Online Indonesian Language Classes

In response to COVID-19, we have suspended our usual face-to-face Bahasa Indonesia classes and are instead offering online classes using Zoom video conferencing. So ... 

Ayo, ikutlah! (Come on, let's get started!)

When: Weekly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30 pm (see dates).

Levels: We are currently running a reduced number of levels based on student numbers: beginner, intermediate and advanced. 

Content: Most levels use a textbook, but this is supplemented with other activities and materials including media articles, films, poetry and songs.


Take this quick online quiz to get an idea of which level is most appropriate for you, or see the learning content in each level below.

We will do our best to put you in the most appropriate class, but feel free to speak to your teacher if you think you should move up or down a level.

Elementary 1A & 1B (2 terms)

If you want to learn some basic Indonesian before going on a trip, want to start learning the language with a view to becoming fluent, or need to brush the rust off the bahasa you learnt back in high school, this level is for you! Intake is twice a year, in February and July, so that you can progress smoothly into Elementary 2 if you wish.

Elementary 1A (only available in February and July) (first term) gets you started in Indonesian. You will learn the basics, including:

  • The Indonesian alphabet and pronunciation
  • Common greetings
  • Introducing yourself (kenalkan)
  • Terms of address
  • Pronouns
  • Numbers
  • Family
  • Parts of the body and illnesses
  • Asking and telling the time (jam berapa?)
  • Shopping (di pasar)
  • Lost belongings

Textbook: No textbook is required. Handouts are provided. 

Elementary 1B (second and fourth term) builds on the first term and introduces some basic Indonesian grammar. (Don't worry, it's much simpler than English!)

Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 1, Chapter 1.  

You will learn about:

  • The city of Yogyakarta
  • Word order in basic Indonesian sentences
  • Saying where you are from and where you live
  • Describing your work and study
  • Expressing negative statements (tidak)
  • Asking yes/no questions (apa)
  • More on terms of address (Anda, Bu, Pak)
  • Asking questions involving numbers (berapa)
  • Asking and answering questions using ada and tidak ada

Elementary 2 (2 terms)

If you already have some familiarity with Indonesian or have completed Elementary 1, this is your level. English is still the main language of instruction, but you will be encouraged to speak in Indonesian whenever possible. 

Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 1, Chapters 2 & 3 plus supplementary material.

You will learn about:

  • The names of common items
  • Talking about possessions (my, your, his/her)
  • Expressing negatives using bukan
  • Using the pronouns saya, Anda, dia, mereka, kita and kami
  • Talking about family members
  • Numbers from 10 to 1000
  • The names of the months
  • Asking and answering questions using birth dates, ages and addresses
  • Talking about places using di, ke and dari
  • Describing your daily routine and activities
  • More question words: siapa, di mana, dari mana, ke mana, kapan, apa and berapa
  • Talking about actions using sudah and belum

Elementary 3 (4 terms)

At this level you get to grips with some of the key grammar of Indonesian, such as a common ways that verbs are formed and how to refer to the past. You'll be surprised how quickly you get the hang of it! You'll be able to have short conversations in Indonesian, mostly getting it right! You'll also learn about aspects of Indonesian daily life and culture. 

Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 1, Chapters 4, 5 & 6 plus supplementary material.

You will learn about:

  • The sacred burial site of Imogiri in Yogyakarta
  • Employing a helper (tukang kebun)
  • Life in the village (di desa)
  • The Selamatan celebration
  • Verbs with the me- and ber- prefixes
  • Talking about recent events using baru, sudah, belum, masih and tidak lagi 
  • Getting more specific about time
  • More Indonesian greetings
  • Using -nya to talk about something that's already been mentioned
  • Describing houses and locations
  • Doubled verbs such as jalan-jalan
  • The seasons, the weather and the months of the year
  • Forms of transport
  • Nouns with the suffix -an 
  • Using harus ('have to') and tidak usah
  • Using yang to describe things and combine sentences
  • Colours and tastes
  • Talking about time using tadi, nanti and dulu

Intermediate 1 (4 terms)

Welcome to Intermediate! By now you have the fundamentals under control and you are able to have conversations in Indonesian on  a range of topics. Now you can broaden your vocabulary and add more complexity, as well as learning more about life in Indonesia. Instruction is increasingly in Indonesian with explanation in English as required.

Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 2, Chapters 1, 2 & 3 plus supplementary material.

You will learn about:

  • Travelling to Bali
  • Balinese culture, including upacara potong gigi
  • Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city

  • More about forming me- verbs

  • Using -nya to comment on a topic

  • Nouns with the pe- prefix

  • Talking about body parts and clothing

  • Using sesudah and sebelum to refer to time

  • Transitive and intransitive verbs 

  • Describing experiences

  • Using pernah to talk about places you've been and things you've seen

  • Using yang to mean 'the one who ...'

  • Shopping centres

  • Using the passive voice, including di-

Intermediate 2 (4 terms)

This class builds on Intermediate 1, so you will add to your growing knowledge of Indonesian words, idioms and constructions. You will be reading, writing and speaking in more complex sentences and learning more about Indonesia along the way. Instruction is increasingly in Indonesian with explanation in English as required.

Textbook: Indonesian Grammar in Context 2, Chapters 4, 5 & 6 plus supplementary material.

You will learn about:

  • The important events of Ramadan and Lebaran
  • Pulang kampung (returning to the hometown)
  • Tana Toraja in Sulawesi
  • Orangutan rehabilitation in Kalimantan
  • Connecting ideas using kalau and sebaiknya

  • Connecting ideas using sesudah, sebelum, tetapi, karena and jadi 

  • Giving advice

  • Qualifying statements using sebenarnya 

  • Expressing a conclusion using kalau begitu

  • Describing the frequency of events using selalu, sering, biasanya and jarang

  • Verbs with the suffix -kan

  • Comparisons using lebih . . . dari(pada), paling, se- and tidak se-

  • Talking about when you were young

  • Using yang lalu, lagi, nanti and yang akan datang to describe sequences of events

  • Using doubled adverbs such as cepat-cepat

  • Forming adverbs formed with dengan + adjective

  • More with -kan verbs!

Advanced (ongoing)

Welcome to the 'big league'! The Advanced class is for people who already have a good standard of Indonesian and wish to maintain or improve on it. It's assumed that you already have a broad vocabulary and are familiar with the points of grammar listed above in Elementary and Intermediate levels. However, more advanced aspects of grammar are included as revision at this level. Classes are conducted almost entirely in Indonesian.

No textbook is used in the Advanced class. Instead, each term covers a number of topics, which may include Indonesian current affairs, political, social and economic issues, films, short stories, poetry and popular music, with discussion in Indonesian. Print and video material is provided by the teacher. Teachers may be rotated through the class each term to provide a range of voices and perspectives. 

Term dates

Classes follow Victorian school term dates. Dates for 2020 are listed below:

 Term Number of sessions Start date  End date 
 Term 2  8 sessions  Tue 21 April / Thu 23 April
 Tue June / Thu 11 June
 Term 3  8 sessions  Tue 21 July / Thu 23 July  Tue 8 September / Thu 10 September
 Term 4
8 sessions
 Tue 13 Oct / Thu 15 oct
 Tue 8 Dec / Thu 3 Dec


Language class participants must enrol and pay class fees before the start of term. All participants are required to be members of AIAV. Other attractions of membership include monthly conversation evenings (malam ngobrol), talks, dinners, and the bi-monthly AIAV News. If you have not joined yet, you can click here to do so.  

Sorry, but we can't accept payment in instalments or week-by-week. Rates for the online classes are shown below.

 Term  Number of sessions  Full rate
 Term 2
 8 sessions  $240.00
 Term 3
 8 sessions   $240.00  

Refunds: If you can't make it to a class, please contact us to ask about a credit for the following term. We can't give you a cash refund.  


Except for the Elementary 1A and Advanced levels, all classes use one of three textbooks:
Asyik: Indonesian Grammar in Context 1, 2 and 3.


AIAV may have copies for sale. Alternatively you can buy these books online. Some options are given below.

Immersion Courses

Immersion language courses in Indonesia for adults and secondary school students are offered through our affiliate, IndoAustay. For more information see the Immersion Courses page.


For inquiries about language classes, please contact

The following details may be used for written correspondence to the AIAV.  To submit an immediate web inquiry, you can email us on the addresses below or use the Contact Us page to submit a web inquiry:

PO Box 527
Carlton South  VIC 3053
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