This two-volume series is ideal for learners who have acquired a basic knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia but wish to master its finer points. Selected and edited by well-known scholars of Indonesia, this series not only enables learners to read newspaper and books in Bahasa Indonesia but also to understand the colourful culture and lifestyle of the people of Nusantara. Essential Indonesian Reading- A Learner's Guide 1 provides 172 passages carefully chosen from Indonesian dailies. The instructive and often humourous passages introduce depict everyday situations that occur in different regions of Indonesia. Ample examples on the correct forms and usage of Bahasa Indonesia are given, providing a better appreciation of cultural nuances. These passages in the book highlight and explain the differences between Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language) and Bahasa Indonesia. Whether one is in Sumatra, Jakarta, Java or the outer islands, this book is an essential guide to help the vistor come to grips with the language and to communicate more effectively.