Why?:It's worth learning Bahasa Indonesia

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Don't be afraid of this doodle! Fortunately, Indonesian alphabet is now obsolete and enlightened Indonesians have already converted to Latin alphabet! That's another reason for learning Bahasa Indonesia!

And finally you've noticed that all your friends learn a foreign language and you've wasted your precious time in front of computer? I think that's the perfect time to change your boring lifestyle of geek and instead of playing idiotic games all day you should start to learn a new language. It's always worth an effort. But... there are hundreds of known languages in this weird world. And You need to make this crucial decision - to choose the language you will be learning for next years. At this time people are usually afraid of possibly wasted time. But don't you waste time playing computer games? But of course, I agree on that you should choose once and not to change a language you learn. And here I come. I'd like to present you several reasons to encourage you to learn the noble Bahasa Indonesia!

Reason one[edit | edit source]

If you knew Bahasa Indonesia you would become part of the wonderful Indonesian community!

The first and absolutely obvious reason to learn Bahasa Indonesia is to dramatically increase your prestige in the community. Think about it. Your friends learn some boring and common languages like French, German, Spanish and Italian. Some others learn those that used to be unpopular several years ago, but learning Japanese language is nothing exceptional nowadays. But do you know anyone who learns Bahasa Indonesia? I bet you don't! Oh, of course there are many 'forgotten' languages but look, Arabic has an absolutely fucked up writing system, Swahili, Croatian and Georgian have too many unpronounceable consonant clusters. So what is the only normal but still exotic language that remains? Bahasa Indonesia! It's obvious when you think of it.

Supplement to reason one[edit | edit source]

Learning Bahasa Indonesia has some advantages over learning the other languages. If you live in a Western country, you don't have to be really good at learning the language. You may simply do some characteristic sounds which would include a lot of l, h and s divided by some vowels. That can make an impression you are able to speak fluent Bahasa Indonesia! However you should reconsider that kind of behavior - nobody likes a show-off.

Reason two[edit | edit source]

As I mentioned, neither your friends nor enemies know Bahasa Indonesia. Therefore, after you have learnt Bahasa Indonesia, you will be able to insult them in language they won't understand! And they won't know about it! You're probably a skinny geek or you wouldn't waste so much time on the internet. You never insult people in your native language because bullies would beat you up. And insulting anybody in Bahasa Indonesia is something you could talk about to your grandchildren!

Reason three[edit | edit source]

People experience many different adventures during their long life. For example, you may accidentally get into organized crime group, it can happen to anyone. Then your friends are busted by cops. What should you do? The obvious solution is an escape to another country (witnessing against your friends is NOT a good option). Wherever you go, you needs to know the language, otherwise you're screwed. Imagine arriving in Brazil without even being able to ask for directions in Brazilite... Brazilish... Brazilenese, yes, that's the word. After a few hours someone calls police because some fucking foreigner is screwing around. The policemen arrest you and you are extradited back to your country. But if you knew Bahasa Indonesia, you would escape to Indonesia and live there as any other foreigner that wanted to move to this wonderful country full of freedom and happiness.

Reason four[edit | edit source]

Poor Orangutannie waits for your help...

There are about 500 channels available via a typical satellite decoder; 70 of them are blocked and 350 are in foreign languages no one speaks - like German, Italic or Chinese. If you knew Bahasa Indonesia you would gain additional channels as you would understand what they're talking about on Indonesian channels. You would learn how to worship magnificent Indonesian leader - Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono!

Reason five[edit | edit source]

Orangutans are critically endangered species! You need to save those noble apes! Do you know where they live? On Indonesian islands! You need to learn Bahasa Indonesia, then travel to Sumatra and help to save them from the scientists who want to experiment on them and the other local residents who just want to eat the bits the scientists on't need any more. You can become the Orangutan Saviour! Only if you know Bahasa Indonesia.

Reason six[edit | edit source]

Oh, I would forget about the most important thing. Do you understand that speaking Bahasa Indonesia can give you a nice job not only to the time you retire but maybe to the end of your life? Do you know any translator of Indonesia-your language and vice versa? You would be the only one. Of course, you may still dream about being a rockstar or the new Brett Favre, but I have to cruelly tell you the truth: dreams never come true. You won't be a politician or a billionaire either. Your life will suck. But you can have a nice life as a translator of an unpopular to learn language. Consider those options but actually, if you will stick to your hopeless dreams, I will be truly shocked.

Reason seven[edit | edit source]

Now I have some Bahasa Indonesia trivia for you.

  • Did you know that over 200 million people speak this language?
  • But I'm sure you didn't know that there are only 17 million native speakers of Bahasa Indonesia.
  • And that means that 183 million people will understand what you say without being able to laugh at your accent because theirs is even worse.

Do you see this? Just go and learn. Nobody will see your incompetence!

Reason eight[edit | edit source]

Yes, you can learn Bahasa Indonesia!

If I still didn't convince you, I have something extra that will break your stubborn attitude. Barack Obama speaks Bahasa Indonesia! Wouldn't you like to be as wonderful as the American president?! Of course you would! You've already have bought Portuguese Water Dog, exactly the same as Obama's. And, moreover, you painted your house white! Is there anything else you can do to be more similar to Obama!? Yes! You learn Bahasa Indonesia, learn it quickly and learn it now!

Reason nine[edit | edit source]

One of the most important reasons for learning Bahasa Indonesia is, that one can amuse Malaysians and Malaysians can amuse you.

The Malaysian and Indonesian languages are very similar, but there are quite some differences between them as well, which is often a source of laughter and ridicule. Many Indonesians who visit Malaysia will therefore speak English instead of Bahasa Indonesia, as they are afraid they will be laughed at when the do speak Bahasa Indonesia.

To give an example: toilet in Malaysian can be bilik air or tandas, but in Indonesian it can be either kamar kecil, toilet or WC. Imagine one needs one urgently and wants to ask where it is...

A famous Indonesian quote from an unknown citizen is: Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia? We have so many kuala lumpurs in Indonesia!

Summary[edit | edit source]

Still wondering whether learning Bahasa Indonesia is worth it? Then you're an idiot. Well.. you are the geek so... OK, I tried. I know I didn't persuade you to take up learning Bahasa Indonesia but at least I tried to change your shitty life! You play World of Warcraft and Half Life 20 hours a day! Look at yourself! If you knew Bahasa Indonesia you would maybe even impress some neat girl?! Who knows?! But now not! It's all lost! Get back to your (no) life.

I really wanted to help you...

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