February 9, 2010

Everyday Balinese

Om Swastyastu!

Here are a few sentences about myself using the words and grammar from yesterday. Parab tiangé ʻAnalū. Tiang dados guru. Tiang meneng ring Jepang. Did everyone understand? If not, check out my post from yesterday.

I am very busy everyday but if possible I would like to post as often here as possible. Trying to post new vocabulary, grammar and example sentences every time would be way too much for me. I plan to only post those things more or less once a week. In my other posts I want to share what little knowledge I have about Bali, introducing some of my favorite links or just writing about my thoughts. Today is sort of the culture day and I have chosen to write about the textbook which I am using because it is very precious to me since it contains a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be used.

This is the textbook that I am using.

The title is Everyday Balinese written by I Gusti Made Sutjaja and can be found here at Amazon or any other online bookstore. Amazon has the book listed at $12. Thinking about the contents, I would have paid even double for it. If you take a look at the book on Amazon you can use the Click to Look Inside feature and get a better idea of what the book looks like. It was first published in 2009 and has 192 pages. The book is divided into 23 lessons giving the lumrah or common speech level, the alus or refined speech level along with the Indonesian and English translations. The book does have some grammar points, but there are quite concise and anyone with a working knowledge of Indonesian will probably find the textbook more than easy enough to understand. The subjects in the lessons look geared towards tourists. Here are is the full list of titles of each chapter: Who are you? What is this? What is that? Where are you going? Who is this? What kind of dog is this? Where's the sea around here? When are you going to the mountain? What food is this? How many days will you be away? What day is it today? Where may I sit? Why did you go out just now? Why are you looking so sad? May I? When is he coming? What's up? Which are you going to buy? How many do you have? What's the name of that lake? Is there a shop here? Do you want to learn to write the Balinese script? What animal is that? After all of these lessons, there are a few appendices: Names of Days, Ordinal Numbers, Greetings, followed by a Handy Dictionary. Well, this is the book! My precious textbook! The book which will be teaching me the basics of basa Bali!


1 comment:

  1. using the textbook to learn is good, but it's will be more greet if we learn with original Balinese. might be we would add the new knowledge about BASA BALI if we speak with Balinese too...