Online Indonesian

The Indonesian Way is a one-year course of study in basic Indonesian written by George Quinn (Australian National University). It has been adapted and fleshed out for open-access study online by Uli Kozok (University of Hawai’i).

The 100+ lessons in The Indonesian Way cover the basic vocabulary and grammar of formal Indonesian as it is used in everyday life. The lessons are rich in model dialogues, role play scenarios, and culture notes. Each lesson is illustrated in colour and comes with click-on vocabulary cards, audio files and many interactive exercises.

You can study The Indonesian Way alone, or use it as a text for classroom study under the direction of a teacher.

Click here to see an example of a lesson:

Click here to start the course:

8 thoughts on “Online Indonesian

  1. I am an Australian living in Sydney and am interested in enrolling (at beginner level) in the Indonesian Language On-line course offered by Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT).
    Clicking the link on the ‘Online Indonesian’ page takes me to the Indonesian-Malay Language Program at Honolulu which indicates courses starting in August 2012.

    I have the following questions:
    Is it intended that there is no interaction with the ANU in Canberra?
    Are there no fees? (I cannot find details of of them for the beginners course or any later courses).

    I look forward to your reply.

    Noel Robinson

    • Dear Noel, I’ve been in Indonesia for the last month and have not been accessing the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) website, so I missed your enquiry. Sorry.
      The online Indonesian page on our website is intended for people who want to study alone, or with a tutor. It is not linked to any course we currently conduct in Canberra. However, the materials are used as the main study materials in several universities. These include the University of Hawaii and several universities in Australia, including the ANU and ADFA here in Canberra. However, the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) does not have a formal connection with the ANU.
      There are no fees for accessing and/or self-studying these materials.
      Hope this answers your questions.
      Yours, George

  2. i would like to join, but cannot find any way to do this. Do you still exist as an organization or are you just a web page? thanks Maha

    • Dear Maha, Our web site has been lying low for some time but we are about to revive it and link it to our brand new Facebook page too. Yes, we do exist as an organisation but to join the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) please be patient for a little while while we re-jig our membership form and conditions of membership. Information about membership will appear in due course on this page. Very best wishes and terima kasih. George Quinn

  3. The Indonesian Way was great – it was the basis of my first three semesters studying Indonesian at Flinders University in 2012 and 2013. I’ll be looking to use it again once I get established and teaching at a school (hopefully this year or next)!

    • Thank you Bryce. Apologies this post was not approved earlier. We wish you all the best with your teaching of Indonesian.

      BBI (ACT)

    • Dear Carleen,

      Thank you very much for pointing out this problem. We’ll look into the broken link and try to fix it as soon as possible. Once we’ve sorted that out we’ll get back to you about how to use the course.

      Thanks again,


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