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Jessi: Top 25 Indonesian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 6: How long have you been studying Indonesian? In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Indonesian learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question "How long have you been studying Indonesian language?" In Indonesian this is
Fira: Sudah berapa lama anda belajar bahasa Indonesia?
The first word in the question โ€œHow long have you been studying Indonesian language?โ€ is
Fira: sudah
Jessi: "meaning already" in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) sudah
Jessi: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
Fira: sudah
{Pause}
Jessi: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the English translation, breaking it down by syllable, and then giving it once more at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question, How long have you been studying Indonesian language? is
Fira: berapa
Jessi: meaning how much / many in English.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) berapa
Jessi: Now repeat.
Fira: berapa
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Fira: sudah berapa
{pause}
And after that
Fira: lama
Jessi: meaning something like long in English.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) lama
Jessi: Now repeat.
Fira: lama
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Fira: sudah berapa lama
{pause}
And next
Fira: anda
Jessi: meaning you in English.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) anda
Jessi: Now repeat.
Fira: anda
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Fira: sudah berapa lama anda
{pause}
And after that
Fira: belajar
Jessi: meaning study in English.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) belajar
Jessi: Now repeat.
Fira: belajar
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Fira: sudah berapa lama anda belajar
{pause}
And after that
Fira: bahasa
Jessi: meaning something like language in English.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) bahasa
Jessi: Now repeat.
Fira: bahasa
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 6 words of the question and repeat.
Fira: sudah berapa lama anda belajar bahasa
{pause}
And after that
Fira: indonesia
Jessi: which is indonesia in English.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) indonesia
Jessi: Now repeat.
Fira: indonesia
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Fira: sudah berapa lama anda belajar bahasa indonesia
{pause}
Jessi: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question How long have you been studying Indonesian language??
Fira: Sudah satu bulan.
Jessi: "For 1 month.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Fira: (Slow) Sudah satu bulan.
{pause}
Learn this question well, as you will hear it often in your travels to Indonesia.
As always in Indonesia, people value circumspection in everyday speech. Manners are always appreciated.
Jessi: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Fira: sudah
Jessi: meaning something like already.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) sudah
Jessi: Now repeat
Fira: sudah
{Pause}
Jessi: And after that
Fira: satu
meaning one.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) satu
Jessi:Now repeat.
Fira: satu
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Fira: bulan
meaning month.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) bulan
Jessi:Now repeat.
Fira: bulan
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, For 1 month., and then repeat.
Fira: Sudah satu bulan.
{pause}
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace 1 month with one year.
Fira: satu tahun
Jessi: one year
Fira: (slow) satu tahun (regular) satu tahun
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with one year
Fira: Sudah satu tahun.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 1 month. Say For one year.
{pause}
Fira: Sudah satu tahun.
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace one year with three months.
Fira: tiga bulan
Jessi: three months
Fira: (slow) tiga bulan (regular) tiga bulan
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with three months
Fira: Sudah tiga bulan.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for one year. Say For three months.
{pause}
Fira: Sudah tiga bulan.
Jessi: To expand on the pattern, replace three months with one week.
Fira: satu minggu
Jessi: one week
Fira: (slow) satu minggu (regular) satu minggu
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with one week
Fira: Sudah satu minggu.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for three months. Say For one week.
{pause}
Fira: Sudah satu minggu.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Indonesia and someone asks you how long you have been studying [language]. You have been studying it for 1 month. Respond to the question.
Fira: Sudah berapa lama anda belajar bahasa Indonesia? (five seconds) Sudah satu bulan.
Jessi: Imagine you've been studying it for one year Respond to the question.
Fira: Sudah berapa lama anda belajar bahasa Indonesia? (five seconds) Sudah satu tahun.
Jessi: Imagine you've been studying it for three months. . Answer the speaker's question.
Fira: Sudah berapa lama anda belajar bahasa Indonesia? (five seconds) Sudah tiga bulan.
Jessi: Imagine you're one week. Respond to the question.
Fira: Sudah berapa lama anda belajar bahasa Indonesia? (five seconds) Sudah satu minggu.
Jessi: Now you want to ask someone how long -they- have been studying [language]. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Fira: Sudah berapa lama anda belajar bahasa Indonesia?
{pause}
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 6

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Hi Abhishek,


Good question! I think you can easily identify โ€œthatโ€ that means โ€œituโ€.


Now, can you identify โ€œthatโ€ that means โ€œyangโ€ in the above sentence? Let me translate the latter half sentence for you: โ€œthatโ€ yang berarti โ€œituโ€. In conclusion, you can add new clauses to your sentences using conjuction โ€œyangโ€.


I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions.


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Abhishek
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Itu and Yang- both stand for the word 'That'? What is the difference between the two words?

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Hi cameron!


Thank you so much for your post.

We are glad that you like the new format.

Feel free to let us know if you have question. ;)


cheers,

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cameron
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liking the new format well done

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Hi Alzira!


Dua tahun, cukup panjang ya! Bahasa Indonesia anda cukup baik.

Tetap semangat ya! :smile:


Two years, that is quite long! Your Indonesian is pretty good.

Keep up the good work! :smile:


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Alzira
Wednesday at 03:43 AM
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Mulai belajar dua tahun lalu jadi sudah dua tahun tapi ada selaan selama 1,5 tahun:disappointed: