ILC’s Top 3 Tips for Learning a New Language

ILC’s Top 3 Tips for Learning a New Language

Something interesting happened last month after I sent ILC’s monthly newsletter. A student of mine approached me and talked to me about the message that I wrote in the newsletter. Here is the part that he asked me about: I’m…

Special Edition #4: Using the word ‘selamat’ in Indonesian

Special Edition #4: Using the word ‘selamat’ in Indonesian

Most people who are learning Indonesian should know the word ‘selamat’ from the first day they started learning Indonesian. ‘Selamat’ is usually know as good or to wish someone well. However, the use of the word ‘selamat’ is not limited…

Difference between ‘Bau’ and ‘Wangi’

Difference between ‘Bau’ and ‘Wangi’

‘Bau’ or ‘Wangi’ In Indonesian, there are a number of words that mean smell but the most popular ones are ‘bau’ and ‘wangi’. They can be used as both adjective and noun. How are they different? – As an ADJECTIVE When…

Difference between ‘Gratis’ and ‘Bebas’

Difference between ‘Gratis’ and ‘Bebas’

‘Gratis’ or ‘Bebas’ Indonesian has a number of adjectives that mean free. The most commonly used adjectives are ‘gratis’ and ‘bebas’. How are they different? ‘Gratis’ came from the same word in Latin that is also used in English and many other languages. This…

Special Edition #3: Using the word ‘enak’ in Indonesian

Special Edition #3: Using the word ‘enak’ in Indonesian

Using the word ‘enak’ in Indonesian ‘Enak’ is one of a number of adjectives in Indonesian that can be used in different contexts. You might have known that ‘enak’ means tasty in Indonesian. But is that the only way to…

Difference between ‘Selesai’, ‘Habis’ and ‘Jadi’

Difference between ‘Selesai’, ‘Habis’ and ‘Jadi’

‘Selesai’, ‘Habis’ or ‘Jadi’ When referring to something being finished, there are 3 words that you can use in Indonesian. However, each of these words has its own function and can’t always be used interchangeably. ‘Selesai’ is a verb-like adjective…

Difference between ‘Berubah’, ‘Mengubah’ and ‘Mengganti’

Difference between ‘Berubah’, ‘Mengubah’ and ‘Mengganti’

‘Berubah’, ‘Mengubah’ or ‘Mengganti’ Among all of the verbs that mean to change in Indonesian, ‘berubah’, ‘mengubah’ and ‘mengganti’ are the ones that are used the most. However, these three words are significantly different and cannot be used interchangeably. Do you…

Difference between ‘Paling’ and ‘Kebanyakan’

Difference between ‘Paling’ and ‘Kebanyakan’

‘Paling’ or ‘Kebanyakan’ Most Indonesian learners would have learnt to use the word ‘paling’ (meaning: most) throughout their learning journey. But the word ‘paling’ cannot be used in all context. For instance, if you look at the way I have used…

Difference between ‘Masih’ and ‘Tetap’

Difference between ‘Masih’ and ‘Tetap’

‘Masih’ or ‘Tetap’ There are a number of ways to say still in Indonesian. In this post we’ll focus on the adverb still. The two words that are often used as adverb still in Indonesian are ‘masih’ and ‘tetap’. How…