I love Indonesian. I speak it every day though I am not yet fluent. Life in Bali can be easily lived without speaking or learning Indonesian, as long as you know English, but it’s definitely enriched through learning the language.
I also try and practice a little Indonesian every day with my kids. Whether it’s asking them to count something in Indonesian instead of English, or using an everyday phrase in Indonesian, they are getting exposed to the language too. Not to mention, the culture.
I’ve looked for good resources to buy for my kids (aged 5 and 3) to help them learn some Indonesian words and phrases and I’ve had trouble finding many. We are amassing a collection of bilingual books, CDs, flashcards and some apps some of which have been great, others less so. So this will be a place where I can share some of the good and not so good.
Bali is our home for now but we expect we will, sadly, have to leave at the end of 2015 so this coming year will be filled with more Indonesian learning and writing.
Some of the writing I’ll be doing will be directly connected to teaching young children Indonesian, with much of that in the form of easy songs. And some other writing will be children’s books. I’ve also enrolled into a children’s writing course which should be great. But more on that later.
For now, all that’s left to say is Selamat Datang to my blog. And selamat menikmati!