Indonesian is the language of our nearest neighbour. Australians who enjoy surfing, or who enjoy beautiful music and dancing and wonderful food, love visiting Indonesia, and many of them visit again and again.
Indonesia is a diverse country with many different cultures. Some are primitive, some are ancient and yet sophisticated. Indonesia is a fascinating place and learning the language is a great way to get to know this country better.
"We have a saying in Indonesia, 'tak kenal maka tak sayang'. This means that if we do not know each other then we would not care for each other. Knowing more of each other's needs, views and thoughts is an important building block in our relationship."
Indonesian Students' Association (PPIA) submission, May 2013.