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David Goldsworthy's Blog
Writings on Indonesia (and Java), things Indonesian (and Javanese), and anything else
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  • How To Act Indonesian 8 months ago Here's an interesting and amazingly accurate series of short videos on 'How To Act Indonesian'.
  • Sarunai Tapanuli 9 months ago In my previous post I showed a picture of a musical instrument called a 'sarunai' which comes from the Batak Tapanuli region of Sumatera. It is a small woodwind instrument with a single reed with a sound very much like many of the single-reed bagpipes of Eastern Europe.I first encountered this...
  • Kayu Hitam 9 months ago Kayu Hitam, better known in English as Ebony has a long history of use as a highly-valued exotic wood prized for its colour and also its tonal qualities when used for woodwind instruments. Here in the west we are accustomed to seeing the very dark, almost black wood on pianos, violin tuning pegs,...
  • To think 'English as global lingua franca is enough' is a catastrophic mistake 1 year ago In a broadcast on ABC Radio National on Saturday, Sept 8, Kishore Mahbubani, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, made the following points in relation to Australian attitudes towards our place in Asia...
  • Indonesian is one of the most difficult languages to learn II 1 year ago Following on from my previous post, which I should add was a response to a comment made on a forum that Indonesian is an easy language to learn, the following is a second response to add more clarification to my initial point:My point is, it's the difference between the vagueness of Indonesian (I...

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