Malam Ngobrol (chat night) is a monthly informal social gathering usually held in private homes but occasionally in parks or gardens or at a community venue like Box Hill Community Arts Centre. Groups of Indonesian guests often attend, providing members with the opportunity of conversing in Indonesian with native speakers. Practice can of course also be done with non-native speakers and in fact other language learners, especially listening practice when a learner isn't quite brave enough to try much speaking.
Many lasting friendships initiated at Malam Ngobrol continue to develop through regular visits between Australia and Indonesia. While language practice is the focus of these evenings, members who do not speak Indonesian are still most welcome, because Indonesian guests are often pleased to have the opportunity to practise their English. Cultural exchange is also an essential part of our organisation.
We used to mainly have these sessions on Friday evenings, hence the name, but we have begun to vary that now to allow members who may not be available then to attend and also because lunchtime BBQs and afternoon teas are just as good for chatting!
See the What's On page for information about forthcoming Malam Ngobrol.
March 2012 – Siang Ngobrol
Some of us enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Maree and Peter Gloag’s “Warung Kita”, a nice covered outdoor entertaining area at the back of their home. We were all a bit late which initially had Maree and Peter a bit worried until they remembered “jam karet”! Peter and Tony did some bonding and BBQing of some homemade burgers, chicken and of course snags, while the rest of us chatted. We had two students from our Tuesday evening Language Classes as well as a few visitors this month; a year 12 student who was glad to have some practice outside school, a brave lady who has only been learning on-line for 3 weeks and a student from the Defence Force school at Point Cook. The weather was kind to us, the food was delicious, especially the “Aloha” dip Maree made for the fresh fruit and the company was very friendly and decidedly chatty, in both languages. Many thanks to Maree and Peter for their kind and generous hospitality.
A bunch of AIA “city slickers” joined a bunch of BAIK (Bendigo Australian Indonesian Klub) “country folk” for a wonderful afternoon at Prue and Peter’s gorgeous place in Taradale on Saturday 27th October. (Prue is our secretary.) We enjoyed a sumptuous BBQ, complete with dessert, tea, coffee and soft drinks. The food was delicious and as you might expect there was a lot of it, so most of us did the usual “tambah lagi” trick.
There was a substantial amount of chatter in both languages, and across both groups, some of us had a wander around the property with Peter and a few of us had a spot of footy practice. The weather was very kind to us after an uncertain forecast.
Thanks to Prue for the scarves and batik around the trees and the various signs in Bahasa Indonesia to aid the GPSs and Melways. Many thanks to both Prue and Peter for their generous hospitality and such a lovely venue. Lastly, thanks to the people from BAIK who brought good cheer, good food and good chatter. We look forward to some other joint events.
November 2012 – Malam Ngobrol
I think all those who attended the BBQ Malam Ngobrol at Francoise and Lester’s place on Fri 23rd will agree with me that it was a lovely night. The weather was good to us, the mozzies weren’t too vicious, there were many people to ngobrol or chat with and of course a lot of delicious food to taste. Francoise very kindly shared her two birthday cakes with us all, both of which were enak sekali, and we sang (?) a few versions of Happy Birthday to her. It was also wonderful to meet some new Indonesian visitors who came with Ibu Cucu, though sadly they didn’t stay too long. It must also be noted that there were a recent record of six language class participants present which is fantastic. Merci beaucoup and terima kasih banyak to Francoise and Lester for their very generous hospitality.