Steax wrote: PM 2Ring wrote:
Selamat malam! I guess
(I did learn a little bit of Bahasa Indonesia at school, but that was many years ago.)
That would be correct!
Steax wrote:I didn't know they taught Indonesian at schools there, was that part of the curriculum or just something you wanted to try?)
It was part of the curriculum, but it was just a very short introduction to Indonesian in the first year of high school. It was part of an introduction to language studies which was designed to give students a basic grounding in linguistics and language learning so they'd get a taste of what they'd be up against if they decided to study a language in subsequent years. During that year we learned some elementary linguistics, common Latin & Greek roots that are used in English and Romance languages, some French, and some Indonesian. (I didn't end up taking Indonesian, instead I followed in my mother's footsteps and studied French for 5 years).
Traditionally, almost all foreign languages offered in Australian schools were European languages - primarily French, German, and of course Latin. But in the early '70s it was decided that it was probably a Good Idea to teach kids something about the cultures and languages of our northern neighbours, rather than being so Euro-centric. So my school dropped Latin and started with Indonesian.
These days, a much wider range of Asian languages are taught in Australian high schools, but the growth of trade and cultural connections between Australia and Indonesian didn't happen to the degree predicted, so learning Indonesian these days isn't given the same degree of emphasis that it was given when it was first introduced here. However, there are quite a few schools around the country that have strong Indonesian programs.
A few years ago, I spent a fair bit of time chatting online with a young Malaysian guy who was studying robotics. At the time, I was tempted to try teaching myself Bahasa Malaysia, but I never got around to it.
Steax wrote:Also, I now recall my original confusion about "singlet", I always thought it had to do with stuff like "piglets". Huh.
* pictures piglets in singlets *