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East Jakarta ‘kampung’ teaches foreigners to understand Indonesians

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, July 5, 2019   /  03:12 pm
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Foreigners learn the Indonesian language through songs with local children at Kampung Bahasa Bloombank (Bloombank language kampung) in Ciracas, East Jakarta, during a summer camp on June 23.(Courtesy of/Kampung Bahasa Bloombank)

Language is a “window” to understand human nature, so say linguists, and a woman in East Jakarta has provided the window for those who want or need to understand Indonesian people. Kampung Bahasa Bloombank (Bloombank language kampung) in Ciracas is the place where foreigners could learn not only Bahasa Indonesia but other aspects of Indonesians. The owner, former lecturer Niknik Kurtanto, decorates the establishment on a 7,500-square-meter plot of land with ornaments belonging to various local cultures. There are angklung (bamboo music instruments), traditional clothes like kebaya and koteka and Balinese statues. Not only are there plenty of trees to make the area tranquil and pleasing to the eyes, there is also a fish pond in the middle that is rented out to the public for angling. That morning, a 21-year-old South Korean, Nam Kee Hyeon, was attentively listening...