Simply a loss for words

Although Indonesia has lots of beautiful scenery, sometimes a view as simple as this one is enough. Enough to be more than breathtaking. Bright colors against the clear blue sky. Sometimes unnoticable, but on discovering, it’s worth every look.

While I was in Indonesia, I learned words that I didn’t know before (betul, setengah, juta, ribu, asyik). I also found a few words that aren’t in my small dictionary, although I know what they mean now (banget, warnet). I still don’t know how the verb base words and prefixes work or when to use them.

I could understand about 75% of simple conversations and maybe 50% of other daily conversations (including cartoons on television). It’s amusing that when some Indonesians talk English, they talk really slow, but when they use Indonesian again, they talk insanely fast (in some areas).

I can make myself understood when using Indonesian. But when the people know I’m from Holland, and that I don’t really speak the Indonesian language, and when I use a few words, they always laugh. Why? I don’t know. Although, it’s not very encouraging when they laugh each time you try to speak.

Kok aneh ya, ketawa terus.

jen jen: Thanks! Michelle: I stutter even when I talk slow πŸ˜› But usually because I don’t have the words I want to say at that moment (I guess I get that from being a thinker). Hikari: Sometimes I would think of what to say in Indonesian, and all these Mandarin and Japanese words start popping up in my mind. Daynah: Thanks! Bella: This trip’s been 20 years after I’ve last visited Indonesia. So it’s been ages for me too, hehe. maureen: Yep, at least we’re trying. Ohh, and I kinda forgot or didn’t realize you’re Indonesian too. Emily: But I know I wasn’t making any mistakes. Or maybe it’s my accent. dee: Ya, saya memang lucu πŸ˜‰

9 Responses to “Simply a loss for words”

  1. Diana says:

    I think it’s natural for people to speak fast in their native language, maybe because they’re very good at it (it’s their native language, btw) but when it comes to foreign languages people speak slowly in order to not want to make any single mistakes, kan malu kalau ketahuan salah hehehe. Yup, I think it’s not encouraging but people do that without having any intentions to laugh, maybe they find it cute that foreigners speak their language?

  2. dee says:

    “ItΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β€žΒ’s amusing that when some Indonesians talk English, they talk really slow, but when they use Indonesian again, they talk insanely fast”

    HAHAHA… this is soooo true πŸ˜›
    that’s what singaporeans say about us, too, here in singapore…

    about the laugh… i guess i would feel the same way too if i were you…
    kenapa ya ketawa terus?
    habisnya lucu mungkin, hehehe…

  3. Emily says:

    Wow. What a beautiful picture! πŸ˜€

    I had a friend who spoke fluent Spanish. When I’d try speak Spanish to her, she’d just laugh at me. But when she’d mess up her English and I’d giggle at her, she’d get furious! It took me a while to explain to her that I wasn’t laughing at her. And it wasn’t a cruel laugh, either. It was a happy laugh! She just sounded so cute when she talked.

    I guess it’s just a human response to language mistakes – laughing it off. πŸ™‚

  4. maureen says:

    cool photo! i get disheartened about practicing my indonesian too. people usually laugh because i either have a surabayan accent or i get blanks and forget words.. = / oh well, at least we’re trying right? πŸ˜‰

  5. Bella says:

    Those bougainvilles remind me of my childhood! I haven’t been in Indonesia for ages…nearly forgotten how beautiful the azure sky could be sometimes.

  6. Daynah says:

    I love the color of the flowers! These flowers come in a variety of colors too… so pretty! I especially love how the colors of the photo are so eye catching. Beautiful… simply beautiful. ;D

  7. Hikari says:

    It’s the same when I talk in chinese or japanese. Without really thinking, I mix up the languages I know (mandarin, teochew, japanese) and if anything, I know I have an accent speaking. >_x; Same way with Thai. And when people laugh, I just assume they’re liking the idea I’m trying to speak the same things they do. πŸ˜€ It could also just sound strange to them, with the accent… but I never really take it to heart. Although, I do just end up pouting.

  8. Michelle says:

    Haha, well, I ALWAYS talk fast πŸ˜€ makes me stutter most of the time πŸ˜› and yeah people laugh at me, but I guess that’s just because they’re jealous πŸ˜‰

  9. jen jen says:

    The colours are breathtaking.

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