Let's Speak Indonesian provides beginning and intermediate learners with an introduction to conversational Indonesian. Using a relaxed variety of standard Indonesian spoken among educated native speakers, it offers fifteen thematically-based chapters in two volumes that are rich with photographs, illustrations, and cultural explanations. The volumes take the novice learner to the intermediate-high level while following a set of fictional students through their university studies. Each lesson presents four to six language functions (e.g., how to greet a stranger, introduce oneself, ask for directions, apologize, offer a suggestion) in socially appropriate contexts.Students begin with the language functions needed to communicate about self, family, and the immediate environment; later lessons expand to topics about the community and broader social issues. Each lesson offers the following: a list of language functions in Indonesian and English, a dialogue (and online recording) exemplifying the language functions taught in the lesson, structured activities to develop accuracy using the language functions, open-ended tasks to develop fluency in communicative events, a vocabulary list with English definitions, and cultural notes. Each volume concludes with a glossary of vocabulary items introduced in the text.Audio files for this volume may be downloaded in MP3 format at www.indonesiantextbooks.wisc.edu
Ellen Rafferty is professor of Indonesian language and literature in the department of languages and cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.Erlin Barnard is the pedagogy coordinator for Less Commonly Taught Languages at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.Lucy Suharni teaches Indonesian at the National University of Singapore.