Here at LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA (LSI), we've worked with thousands of Jakarta Expats over the years, and, by way of our Online Distance Learning Programme, we've worked with thousands more throughout Indonesia and the world.
One of the best things about working with 'adult learners' (as LSI does primarily) is that, unlike children, adults have some understanding of how they learn best. And, today, we'd like to share with you the 7 most common language learning tips we've received from our adult students over the last few years.
We hope you'll find these tips helpful. And, if you have other tips you think might be useful to Indonesian language learners, please be sure to share them with us so that we can include them in our future posts. We can always use more help.
1. THE BEGINNING IS THE MOST EXCITING PART
It's essential that you get yourself totally addicted to Bahasa Indonesia when your enthusiasm is high at the very beginning . . . and the best way to do this is to study very intensively when you start out!
There’s nothing like tackling a new language and learning how to actually say stuff! It can be such a rush - it can be totally addicting.
Many of our Jakarta Expats spend 2, 3 or 4 weeks studying the language full-time (maybe 20 to 30 hours a week) before starting their new job. Typically, after "staying in the language" continuously for 2 or more weeks and studying to the point of "brain melt", these students experience a real "high" as they realise they've mastered basic communication in a very short period of time! This "high "gives their future language development unstoppable momentum when they start their new jobs. By their first day of work, they're already truly "into Bahasa Indonesia" - they're already "totally addicted" to communicating in a new language!
For those of you who simply can't undertake full-time language study before settling into your new job post, the principle remains the same: Study as intensively as you can when you start out.
You might need to work every day but, still, set aside as many hours as you possibly ca