I Suddenly Know How to Speak Indonesian

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. 

Nelson Mandela

Last Wednesday, I tagged along a group of composers, musicians from The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur on a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village.

There, I decided to interview an Indonesian composer Yohanes Subowo.

To my own surprise, I found myself conversing with him in broken Indonesian Malay. For your information, there are differences between Indonesian and Malaysian Malay such as in accents, verbs and vocabulary.

I was bumped that I couldn’t speak fluently with him and beat myself for at least equip myself with a bit of Indonesian vocabulary beforehand.

But thankfully the interview went well and I pretty much got what I want from him.

Pak Bowo, Terima Kasih bapak!

Check out the article how well I translated his Indonesian into this English article.

Note to self: Learn to speak more languages from now.

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