Most Australians would either have been to or know someone who has been to Bali. With its beautiful beaches, inexpensive alcohol and alluring nightlife, it's easy to see why so many Australians are drawn to Bali year after year. In fact, Bali is so popular with Australians that it has helped boost Indonesia to the second most visited country by Australian tourists. An astounding 1.2 million Australians visit Indonesia each year. It only trails behind New Zealand as the most visited country by Australians.
However, we know that Indonesia isn't just Bali. There is so much more which this bustling country has to offer. Jakarta - a city with the second largest urban population. Surabaya - one of the oldest port cities in all of South-East Asia. Bandung - home of the "crystal crater": Kawah Putih. Not to mention the food which this amazing country has to offer! A relatively unknown cuisine, Indonesian food borrows heavily from it’s Asian neighbours but places its own spin on the dishes. For example, nasi lemak- a popular Malaysian dish - can now be found in many places throughout Indonesia. All served in a different variety depending on which area of Indonesia you happen to be in. It could be served with an egg and curried chicken in one restaurant and the next time you order it you could find yourself eating variation which uses curried beef and shrimp in chilli sauce.
The official language of Indonesia is Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia) and has over 43 million native speakers spread throughout the world. However, with over 700 languages/dialects within the country, Indonesians are multi-lingual. Many of these languages are localised dialects which are only spoken in certain areas or islands and differ only slightly to the main language of Indonesian.
With over 17,000 islands, 700 languages/dialects and 260 million people - you can see why we believe Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia) is a language worth learning.