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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5 edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740592972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740592970
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 3.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National Geographic Traveler, September 2006
'Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for almost any country you might want to visit...'

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You just need to get started, and this book will do it.
M. MCCAMBRIDGE
It is particularly good as it has many phrases of the sort we use a lot, referring to trees, birds and animals.
Karen H. Brown
I took this book with me on a recent 5 week trip through Indonesia.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Antony P. Quirini on January 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I actually have two Lonely Planet Indonesian phrasebooks: this one (5th edition) and the 4th edition which has a purple cover. Both are great and will help you with the basics of Bahasa Indonesia but they do have good points and bad points.

The 4th version has a neat section on some basic grammar which I thought shouldn't have been cut down in the current one. I noticed many of the phrases make use of the prefixes and suffixes which have been wiped out in the 5th ed in favour of using more root words. I've compared the phrases in both versions and the 4th not only uses longer words but sometimes completely different words to the this one when their English equivalents haven't changed at all. I'm not an expert on the language but the assumption is that the 4th edition uses 'proper' Indonesian more akin to grammar books while this is laid back, perhaps closer to normal speech? Assumptions aside, I noticed several reviewers gave their 4th edition phrase books to Indonesian friends and it is important to mention, it does indeed have impressive cultural knowledge tidbits that are vacant in some of the Indonesian courses on the market ("Colloquial Indonesian" by Routledge, which I also own).

As I mentioned above, the latest edition has been simplified. The grammar section, although not cut out entirely is reduced by not adding the information about word formation (the prefixes, suffixes etc). The author has replaced it by several pages dedicated to some of the other major languages of the archipelago, namely: Balinese, Benuaq, Bugis, Galelarese, Javanese, Lani, Minang, Sasak, Sundanese, Toba Batak, and Toraja. I don't know how practical they are as there's only 3-4 pages dedicated to each but they're an interesting addition nonetheless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen H. Brown on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Used this book for West Papua and Java. It is particularly good as it has many phrases of the sort we use a lot, referring to trees, birds and animals. Also many useful social phrases that were out of the ordinary, even political!
If you get off the beaten path, you will need some help, and this is well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lawrence on April 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
OK I'm not going to claim to be a student of Indonesian. But for a recent holiday there I realised that being totally unprepared probably wasn't the way to go either. So I picked this up and found it a handy little thing to flick through before and during my trip. Luckily I was with a tour group for much of my time in the country and when I was `flying solo' it was on the island of Bali, which has such a thriving tourist trade many people had far more English than I possessed of Bahasa Indonesia. And it's that latter language, Bahasa Indonesia, that forms the bulk of this book as it is the glue that holds the country together linguistically despite being the first language of as little as 20% of the population.

Given that situation this little book also devotes a couple of pages to several of the other major languages of the nation at hand though of course only the most perfunctory of glances can be given to each.

Broken up into logical sections and with full phrases and a small Bahasa-English dictionary section at the end this is as good a place to start as any if you are thinking of a holiday in Indonesia though obviously for the more serious student there are other options including formal lessons for those truly dedicated to learning the language in a more fully fledged way.

For what it is, this item is pretty useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Rigby on May 2, 2011
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I took this book with me on a recent 5 week trip through Indonesia. Outside of Bali, I relied on this heavily. Within Bali, I still needed it. The Indonesians speak surprisingly little English. And the little they do know, they are usually embarrassed to use. I kept this with me at all times. I also tried to learn as much as I could, it's the simplest grammar I've ever encountered, but there is just too much to learn in a short time. The book has a lot of practical words/phrases, my only complaint is that I often couldn't remember which section held a particular phrase or explanation. But still, you NEED this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Surf City on December 19, 2012
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Indonesian and Malaysian were originally developed as practical trader /trading languages, so they are not so complex. You can carry this book, or just push your way through in English!
Or, depend on the phrasebook at the back of the Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide to Asia, available on Amazon.
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