Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Indonesian Language School in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Indonesian language
A perfect place where you can learn Indonesian language ( Bahasa Indonesia ) in Bandung, the capital of West Java, Indonesia
Indonesian Language
(Bahasa Indonesia)

Istana Indonesia Learning Centre

Istana Indonesia is strategically located at the centre of Bandung, the so-called ‘flower city’. Bandung, the capital of West Java, which is famous for its Tangkuban Perahu active volcano and the beautiful hot spring resort. It is also widely known for its cool temperature (around 16 to 20 degrees in the morning) and delicious cuisine.

Istana Indonesia is the perfect place where you can learn and improve your Bahasa Indonesia ( Indonesian language ) from the experts. Founded in June 1995, Istana Indonesia has widely known as the ideal place where you can not only learn Indonesian language , but also Sundanese language (the local dialect used in West Java).

Istana Indonesia provides Indonesian language training for those who want to learn Bahasa Indonesia (the Indonesian language) and to develop insights into Indonesian culture, arts, society, education, current events, economic matters, politics, business, law, etc.

Istana (literally means a palace) referred to a beautiful house whose homelike atmosphere accommodated the language learning process in family hospitality.

We have become a multi language center where foreigners can learn Indonesian language / bahasa Indonesia as well as its culture and local language (Sundanese) in the homelike atmosphere, and where Indonesian nationals can learn foreign languages in the same atmosphere. We are moving fast with our business which is not just limited to the language training but also culture and travels.

Our Facilities

This page will provide a brief overview of our school's facilities

Rooms for rent

Here, at Istana Indonesia, we also provide rented rooms with daily breakfast, washing, and telephone (local and receiving).

Learning materials

All learning materials are included (books, newspapers, magazines)

Outing program

See the beauty of Tangkuban Perahu active volcano and visit the natural hot spring resort, etc.


Cooking class:

You can also take part in traditional cooking class. You will learn how to make nasi kuning (yellow rice) or nasi uduk (spicy rice), sayur asam (vegetable sour soup cooked with tamarind and brown sugar), sayur lodeh (vegetable soup cooked with coconut milk), kolek (rich sweet desert in coconut milk and brown sugar), nasi goreng (fried rice), etc.

For further details regarding course fee, please kindly contact Istana Indonesia at:

Location: Bandung

Our Programs


This program offers an Indonesian language course for those who want to learn to communicate or to improve their communication skills in Bahasa Indonesia . At the end of this program you are expected to understand conversation in commonly used Indonesian Language sentences and idioms. This class is also appropriate for those who have never learnt Bahasa Indonesia at all.

Basic Level

At this level, we concentrate on increasing the learner’s communicative confidence and on developing vocabulary, while also addressing reading, writing and listening skills. Learners at this level will master basic survival Indonesian Language , covering such subjects as: introductions, telling the time, schedules, family, directions, daily routines and activities, telephoning, giving instructions and health.

Intermediate Level

After learners have mastered the communication, listening, reading and writing skills taught at the Basic level and their vocabulary is satisfactory, they progress to the Intermediate level, where they start learning Indonesian grammar and further develop their vocabulary. They expand their grammatical and lexical knowledge through reading and writing articles and participating in discussions and presentations.

Advanced Level

This level caters for learners who want to learn Indonesian Language in more depth and achieve fluency. Advanced training continues from the Intermediate level and the complexity of the grammar is increased. Media used include radio, television, video, newspapers and magazines.

Another program is our full-time experience. This allows the student to live independently and grow as a person. Both local and out-of-state students are eligible for this program.

Our teaching and learning program

Small classes of 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 person(s) will enable you to get more intensive attention from the teacher and do practice more intensively. We strongly believe that language is a mean of communication. That's why, we take the Communicative Approach as the base of our teaching (and learning) methods, and techniques as reflected on the highly communicative activities applied in the classes. You will be provided with topics, materials, examples, and practices taken from the real communication and to be practiced as a real communication as well.

With the Direct Method, you will be trained to identify and acquire concepts of words and expressions of the Indonesian language / Bahasa Indonesia (including formal and colloquial Indonesian language which is widely used in daily conversation). That way, you will be accustomed to thinking in Indonesian way of thinking, and to producing Indonesian without translating from your native language. To lead you to come to that stage, various teaching aids are used which will also put a lot of fun to your Indonesian Language learning program.
Istana Indonesia's other programs

Since we realize that our learners come from various backgrounds and have different requirements, Istana Indonesia offers a variety of programs to suit different needs.

For Istana Indonesia’s Special Purpose programs, there is no level of learning. This program is only available for learners who have already reached Intermediate level or above and want to concentrate in specialist fields to suit their business or personal needs.

At the end of this program you are expected to not only understand the conversation in your work situations in Indonesian using appropriate structures, vocabulary, expressions, affixation, and technical terms, but also be able to read journals, reports and articles in formal Indonesian (such as newspapers and TV’s news programs)

The Indonesian Special Purpose Programs are only available for those who have already reached Intermediate level or above and want to concentrate in specialist fields to suit their business or personal needs.

Writing Program

The Indonesian Writing Program is provided for those who are already fluent in Indonesian Language , or are at the Advanced level, but who want to improve their skills in writing formal or specialist Indonesian letters or reports.

Conversation Program

This program is only available for learners who have already reached Intermediate II or above. The conversations concentrate on interesting and topical current events. Both Istana Indonesia and learners are involved in choosing the discussion topics.

For Istana Indonesia’s Special Purpose programs, there is no level of learning. This program is only available for learners who have already reached Intermediate level or above and want to concentrate in specialist fields to suit their business or personal needs.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Bahasa | Bahasa Indonesia | Indonesian | Indonesian Language | Breakfast of gods

Learn Indonesian Indonesian ( Bahasa Indonesia )

reakfast on Bali island- a relaxed, reverential, island of thousands of holy temples- is a form of prayer : the Balinese ritually cleanse themselves first by washing their bodies (traditionally necessitating a dawn walk through the rice fields to a river for a chilly morning bath) and cleaning up the kitchen before receiving spiritual nourishment form the soul of the rice.
The first meal of the day is a gift from the benevolent gods, and is treated and eaten with silent wonder and respect. Breakfast slowly begins on early morning village streets, where passerby are waylaid by a head-on collision of shallots sizzling and shrimp paste frying as a scorching sambal of the gods is cooked for the main daily meal. The senses are overwhelmed with spices as fragrant floating leaves exude exotic, unknown scents from steaming, bamboo cauldrons of cherished white rice. This olfactory bouquet-directed heavenwards-boldly announces that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are being prepared in the Balinese compound.
Breakfast in the sacred, sacrosanct “morning of the world” begins with one of the most exotic, exquisite, and satisfying taste sensations on planet earth: a delicious, typical, local Balinese breakfast food called bubur mebasa. Bubur mebasa (bubur means porridge in Indonesian language, and basa means spice in Balinese) is a rice porridge with saffron, Balinese spice paste, and tasty green leaves found only on a rare tree (bulan baon) sequestered in select housing compound gardents (and also-somewhat secretly- sold in the markets). Crowned with fried shallots and served on banana leaf (if you’re Balinese), or in a bowl for crockery-dependent Westerners, this dish is out of this world (and you will love the flavorful, fragrant, forbidden leaf delicacy!). Bubur mebasa saur is another porridge-like, Balinese breakfast rice soup- blessed with toasted coconut sauce and traditionally placed on a bright green, environmentally friendly, banana leaf receptacle. Flavored with salam leaves, it is often served with fried shallots, a hard-boiled egg, diced cooked chicken, or any easily digestible food (at home, the Balinese make bubur for people who are sick, depleted of energy, or for small children).
Bali boasts an entire exotic range of these velvety breakfast or snack porridges: bubur sumsum is a creamy rice porridge with palm sugar, rice flour, and coconut milk. Bubur mengguh is porridge mixed with meat (chicken or fish), vegetable, and spices-usually served on special occasions like family gatherings. Old-fashioned compound bubur consists of soft-boiled rice topped with steamed greens and soy sprouts mixed with shredded coconut, shrimp paste, chili seasoning, and coconut sauce.

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