(Friday Post) : Similar but Different – Indonesian and Malaysian


This is what I think when for the first time I met Malaysians. Physically we are identical. Linguistically we can say mutually intelligible, our languages are derived from the same root, High Malay which developed from Johor-Riau Sultanate (divided into Malaysia-Singapore-Indonesia nowadays). Most of the time we can understand each other, but there are several…

Weekly Writing Challenge : Between Ik and Jij


I am from Indonesia, live in Indonesia and genetically bilingual since I was younger. I am raised up speaking two languages naturally, natively but sometimes mix each other. Bahasa Indonesia and Javanese (Basa Jawa). English is my third language and others come one by one. This challenge reminds me something about my own language. Indonesia…

(Language Note) : Between Bahasa Indonesia & Tagalog/Filipino


I love to learn many languages, even though not totally into it. For me, learning many languages can bring me into more knowledgeable and at least I understand what they say or write passively. In this note, I only share about my experience comparing between my national language, Indonesian (or people often say ‘Bahasa’), and…

(Cerita Fiksi Lama) : Sore di Masjid Nurul Fatimah


Masjid Nurul Fatimah. Masjid ini berada disebuah perkampungan yang ramai. Masjid ini nampak megah, berdiri di lahan seluas 800 meter persegi, tanah wakaf milih Almarhum Haji Usman yang dihibahkan 10 tahun lalu. Sehari-hari ada saja kegiatan yang dilaksanakan di masjid ini. Adzan berkumandang, tapi jamaah yang datang malah berkumpul di teras masjid nan dingin berdekatan…

(Today’s Note) : Languages I wish to Learn


Only short notes but hopefully It will work….. If I have got a chance to study more languages, I’d like to develop the following languages (based on language families). Afro-Asiatic (Semitic Branch) : Deepened Arabic since exposed at school. Austronesian languages : More about Filipino, Cebuano, Winaray, Kapampangan or Ilocano (at least I know some…

(Cerpen Lama) : KOSAKATA


Bahasa itu ibarat sungai Dapat mengalir dengan tenang Namun kadang mengganas Menghempas semua yang didepannya Salim menuliskan bait-bait puisi pendek itu diatas kertas kerjanya. Mengetuk-ngetukkan pensil diatas meja sambil sesekali menggaruk kepala keritingnya yang nampak berantakan. Dia masih harus mengurus penempahan kamar hotel bagi para klien atasannya yang akan datang besok hari. Salim merasa gelisah…

Language, Love and Me (Introduction)


Dear all, For those who have known me…let me re-introduce myself again. I am still newbie in this blog, and let me share more about what I know, feel, think and get in this new home. I am a teacher in a Semarang-based international school. Formerly I was English instructor, but now I am teaching…