Tuesday, February 27, 2018


As familiar as one becomes with reading Indonesian in books, the more disconcerting grows his inability to decipher much of what is written by Indonesians on Facebook. Of course, part of the problem is that they may be using their own dialect. Part of the problem may be slang, though that difficulty is decreased as one becomes more familiar with common conversational language. But it occurred to me last night that a large part of the problem may be that many Indonesians simply don't know how to speak Indonesian--much as many English speaking people don't really know how to speak or write in English. Natraly, I can unnerstan what they ment to sed coz I'm a naitiv English speeker, but chances are that someone using English as a second language will not have a clue!

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