The Straight Dope
By James Alley and Harlan Thompson
The Straight Dope is the name given to a series of language guides available to those interested in modern, particularly colloquial, Indonesian. Whether new to Indonesian or a dedicated student of the language, you will, I hope, find the Dope either pleasant to peruse or an invaluable resource, or both. The following documents, designed to be printed and carried around, are available for free downloading in Adobe's Acrobat Portable Document Format (pdf):
- The Straight Dope on Bahasa Indonesia. A 20 page, 145K linked pdf to clue you in on what's hot and what's not to help you sift through Indonesian's 30,000+ word lexicon. For more detailed information, read first the Introduction.
- The Straight Dope on Food. A three page, 119K pdf guide to all those strange items on Indonesian menus, plus some tools for intelligent communication with your "chef".
- The Straight Dope on Bahasa Kupang. A three page, 145K pdf guide to the hip, hick and Italian-sounding dialect of the Kupang regency.
View a screenshot of The Dope as it appears in PDF (17K GIF)
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Your suggestions and comments on the Dope are welcome.
If you have spoken Indonesian for a year or more, challenge yourself with my latest Teka Teki Silang creations: TTS Politik and TTS Olympiade (both just 17K and in pdf).
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