I have decided to try to learn Indonesian on my own, so I have a couple of questions. For starters, what (ideally free) resources are available to one who wants to learn Indonesian to college class level fluency? I am currently paying for college and my college does not offer a class on the language; I would highly prefer not to spend my money if it isn't needed.

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    Where are you located, and what other language(s) do you speak? Could be good to know for answering your question. – AML Sep 18 '18 at 23:29
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    @AML I live in the US, NY and the only language I speak is Italian due to my whole mothers side of the family, my mother is Italian but born here and knowing Italian doesn't help me in the slightest. To understand some Spanish words or something else is a different story. – DigitalOddity Sep 19 '18 at 0:49
  • What do you mean about understanding some Spanish words? Are you finding Italian useful in understanding some Spanish words? – Robert Columbia Sep 20 '18 at 11:56
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    @RobertColumbia yes that is precisely what I mean how the languages work and the words are not too far from each other, not on a grand scale at least. – DigitalOddity Sep 20 '18 at 12:23

Duolingo has an Indonesian course. I've found Duolingo helpful for learning a different language.

There's a 2000 Indonesian Words course on Memrise.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison has a collection of online sources.

There's IndonesianPod101.

You can browse the tag on this site (not much at this point).

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    Thank you these places certainly are a great start and yeah I searched through the tag before hand and I had found one other post I believe, there really isn't much right now – DigitalOddity Sep 20 '18 at 12:52
  • Duo Indonesian course is good. A very good start. I suggest you, both the English -> Indonesian and the Indonesian -> English course, on Duo. – Quidam Oct 15 '19 at 15:30

There is a wikibook, I've used it to bootstrap my learning process.

You can try online lessons with Italki, the teachers are darn cheap, and some are good. Be careful with your money, though, you won't see it again. What they call a "refund" is simply an option to book a lesson with another teacher. Read their terms of service carefully, they are quite draconian.

One more thing to consider: there's a lot of slang used, notably in chat apps. For that reason, an Indonesian teacher is necessary.

I'm not sure about the quality of Indonesian in Duolingo, but Spanish was a complete crap.

I've spent 7 weeks in Indonesia and speaking Bahasa Indonesia on daily basis after a few months of learning before the trip.

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