Reviews of Indonesian Course in Jakarta & Online
Reviews of Indonesian Language School in Jakarta.
Language Course Reviews
LANGUAGE PROGRAM REVIEWS
FOR BAHASA INDONESIA COURSE
in Jakarta, Indonesia
Why study with
LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA
High-quality English-language instruction has long been available to Indonesians living in Jakarta.
But those seeking 'Indonesian language training' have generally had to settle for inconsistent instruction through private individuals, or study with English-language schools offering informal Indonesian language courses.
In 2007, we set about to change all that. We founded LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA with one singular mission : to develop and implement an internationally-recognised Bahasa Indonesia curriculum - a curriculum comprising the world's best practices in modern language education.
Rahdian Saepuloh | Co-Founder & Director
We are proud to have introduced to Indonesia an international standard of Bahasa Indonesia education which has never-before been available . . . and now, through the LSI ONLINE OUTREACH PROGRAM, this education is also accessible to learners all over Indonesia and in 122 countries worldwide.
If you're seeking serious Bahasa Indonesia training and rapid language acquisition (in Jakarta or online worldwide),
please look no further than LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA! We look forward to serving you.
Today, LSI is known around the globe as "The Bahasa Indonesia School," and, in 2016, 2018 and 2019, LSI's
Certificate Program in Bahasa Indonesia was recognised as the BEST EDUCATION PROGRAM OF
THE YEAR by Indonesia's Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education.
Desmond Breau | Co-Founder & Program Coordinator
LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA is Indonesia's Leading School for Indonesian language studies. Indeed, it is the only educational institution in Jakarta devoted exclusively to the study of Bahasa Indonesia.
We attribute our success and market-position entirely to our people. LSI’s “product” is its teaching faculty! And, given this fact, we devote more time and effort to the recruitment and development of world-class Indonesian Instructors than we do any other aspect of the School's operation.
The most common concern of incoming students is that their Instructor will "lack the leadership" to guide them to rapid fluency.
If you have such concerns, please put them to rest :
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 ;
Their credentials notwithstanding, all incoming Instructors are required to successfully complete 'LSI's Teacher Education Program' (which focuses on "effective adult coaching methods") before joining the faculty ; and
Throughout their tenures, Instructors are expected to attend Indonesian school conferences and pursue opportunities for professional development.
LSI’s careful selection process and ongoing development programs ensure that each student receives the highest possible level of Indonesian language education from a dynamic Instructor with proven teaching skills.
Whether you live Indonesia or the other side of the world, we hope we will have the opportunity of welcoming you to LSI's worldwide student-body in the weeks and months ahead.
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Language School Reviews
Ian Wilson | Switzerland
I am setting up some business in Jakarta and was staying for a couple of month in Hotel. I reached out to LSI to see if they could provide me some basic knowledge of Bahasa and as I am very busy with work I needed a tailored program and teacher attending my hotel.
I can only highly recommend LSI to anybody wanting to learn Bahasa. The program that was offered to me was excellent, the teachers were friendly and extremely talented and professional.
My knowledge of Bahasa has increased incredibly within 36 hours tutorial, thanks to Desmond, Monalisa and Meizar. For sure if I return to Jakarta I will contact LSI again for next steps.
Erica & Hideko Yokoyama | Japan
My daughter and I came to Jakarta in April, and my daughter started learning Bahasa from May, and I just started this month at LSI. Here's a mail I sent to LSI to express my appreciation・・・
Thank you very much for your assistance at the school. I really enjoyed the lessons everyday for 2 weeks. Actually, my friends were traveling around for this 2 weeks, but I was here studying Bahasa Indonesia.
I envied them a little, but I think it was the best choice I have ever done. For sure, we will go back to study Bahasa soon.
Well, Erika is having some Indonesian friends at school now, and seems enjoying her school life. And we both have more time to watch Indonesian TV pro, and try harder to communicate in Bahasa Indonesia out side.
All of changes in our life are brought from LSI.
Again, I would like to say, Terima kasih and sampai bertemu lagi.
Daniel Tranter | Australia
My experience with LSI has been fantastic. From first meeting Ibu Chitra and Ibu Mita at reception, who greeted me with warmth (and patience with my attempts at speaking Bahasa Indonesia) to all my learning experiences with various teachers - Ibu Tantry, Pak Greg, Ibu Ifa, Pak Maezar, Ibu Dian - they all conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism, but more importantly, they taught me skillfully and with passion for their job. They took an interest in my life and made me feel like I was a part of the LSI family.
After only a few lessons, I felt comfortable using the language outside the classroom, and the teaching methods ensured I was able to remember my vocabulary. I highly recommend learning Bahasa Indonesia with Language Studies Indonesia.
Monica Reyes | Philippines
I just finished the Beginner I course and am delighted with the whole experience.
Everyone in the LSI team was very professional and helpful.
Halfway through the course, I was already able to communicate well with the taxi drivers and order food--very helpful in a city like Jakarta! Definitely recommend this school. :)
Samantha Duffey Surface | United States
After living in Jakarta for one year I grew eager to learn how to converse more deeply with the locals I met. Since I worked in Jakarta I looked into many different programs that would be professional and accommodating to my schedule. LSI was better and beyond my expectations. I chose to do an immersion of two hour language classes everyday for two months and was very pleased with my progress.
The teachers became more like friends than simply teachers. They went above and beyond to help assist me in my learning by helping me engage and use my Bahasa outside of class. They would make notes during each lesson of things I needed to progress on, learning habits they were learning or anything they wanted to note so we could build on it. This was very impressive to me. I am back in my home country and my teachers are still working with me to continue my language learning.
I would fully recommend LSI for Jakarta language learners! I could not have been more thankful.
Daniel Stephen | Singapore
Never have I come across a language school as professional and dedicated to helping expats learn Bahasa Indonesia as LSI. My teacher Bapak Desmond has also been a true revelation. Over the course of the past three months he has not just been a passionate Bahasa tutor but rather has also become a mentor for me. Classes with him are always refreshing and at times enlightening.
Despite my short stay in Indonesia of 3 months for an internship, I was still able to cover level A2, B1 and even had a bit of spare time to cover some bonus content from level B2. All of this because Bapak Desmond encouraged me to push my limits. Now I take great pride in saying that I am a fairly effective speaker of the language.
Rest assured that joining LSI will be the best decision you can make to enhance your life here in Indonesia. In addition, if you are committed and work closely with them you can get great bang for buck as well.
Lilian Gatubu | Kenya
My son and I took the Foundations I course level. This was the best Christmas gift we have ever received! The course was excellent, beyond our expectations. The instructor was very good, very patient, yet firm with us, systematic and clear. We are excited that, within two weeks, we have some basic conversations in Bahasa Indonesia. The outside class activities (Batik making, cooking and Jakarta tour) were well organized and a good opportunity to practice the language in real life.
The weekend excursion to Pulau Macan was a memorable visit to the island during the Christmas weekend.
Our accommodation at Pesona Guesthouse was so welcoming and homely. We were excited to be part of the "the family" for two weeks.
We look forward to taking the next level with LSI. Thank you.
Abigail Carretas | United States
I am thankful that I am learning from Pak Aji and that I signed up with LSI. I really like how LSI is professional, friendly, and organized. I am an online learner because of Covid-19. I started in June from USA and still studying online in Indonesia. LSI and Pak Aji were both accommodating to the time difference.
My experience with Pak Aji and LSI have been great. Pak Aji has been very patient with me especially when I mix up the word structure. Pak Aji is professional and also has been like a friend, easy to talk with and can ask questions freely. I like when he asks me questions in Bahasa Indonesia about anything and so he makes me practice even more. He is very helpful, gives homework that I can handle and also challenges me with what I need to work on.
I have already been recommending LSI to my friends and acquaintances. I will continue to do so because I believe that LSI is a wonderful place to learn Bahasa Indonesia.
Abdallah Zubeidi | Malaysia
Firstly the application process and the feed back was wonderfully informative, it made it smooth to understand everything i needed to know, I got to Jakarta and studied 2 courses which have helped me a lot in learning the Indonesian language, I feel confident I can ask questions and understand the answers or vice versa, the teachers are wonderful and know how to work with the students, the material given is very organized and easy to skim through.
It was a good experience for me and a very quick and educational one, I would truly suggest LSI to anyone who would want to study the language, only thing now is for LSI to open up in other areas so that the students wouldn't be tied down to one certain area especially for international students. Terima kasih.
Peter Maccioni | Australia
I've thoroughly enjoyed studying with LSI over the past four months. They are clearly experts in their field. After having learnt two other languages via more formal teaching styles, Bu Tantry's flexible and fun approach to teaching means I look forward to every class and I'm learning far more quickly than if i studied at a language school or university in Australia. I've found the online-based classes to be very effective. It also means that I can do classes while I travel.
A friend recommended LSI to me and I would do the same to anyone looking for the quickest and most thorough to learn Indonesian.
Maruska Pinares | Peru
Highly recommended. They have great teachers, flexible schedules according to your needs. They did a great Job with me and after a short time I was ready to speak and understand the local language. They also provide print and online academic material, theres no way you cant learn with them, really amazing!
Aishah Brice | United Kingdom
I’ve been studying Indonesian with LSI for approximately five months and the progress has been crazy! I started the course learning in person then switched to online classes—LSI’s a programme accessible to anyone across the world.
Since starting, my Indonesian has noticeably improved. I’ve gone from knowing simple phrases to holding entire conversations with people my own age! This development is all thanks to LSI and my teacher, Yunisa, who ensures our sessions are just like meeting up with any other friend. Though the educational aspect is important, LSI also values the customer’s personal comfort—something rare in professional businesses. I’d definitely recommend LSI to anyone of any age with whatever reason wanting to learn Indonesian!
Abdullah Aldosari | Saudi Arabia
It is the best school for learning indonesian language, Really I am very lucky to find this school!
Carrlos Cuellar| United States
I have been living in Indonesia for almost four years. The first two years in Indonesia, I took Indonesian language courses at various language schools in Jakarta but I always found the courses focused on casual conversation and skills to get you by on a day to day basis.
I found most Bahasa Indonesia language schools in Jakarta focus very little on writing skills and foundations of grammar. Most of the Bahasa Indonesia language courses seem geared towards the casual student/expat passing by through Jakarta and are intended to only give you a quick exposure to the language. Enough to order your food in a restaurant, buy your groceries at the local supermarket, etc.
As I am based in Jakarta for business I was interested in learning the grammar well so I could take my Bahasa Indonesia to the next level and conduct more sophisticated conversations as well as communicating in writing in Bahasa Indonesia in a business setting.
LSI did just that! Teachers were really knowledgeable of the foundations of the grammar and adapted the course to my needs and schedule in a very flexible manner. Furthermore, I realized if I had started learning Bahasa Indonesia with LSI upon arrival to Jakarta it would have taken me half the time it took me with other schools to achieve the level of fluency needed to get by on a daily basis and hence, if desired and needed, build a platform for advanced Bahasa Indonesia skills.
If one is interested in learning Bahasa Indonesia well, LSI is definitely the best place I have found in Jakarta. Alternatively, if one is only interested in casually studying Bahasa Indonesia (maybe enough to get you by on a day to day basis and find the proper spot for your next weekend of surfing somewhere in Indonesia), studying with LSI will shorten significantly the time you will require to do so.
It is the only place I have found with the capacity to cover both the needs of casual learners as well as the needs of more serious students. Just make sure to explain the teachers what your goals are.
Shoura Zehetner-Hashemi | Austria
I have been living in Jakarta for almost 2,5 years and as I was working for an Embassy here it was expected from me to speak at least basic or intermediate Bahasa Indonesia (the formal language, not any kind of slang).
I was looking for professional language schools that would offer private language classes and I am really happy to have been able to find LSI and to study here.
My teacher, Ms. Dhara, was great! She was always on time, highly qualified, very motivated, kind and funny.
I enjoyed our sessions (twice a week) very much and I really started to admire the Indonesian language for its playfulness! In the end of my language cycle I was even able to read the paper (of course I needed a dictionary sometimes).
I recommend LSI Jakarta highly to everyone who is seriously interested in learning the Indonesian language. The teachers are qualified and disciplined, the administration is very well organised and the prices are sensible. Kudos to LSI Jakarta!
I have been taking Bahasa classes from Ibu Zafira of Language Studies Indonesia and it has been nothing short of exceptional. Ibu Zafira has been very patient and understanding through my learning sessions and tought me the foundation courses with lot of attention and detail. I have tried learning Bahasa Indonesia from other sources but never has it been so effective! The program courses are designed to the unique requirements and pace of learning of the individual and it is a very efficient way of learning a language. The classes are well paced and allows one to learn and apply the language in practice.
I can easily recommend LSI classes to anyone interested in learning the language as it provides great value for money. My sincere gratitude to Ibu Zafira and LSI for helping me pick up the language with so much of ease. Thank you.
Sarah Shaffer | United States
Ibu Zafira, Pak Fauzy, and Pak Meizar are all wonderful teachers, along with the rest of the incredibly kind staff. The patience and accommodation that each of the teachers bring is thoroughly felt throughout every session.
This business is flexible and welcoming to whatever needs you may be looking for. Whether you are just a beginner or already have some experience with the language, the well structured system will help you gain a new learning of knowledge quickly and efficiently.
They offer a well balanced mix of listening, writing, and speaking. I could not recommend this place of learning more to anyone who wants to learn Indonesian! These people are absolutely wonderful, and I thank every one them for all of their well wishes and amazing teaching abilities.
Hein Kiks | Netherlands
I'm 2,5 week into my 4 week immersion course. Got offered a job here and decided I needed to learn the language. These guys know what they are doing, they have a great and extensive program and I can't believe how quick I am picking up the language. All teachers are very polite, nice and patient and know their Bahasa Indonesian and English. Ibu Tantry, Ibu Dian and Pak Fauzy, thank you so much for the classes so far and the classes to come. Could not be happier!
Almost forgot, they use an app that you can use to study after classes and this really helped me a lot!
Steve D. | United States
I took introductory Bahasa Indonesia lessons from LSI online using video Skype and email. The method was surprisingly efficient and effective overall. The administration and teaching of the course was very professional and extremely comprehensive in approach.
Like another reviewer said, the teachers are patient, professional, friendly native Bahasa Indonesia speakers with good English language skills. This is very important to note, as I have taken other language courses elsewhere (French, for example), and this was not always the case.
LSI employs a variety of learning techniques that are quite structured yet allow for flexibility when needed.
Taking courses online are generally not as good as being in an actual live classroom, but the methods used by LSI come pretty close, especially considering I was more than 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) away! I very much recommend LSI to any foreigner who wants to learn Bahasa Indonesia.
Daniel Schuurman | Australia
I studied with LSI for three months earlier this year and was extremely impressed with the quality of teaching, and the care and commitment of their teachers to helping their students surpass their goals, enjoy the process of learning, and make new friends along the way. I was initially skeptical of taking online classes, but Bapak Greg’s technical knowledge of Indonesian grammar, and also his skilful ability to help me understand it, made our classes very beneficial to me.
The use of Skype and Google Docs for communication felt seemless, and I was appreciative of Pak Greg’s interest in pacing the class to my unique learning speed. I have studied multiple languages with very different schools, and I feel that LSI is one of the most dedicated and professional. I also really enjoyed the regular Sunday Potluck Brunches as a way to get to know other friendly teachers and staff, and to meet other students. And I also took the opportunity to take a one-day city tour with Pak Bayu, which was similarly professional and insightful.
I would recommend LSI to anyone who has an interest in studying Bahasa Indonesia, irrespective of their level or preferred teaching method. I hope one day to be able to return to LSI and continue learning with them. Thank you LSI! I hope to see you all again soon!
I have studied Bahasa Indonesia for 6 months three sessions a week, and I am really happy because I have improved a lot. Now I am able to write a text with more or less correctness and be able to develop a topic with certain security.
For me, being able to study online has been an opportunity, because in Ende, Flores island in Indonesia, it is difficult to follow a course regularly.
At LSI they are interested in the personal needs of the language and its future use; they also start from the previous knowledge that each one may have. It is true that you have to dedicate time to personal study, but that strengthens learning and allows you to advance.
Likewise, the school and the teachers are professionals in language teaching and dedicate themselves seriously and kindly to the students. Before signing up, I read the excellent recommendations that other students had made. Now I am the one who recommends this center.
Margo Arnold | Canada
I live in Toronto, Canada, and I recently took two Indonesian online courses with Language Studies Indonesia. I studied Bahasa Indonesia two evenings per week for 13 weeks, and completed LSI’s two Beginner levels (in preparation for a permanent move to Bali, Indonesia).
I’m so pleased that I chose Language Studies Indonesia to learn Bahasa Indonesia. These guys are amazingly organized and they are unbelievably good at what they do.
From my very first inquiry, their email responses were immediate and their instructions were clear. I never had a moment of stress when I was setting up my courses. They set up a free half-hour trial session before my first course even began (just to make sure we had a good internet connection), and I wasn't required to pay my tuition until they had confirmed that everything would work out well.
The Courses themselves were superb. The materials were systematic and logical, and my teacher was so kind and encouraging that I quickly became very confident. By the end of my Beginner I course, my teacher and I spoke only in Bahasa Indonesia - no English at all! By the end of my Beginner II course, I had really developed my speaking skills, and now I can’t wait to get to Indonesia and use my new language every day.
If you want to learn Bahasa Indonesia online, and you want to learn quickly, LSI is great. I highly recommend them. Everything they say about these guys is true! I wish them every success, and I look forward to studying with them further when I arrive in Indonesia.
Thanks for everything, LSI. You’re the best!
Firstly the application process and the feed back was wonderfully informative, it made it smooth to understand everything I needed to know, I got to jakarta and studied 2 courses which have helped me alot in learning the Indonesian language, I feel confident I can ask questions and understand the answers or vice verca, the teachers are wonderful and know how to work with the students, the material given is very organized and easy to skim through.
it was a good experience for me and a very quick and educational one, I would truly suggest LSI to anyone who would want to study the language, only thing now is for LSI to open up in other areas so that the students wouldnt be tied down to one certain area especially for international students. Terima kasih!
Andrea DiGiorgio | United Kingdom
I most highly recommend LSI for anyone who wants to learn Bahasa Indonesia! I live in Boston, where language study opportunities abound, but it was very difficult to find Indonesian lessons here.
I need Indonesian for my graduate field work, and stumbled upon LSI as an option. I took both Beginner modules by Skype online, and the experience was phenomenal! LSI takes advantage of several modes of learning, including speaking, writing (homework, and messaging during the lessons), and listening comprehension.
Pak Ian is an excellent instructor, he was very aware of points that I was missing, and able to help me understand through parallels in English. The lessons moved along at a perfect pace, and I feel that I gained tremendously from the LSI format.
I know several people who have taken Indonesian via local and abroad opportunities, and none have had the excellent experience that I had with LSI - I would definitely make LSI my first choice when investigating potential Bahasa classes.
I plan to take a refresher in person before I start my fieldwork!
Amal Kahwaji | Lebanon
Since I first started the communication with LSI in order to book my course, Ibu Anissa always showed a prompt and effective response.
Following an advanced intensive course, I was highly impressed with the teaching method adopted by LSI. My amazing teachers (Pak Bayu and Ibu Anila) were very supportive and very creative to give me a great challenging experience through a CUSTOMIZED CURRICULUM which meets my learning interests.
The dedication showed by Pak Bayu and Ibu Anila always succeeded to keep my class always active and brought me day by day into a higher level of challenge and proficiency, which supported my educational process and significantly improved my skills.
Learning Bahasa Indonesia with LSI made me longing to seek for more linguistic discoveries through the post advanced level that I have already started, and brought new language added values. I genuinely commend LSI for any Bahasa Indonesia’s learning seeker; a great investment and experience to be acquired at the VERY PROPER school.
Mike Wilding | United States
I took the Beginners 1 and 2 courses at Language Studies Indonesia and found the courses to be very clear and comprehensive.
The material was well presented, it moved forward at a good pace which was challenging but not so fast that it was hard to keep up. The printed course material that is given to each student was very well done and it is an excellent resource for continued study of the material.
My instructor Ibu Yuyun was prompt, friendly and conducted herself very professionally. She was well qualified to teach the course material, was always well prepared for class and made learning the material presented interesting and enjoyable. In addition she was always helpful in answering any questions I had.
From my experience I would highly recommend Language Studies Indonesia as an excellent beginner course in learning the Indonesian language. I hope to take LSI’s more advanced courses in the future.
Sarah Pavy| Australia
My experience with LSI was fantastic. Such a professional organisation, their responses to emails were immediate, thorough, so clear.
As a teacher of languages myself, I was slightly worried about getting a teacher who might not be very engaging - on the contrary, my teacher (Pak Bayu) was incredible.
I believe they hand-picked him based on my background and languages-learning experiences and needs. He was friendly, professional, had a great sense of humour. I felt completely at ease and my language skills improved enormously.
I hope to continue doing courses at a higher level, I would not consider doing this through any other organisation, I could not be more satisfied with my experiences of studying Bahasa Indonesia through LSI.
Tim Klappe | Netherlands
My wife and I have taken Bahasa Indonesia lessons from LSI since the day we arrived in Indonesia. We completed the full program.
The lessons took place at home. The teachers are patient, professional, friendly native Bahasa Indonesia speakers with good English language skills.
Not only have they taught us Bahasa Indonesia, but as well a lot about the Indonesian culture, history and country side. The course materials that LSI provides are excellent reference books. We read them often when sitting in the Jakarta traffic jams.
We can sincerely recommend LSI to any foreigner who wants to learn Bahasa Indonesia.
Adam K. | United States
I have taken lessons from LSI for 2 years and it has been one of the highlights of my time in Indonesia.
Your company is first-class and always professional.
LSI has allowed me to learn Bahasa Indonesia in a very structured, consistent, and logical manner and I have found the curriculum to be extremely well-thought out and effective.
Additionally, the LSI tutors I have had a chance to work with are the best out there and made learning Bahasa fun and enjoyable. More than tutors, they are people I am proud to call my friends. Their thoughtful, creative approach allowed me to learn Bahasa while also learning about Indonesian culture as well.
I have gone from knowing not a single word in Bahasa, to being able to have steady conversations with my friends, coworkers, and colleagues in a short time.I have learned so much from LSI. Thank you!
Daniel Savas | Canada
I visited Indonesia (Jakarta and Bali) in December 2014, for 3 weeks. Having been here frequently over the past few years, I finally decided it was time to learn Bahasa Indonesia; I love the country, the people, the culture, so it really was time. I was referred to Language Studies Indonesia from a friend/work colleague, and it could not have been a better recommendation!!
I have been so very well treated by all staff; they've been incredibly flexible in meeting my schedule, my teacher came to my apartment for individual private lessons, which were absolutely what I had hoped for. I was very fortunate to have had Ibu Riska for my "guru" for Beginner's 1 Lesson. Very friendly, quick to smile, and very knowledgeable, she visited me each day for 11 days, and walked me through the many, many different aspects of the languiage, from grammar to vocabulary to situational phrases, etc.
I have learned an incredible amount in the short time she had to teach me. Having studied other languages, I was quite intrigued and impressed with the LSI approach to language learning - a combination of written, listening, and oral teaching, review, and testing. And, while English was needed most days to explain concepts/vocabulary, Ibu Riska was quite conscious of not using it too much, instead consistently speaking to me in Bahasa Indonesia to test my ear, and to get me accustomed to speaking the language. Each day, she would start the lesson off with a conversation that involved examples from the previous day's lesson. It was great, because then I'd know what I'd learned, and what needed more work.
Then, there was assigned homework - a combination of review and work to show I'd understood what I'd learned. I even had to tape myself speaking the language for one homework. This was great, because it helped me think about the tone and the intonation of the language.
Further, I have to say that the staff at LSI - Ibu Anissa in particular - was extremely efficient, responsive, and helpful in providing me with the details of all that was going to occur for my lessons, from sending me the dates and times of the lessons, to confirming the booking and the payments. It was all seamless and effortless.
I will definitely be taking more lessons with LSI. My goal is to become fluent in the language so that when I travel/live in Indonesia in the coming years, I'll be able to speak with the locals in their language.
In fact, I just learned that I could do classes online!! So, I may well enroll in Beginner 2 Lessons from Vancouver instead of waiting to get back to Jakarta!
I would absolutely recommend Language Studies Indonesia to anyone seeking to learn Bahasa Indonesia.
N Durge | Netherlands
Did a 2 weeks intensive course at the LSI South Jakarta location which were mostly given by Ibu Yulian and Pak Greg. They're both just great! They are very patient and teach very clearly. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard while learning before.
The classes were so much fun and the learning material is very good and always improving. The homework is on point and really focusses on your weaknesses. I asked for more classes in the evening during my internship here. They were very flexible when making my new fast track schedule.
Today is my last day of the intensive course with Ibu Zafira, who has been patient and really pushes me to keep speaking bahasa Indonesia all the time! I'll surely miss coming to this location and greeting the staff everyday. I highly recommend it.
Marie Chung | Australia
I was fortunate enough to get a great tutor (Pak Ian) for my classes. The idea of these classes is to promote social conversations in Bahasa, however, I think I got more from it.
It seems the institute is well equipped with teachers that have a greater understanding of Indonesian culture- this allowed me to better interact with the locals and even gain social, cultural and political knowledge.
The technical parts of the course were very well structured, and also filled in the gaps of my Bahasa Indonesian.
Overall, it was thoroughly enjoyable and I was able to gain a greater confidence in speaking the language, and interacting with the locals.
LSI is a great course, it definitely propelled me to live and indulge in the Indonesian culture. Go for it.
Ron Brittain | United States
I had bought some online courses but I wasn't making much progress. I realized that I needed live instruction to advance more quickly. After looking for many weeks for professional live Bahasa Indonesia Instruction I found LSI. I have now been a student with LSI for the last 3 months. LSI is an outstanding company. The administration office was very responsive to all my inquires and helped me design a custom program that fit into my busy schedule. We agreed on an schedule and I was assigned an instructor.
I started with an online schedule studying from my home office in California. I first met with a technician who tested the bandwidth in my office and Skype connectivity. Then I met with my instructor. My instructor is amazing! She was patient and very consistent. We followed a proven path for learning.
After a couple weeks on online training (I met with my instructor for 3 sessions a week) I was on my way to Jakarta! When I arrived there we picked up where we left off but this time face to face. My instructor met me at my office in Jakarta twice a week. Again my instructor was amazing. I really enjoyed learning Bahasa Indonesia and my associates at work were really impressed with my progress. I would recommend LSI for anyone wanting to learn Bahasa Indonesia.
Taylor Preston | Canada
I have been learning Indonesian online through LSI's "ONLINE BAHASA INDONESIA "Program, and have just finished 20 weeks of study / 2 classes per week. This is an amazing program - highly recommended for anyone seeking a serious, no-nonsense course of study.
Although I have only completed 3 course levels (78 hours), I am already carrying on fluent conversations with my Instructor via Skype. I will be transferred to Jakarta shortly and hope to complete the remaining 3 course levels in-person with my Instructor Pak Hamdin (who has now become like a friend to me).
One note of caution though : If you are thinking of enrolling with this school, make sure you are a serious student who really wants to learn the language quickly. This School is not a joke. They do expect a lot from their students as they issue certification in Europe's CEFR standard. As I was told by my Instructor, "Learning language is a participatory process which requires both a dedicated Instructor AND a dedicated learner."
Classes are face-to-face, conducted over Skype using lots of great lesson materials. Very impressive and highly recommended! Terima kasih banyak. Selamat belajar!
Jack Brazel | Australia
Highly Recommend LSI and Bu Ifa , I am a very incompetent student when comes to the learning of any Language but Bu Ifa was able to patiently take me through some core concepts which had real application to my expat life here in Jakarta.
I highly recommend LSI and Ifa in terms of the teaching quality and instructional design. In Indonesia any effort you put into the learning of Bahasa is rewarded with respect and appreciation from locals. LSI are ones to make it happen.
Ron Brooks | United States
LSI stands heads and shoulders above all other Bahasa Indonesia language schools that I have attended over the past 8 years while living in Jakarta. The course is well structured with a coherent syllabus, graduated levels to encourage learning for the student and a fair price. Of particular note is Ibu Meli, one of the teachers I have had in my intermediate level 2 classes.
She is friendly, supportive and sets stretch targets for me to attain. Her understanding of English is very good as is her knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia. This enables her to add a lot of value to me in each lesson as I learn the language and also the culture and background of Indonesia. I would strongly recommend this school and Ibu Meli to any who have a serious desire to learn more about Indonesia and Bahasa Indonesian.
Janson Chang | Singapore
Just concluded a 3-month course with LSI, which went very enjoyably and fruitfully. The teachers are warm, patient and dedicated, while the curriculum was tailored along the way to suit my interests and requirements. Lessons were always full of good cheer and constructive criticism, and I also took part in several field trips which provided glimpses into the breadth and depth of this country's history and culture. On a practical note, the school was also prompt and willing to accommodate, within its means, any last-minute requests for schedule or location changes.