About Us

How can you live in a place where you do not speak the language? You will remain a stranger in a city without being able to speak the local language. In the global world such as today, you might think you can live in Indonesia without being able to speak the language.

However, language is not a matter of communication. It is also a symbol to understand a culture. Through a language, you can learn how to feel accepted and appreciate the social condition in that place. Hence, you can live not only to work, but also to enjoy life. Not only will you be able to live your daily life but also to understand the culture, customs and finally the people. Well, you may be lucky enough to be surrounded by English speaking people in the country. However, you cannot always count on them. Therefore, learning Indonesian is crucial.

Payung Bahasa  is one of your survival kits living in Indonesia. Based in Jakarta, we provide you simple ways to learn this beautiful country’s language by delivering the lessons in front of your door steps at your most convenient times. Even better, we also give you the opportunity to know the culture and get in touch with the locals through our experienced trainers and interesting programs. So,speak the language and embrace the people!

Learning a language was a part of our daily lives being students in Faculty of Humanities University of Indonesia. For at least four years, we studied a particular language. One took a deeper interest in Indonesian, one in English, and the other one in Dutch. Linguistics and literature were in our daily menu those days. As young vibrant students, we were eager to apply our knowledge. Hence, we looked for opportunities to teach Indonesian outside the campus. We had the chance to join in an institution that teaches Indonesian for expatriates.

After years of experience, we came to a realization. We felt there was so much more we could do to spread Indonesian as a language. We would also like to give fairer and broader alternatives for Indonesian teachers. This realization comes from that even in a world where everything is so similar, local knowledge still manages to emerge as strength. By teaching Indonesian, we actually get to know Indonesian as a language even better. There are so many things we learned about our own language from teaching. Starting from questions raised by the foreign speakers to their views about Indonesian culture gained from their own experiences. We would like to keep on learning and sharing. We realize that language is a knowledge which needs to be mastered. However, what does knowledge mean without sharing it? For that purpose, we create Payung Bahasa as one of the medium.

We are also fully aware that this is not only about teachers but also about the students. We all are human beings, whose needs are also needed to be taken care of. “It takes only one similar experience for a conversation to last.” Language is one of them. We believe in that since we have experienced ourselves. Sharing the same interest of traveling, the three of us occasionally learned to speak in local languages during our trips (Do you know Indonesia has more than 700 local languages?). We feel that we got friendlier and different responses once we showed interest in learning the local language. No wonder in so many speeches, people often use phrases or sentences in local language to draw attention. We want more and more people to feel the same way as we do. The feeling of being accepted in a new city. The familiarity among strangers.

Why do we call it Payung Bahasa? Payung in English means umbrella, and bahasa means language (language in general not Indonesian language). We use payung because it will become a shelter to learn together. Roem Topatimasang ­–one of education expert in Indonesia- once said that the actual school can occur anywhere and anytime. It does not have to be in a classroom. School is a learning place which has more freedom.

We realize that we still have limitations which make it a bit more formal.  . In its application, we realize we still have some flaws which makes it a bit more formal- though some people prefer so. However, we offer a-two-way learning in each session. That is why we offer private learning since the chemistry between teacher and student is essential in creating a fun learning environment. Though we still offer classroom system, we only offer it in small classes to maintain the teacher’s focus on the students.

Payung Bahasa is a place to share knowledge, other than-of course- gain experiences.  This is an alternative space for you who are interested in Indonesian language and Indonesian culture. Hence, we are welcome you to become a part of us and experience teaching Indonesian for foreign speakers.

Knowledge can be gained anywhere, anytime and from anything. And like the true essence of knowledge, what we gained is best shared. That is what we hold onto.

With the knowledge achieved from linguistic lesson and teaching experiences, we will share it to you who are interest in joining us. Some training will be given free to you before you share it back to your future students. Basic materials will be provided for you and you are more than welcome to develop it.

We have learned a lot from Payung Bahasa. Sharing experiences and cultures with our students have broadened our perspective and confirmed our existing perspective. These various perspectives enrich us as human beings. So, sharing knowledge is our basic principle.

We do not mind being a stepping stone. Self development of each human toward a better opportunity does not need to be held at all. So, if you would like to share and gain knowledge, you can contact us, especially if you have any linguistic background. However if you do not, it is not a limitation for you who are addicted in learning something new. Our training will be one of the solutions.

Meet Our Instructors

Program

Mobility is a tricky in a city like Jakarta. Heavy traffic often discourages you to leave your premises due to time efficiency. Based on that, we provide private Indonesian lessons in your office or home, or training sessions for your expatriate staffs in the office.

Why should you choose us?

  • Customized curriculum with a cultural touch to ensure you achieve your purposes in learning Indonesian, the language and the culture.
  • Flexible programming that allows you to choose the most convenient time and place for your lessons.
  • Highly motivated and qualified teachers with linguistics background who are ready to assist you reaching your goals.

What will you obtain at the end of course?

You will be presented with an individual or a group report and a certificate acknowledging your progress at the conclusion of the course.

Learning simple Indonesian 

Teaching Methods: Direct conversation, role-plays, and interactive games.

Learning Outcomes Themes:

    1. expressions of greetings and farewell
    2. introduce yourself or someone else
    3. talk about nationality
    4. exchange general personal information
    5. talk about occupations
    6. talk about transportation
    7. identify objects, use possessive pronouns, numbers, colors
    8. talk and write briefly about self and family
    9. tell the time
    10. order food
    11. express likes and dislikes
    12. identify and describe food
    13. tell about ‘what’s happening’ and ‘what has happened’
    14. shopping (ask for things in shops and bargaining)
    15. prepositions

Continuing from Basic Level 

Teaching Methods: Direct conversation, writing sentences, reading newspaper headlines and subtitles, role-plays and interactive games.

Learning Outcomes Themes:

    1. talk about hobbies, recreation and sport
    2. prefix men- in Indonesian
    3. prefix pen- in Indonesian
    4. give and respond to orders, requests and prohibitions
    5. make phone calls, order a taxi
    6. give directions
    7. talk about daily routines
    8. talk about past activities and future plans
    9. adverbial phrases
    10. talk about two activities occurring at the same time
    11. talk about something which is happening around the time of speaking
    12. ask someone out
    13. express emotion
    14. describe people
    15. parts of the body, personal descriptions
    16. compare places and/or objects
    17. opinions and suggestions
    18. talk about health and visit the doctor
    19. active and passive sentences

Learning complex Bahasa Indonesia and enhancing vocabulary 
Teaching Methods: Discussions and direct conversations, reading and writing simple letters, and understanding newspaper.

Learning Outcomes Themes:

    1. giving opinions
    2. transitive verb with the prefix meN-
    3. active-passive (voice)
    4. the suffix –kan with transitive meN-
    5. Independent verbs
    6. Independent verbs and the causative –kan
    7. Intransitive verbs with prefix ber-
    8. the suffix –kan with the intransitive ber-
    9. the suffix –I
    10. the derivation of verbs with adjectival bases
    11. The derivation of verbs with noun bases
    12. The derivation of nouns
    13. The derivation of adjectives
    14. The transformation of English into Bahasa Indonesia

We are aware that everybody has different needs. And learning place should not be limiting but facilitating. You can tell us what you need and we will offer you syllabus that can be discussed. We are open to various possibilities.

Here are a few of our experiences in facilitating students needs.

  1. Conversation. This way is normally used for students who have had basic knowledge of Indonesian language but want to be fluent. “I want to speak like locals,” as they said. Usually this method can be applied for students who have completed Intermediate Level and Advanced Level.
  1. Video Call. Some of our students feel the need to learn Indonesian even though they are not located in Jakarta. Space should not be a limitation in learning, especially for people who have deep interest in learning. Therefore, video call becomes a solution for us. The materials will be sent initially for student to be able to be on the same page as the teacher.
  1. Thematic. Some people have a very specific field and want to know that field generally in Indonesian context. For example, based on our experiences, is art. Every field has specific vocabularies. We can help you building those vocabularies, even though it is not included in our original syllabus.
  2. And wea are open to many other possibilities you might need.
+ Basic Level

Learning simple Indonesian 

Teaching Methods: Direct conversation, role-plays, and interactive games.

Learning Outcomes Themes:

    1. expressions of greetings and farewell
    2. introduce yourself or someone else
    3. talk about nationality
    4. exchange general personal information
    5. talk about occupations
    6. talk about transportation
    7. identify objects, use possessive pronouns, numbers, colors
    8. talk and write briefly about self and family
    9. tell the time
    10. order food
    11. express likes and dislikes
    12. identify and describe food
    13. tell about ‘what’s happening’ and ‘what has happened’
    14. shopping (ask for things in shops and bargaining)
    15. prepositions
+ Intermediate Level

Continuing from Basic Level 

Teaching Methods: Direct conversation, writing sentences, reading newspaper headlines and subtitles, role-plays and interactive games.

Learning Outcomes Themes:

    1. talk about hobbies, recreation and sport
    2. prefix men- in Indonesian
    3. prefix pen- in Indonesian
    4. give and respond to orders, requests and prohibitions
    5. make phone calls, order a taxi
    6. give directions
    7. talk about daily routines
    8. talk about past activities and future plans
    9. adverbial phrases
    10. talk about two activities occurring at the same time
    11. talk about something which is happening around the time of speaking
    12. ask someone out
    13. express emotion
    14. describe people
    15. parts of the body, personal descriptions
    16. compare places and/or objects
    17. opinions and suggestions
    18. talk about health and visit the doctor
    19. active and passive sentences
+ Advanced Level

Learning complex Bahasa Indonesia and enhancing vocabulary 
Teaching Methods: Discussions and direct conversations, reading and writing simple letters, and understanding newspaper.

Learning Outcomes Themes:

    1. giving opinions
    2. transitive verb with the prefix meN-
    3. active-passive (voice)
    4. the suffix –kan with transitive meN-
    5. Independent verbs
    6. Independent verbs and the causative –kan
    7. Intransitive verbs with prefix ber-
    8. the suffix –kan with the intransitive ber-
    9. the suffix –I
    10. the derivation of verbs with adjectival bases
    11. The derivation of verbs with noun bases
    12. The derivation of nouns
    13. The derivation of adjectives
    14. The transformation of English into Bahasa Indonesia
+ Tailor-made

We are aware that everybody has different needs. And learning place should not be limiting but facilitating. You can tell us what you need and we will offer you syllabus that can be discussed. We are open to various possibilities.

Here are a few of our experiences in facilitating students needs.

  1. Conversation. This way is normally used for students who have had basic knowledge of Indonesian language but want to be fluent. “I want to speak like locals,” as they said. Usually this method can be applied for students who have completed Intermediate Level and Advanced Level.
  1. Video Call. Some of our students feel the need to learn Indonesian even though they are not located in Jakarta. Space should not be a limitation in learning, especially for people who have deep interest in learning. Therefore, video call becomes a solution for us. The materials will be sent initially for student to be able to be on the same page as the teacher.
  1. Thematic. Some people have a very specific field and want to know that field generally in Indonesian context. For example, based on our experiences, is art. Every field has specific vocabularies. We can help you building those vocabularies, even though it is not included in our original syllabus.
  2. And wea are open to many other possibilities you might need.

Fee

Our Indonesian program is available at Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Ideally, each level is to be completed in approximately 30 hours /20 lessons with 1.5 hours duration on each meeting. Our main goal is to reach your main purpose of learning Indonesian: living in a city where you feel comfortable in since you speak the language and understand the culture. . Therefore, we customize our curriculum with each of your learning purposes.

Group

Private (1 persons)

2 persons

3 persons

4 persons

5 persons or more

Fee/Hour/Person

Rp. 180.000,-

Rp. 150.000,-

Rp. 120.000,-

Rp. 105.000,-

Rp. 90.000,-

*Transportation Fee : Rp. 50.000,- per session

*Materials

Students may purchase the appropriate workbook for each level only at a cost of Rp. 150.000,-

How can you apply?

If you have any inquiries need more information, or wish to organize individual or group course for yourself, your family, or your expatriate staff, please contact Amalia Puri Handayani at:

  • phone : +62816 1313 350
  • e-mail : info@payungbahasa.com or payung.bahasa@yahoo.com

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Points to Note

  1. Filling the attendance is obligatory for both student and teacher once each session is completed.
  2. All Indonesian courses must be invoiced and prepaid before the lessons start.
  3. Sessions can be rescheduled or postponed 12 (twelve) hours before the lesson. If the cancellation occurs once the teacher is already on their way to your premises,it will result in lessons being billed to the client
  4. Student may not give his/her timeslot to other person.
  5. Private lessons for male clients (one-to-one) require a third person to be present.  Our teacher has the right to walk away from any situation in which she may feel uncomfortable or threatened.
  6. Should there be a need for a replacement teacher, a notification (verbal or written) of at least 1 week is required.
  7. Each student will receive a certificate at the end of each level.
  8. Students have to study according to the class that they have chosen. If the student takes a private class, he/she cannot ask other persons to join in the class.
  9. For a group class (start from 2 persons) an absent from one student will still be counted as present, since the payment are made for one group.
  10. The lesson credits you purchased are valid 1 (one) year since the first session took place. Had you passed this period, the remaining credits will be expired and non refundable.
  11. Students are hoped to give review for the program and teacher once the sessions are completed in order to keep improving our service.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Mobility is a tricky in a city like Jakarta. Heavy traffic often discourages you to leave your premises due to time efficiency. Based on that, we provide private Indonesian lessons in your office or home, or training sessions for your expatriate staffs in the office..

Why should you choose us?

  • Customized curriculum with a cultural touch to ensure you achieve your purposes in learning Indonesian, the language and the culture.
  • Flexible programming that allows you to choose the most convenient time and place for your lessons.
  • Highly motivated and qualified teachers with linguistics background who are ready to assist you reaching your goals.

What will you obtain at the end of course?

You will be presented with an individual or a group report and a certificate acknowledging your progress at the conclusion of the course.

Contact

We love to talk to you!

When it comes to sharing knowledge, we do not mind the busy schedule, just contact us. If you have any question, opinion, or enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact us. Drop your mail in our inbox:

info@payungbahasa.com

payung.bahasa@yahoo.com

Or, you can also contact us at:

0816 1313 350 with Amalia

0816 143 8866 with Marissa

0878 8988 5727 with Anggie