESCHEDULE SESSIONS WHEN I'M BUSY?
Yes. You may cancel and reschedule a session by notifying LSI by email or WhatsApp, one business day prior to the session,
no later than 4pm (Jakarta time).
The number of sessions you are allowed to reschedule depends on the Weekly Session Schedule you set up.
See STUDY IN JAKARTA and STUDY ONLINE for details.
Beyond the "allowable reschedules" of your chosen Weekly Session Schedule, all cancelled sessions are charged as sessions delivered.
IS THERE A "PLACEMENT TEST" FOR NON-BEGINNERS?
Yes. If you have had previous experience with Bahasa Indonesia, you will complete LSI's PRE-PROGRAMME ASSESSMENT.
This will enable us to customise your program based on your needs, and not waste time covering material you have already mastered.
WILL I RECEIVE REGULAR TESTS AND BE "CERTIFIED" FOR MY PROGRESS?
If you are studying live in-person in Jakarta, your tutorial sessions will be 90 minutes and every 13th session of your Language Program will serve as an Assessment Checkpoint.
If you are studying Online, your tutorial sessions may be 90 minutes or 45 minutes.
If your Online sessions are 90-minutes, every 13th session will serve as an Assessment Checkpoint.
If your Online sessions are 45-minutes, every 26th session will serve as an Assessment Checkpoint.
During these sessions, your Instructor will have you complete a number of specific tasks designed to establish your language proficiency, then issue a Written Evaluation of how much you have developed since your previous Assessment.
Certificates of Completion are issued at key points along the way.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY WITH LSI?
THE COST OF YOUR TUTORIAL SESSIONS WILL DEPEND ON
* the number of learners in your Program;
* the Weekly Session Schedule you set up; and
* whether you are studying Online or in Jakarta.
For pricing details:
See STUDY IN JAKARTA and STUDY ONLINE
WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT TERMS?
STUDYING IN JAKARTA
After you have enrolled and we have agreed on your Weekly Session Schedule, we will send you an Invoice for Session Credits.
1. Make a minimum purchase of 1 Session Package (13 Session Credits)
2. Purchase 2 to 6 Packages at one time (26 sessions, 39 sessions, 52 sessions, 65 sessions or 78 sessions)
and receive BONUS SESSIONS for your larger purchase.
You will use your Session Credits for the Weekly Session Schedule you have set up.
LSI'S ONLINE PROGRAM IS SUBSCRIPTION-BASED.
After you have registered for a Monthly Subscription Plan, we will send you an Invoice for your first Subscription Fee.
Your Subscription Plan will begin on the date of your first session, and will be payable on the same date each month thereafter.
LSI HAS NO AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PROCEDURE! You will be invoiced monthly for your Subscription Fees.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept payment by:
1. CREDIT CARTD (VISA and MASTERCARD)
A Secure Payment Link will be sent by email.
2. Bank Transfer
PT. Language Studies Indonesia
BANK CENTRAL ASIA (BCA)
Branch : KCP Fatmawati
Address : Jalan RS. Fatmawati 1
Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12340
Account Number : 071 301 2049
SWIFT Code : CENAIDJA
DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?
LSI DOES NOT OFFER DISCOUNTS
However, there are ways to bring down your study costs!
1. BOOK A FREE TRIAL SESSION
To schedule a No-Obligation Trial Lesson just click BOOK A FREE TRIAL SESSION
2. EARN BONUS SESSIONS
Purchase multiple Session Packages at one time to earn BONUS SESSIONS.
See STUDY IN JAKARTA
CAN I HAVE A FREE TRIAL SESSION BEFORE I ENROLL?
Yes, of course!
To schedule a No-Obligation Trial Session just click BOOK A FREE TRIAL SESSION.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LANGUAGES IN INDONESIA. WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE TO LEARN BAHASA INDONESIA?
BAHASA INDONESIA IS THE SOLE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF INDONESIA.
With more than 750 native languages spoken across 17,000 islands, what unifies Indonesia is its single national language.
To be functional in the country, you must be able to communicate in Bahasa Indonesia.
WILL I LEARN "FORMAL" INDONESIAN OR EVERYDAY "STREET" LANGUAGE?
At LSI, we do not teach FORMAL INDONESIAN and we do not teach "SLANG INDONESIAN."
WE TEACH “STANDARD INDONESIAN," which is applicable in all situations – social and professional.
Slang Indonesian is something our local students will pick up “on the street” as they deal with vendors, parking attendants, etc.
The job of the School is to ensure you learn to communicate in Standard Indonesian, so you don't embarrass yourself by using “street language” in the everyday contexts of our life – at the office, at hotels and restaurants, at conferences, etc.
IS BAHASA INDONESIA AS EASY TO LEARN AS PEOPLE SAY?
IT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO MASTER SIMPLE CONVERSATION AT THE BEGINNER LEVEL.
Unlike other Asian languages, Bahasa Indonesia uses the Latin alphabet. Pronunciation is straightforward for English speakers (as it is not a tonal language like Chinese). And there are no verb tenses to be learned.
BUT DON'T BE DECEIVED. Standard Indonesian is as complex as any other language, and attaining true proficiency requires dedication and effort.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LEARN BAHASA INDONESIA?
THAT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU!!! You may be able to make considerable progress in just weeks, or you may still be struggling with the language after several months.
THE SPEED OF YOUR PROGRESS WILL BE DETERMINED BY 2 FACTORS:
1. THE INTENSITY OF YOUR STUDY SCHEDULE:
Of course, students who study with their Instructor 5 times per week will develop faster than students who study just 1 time per week. The more hours you spend studying the language during a concentrated period, the more rapidly you will progress.
2. YOUR WILLINGNESS TO USE THE LANGUAGE OUTSIDE OF YOUR TUTORIAL SESSIONS.
Language instruction alone will not lead to rapid language fluency. Students who develop their skills quickly are those who are willing to leave each language session and immediately begin USING THE LANGUAGE in their everyday lives.
As a result, the language they learn becomes permanently etched in their minds.
FOLLOW THIS FORMULA AND YOU WILL BECOME A PROFICIENT USER OF BAHASA INDONESIA IN MONTHS RATHER THAN YEARS.
WHERE IS LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA LOCATED?
LSI is located in Jakarta (the Capital of Indonesia).