Over the last few weeks here at Language Studies Indonesia, our Instructors have reported that a number of our beginner-level Bahasa Indonesia students have been requesting "additional reading materials."
Apparently, it's the belief of some of our students that more reading will help them to develop their vocabulary and fluency at a faster rate.
In response to this, we'd like to tell our beginner-level students (and all prospective Bahasa Indonesia learners) that excessive "reading" does NOT lead to the rapid development of language skills in the early days of your education.
In the early stages of your Bahasa Indonesia training, the "secret" to picking up the language quickly is NOT to increase your reading.
The key is . . .
HOURS AND HOURS OF AWKWARD AND STRENUOUS CONVERSATION WITH PEOPLE BETTER THAN YOU IN THE LANGUAGE.