It’s Wednesday evening and I’m a good half-way through my five day “minimmersion” in the Indonesian language, here in Yogyakarta on the island of Java. The day began, as yesterday, with a 45 minute lesson via skype where we dealt with ways of saying “have” and some important “classroom” vocabulary (table, chair, pencil, pen and so on).
Then it was over to the language school where my teacher for the day (my third, and final, new teacher there) taught me the colours. We also reinforced the work we’ve been doing on the most important questions words (who, what, how and so on).
When I came out through the reception and lounging area of the school, people were watching the results coming in from the US presidential elections and it was looking like a shock Trump victory. As the election was called (mid-afternoon here) it was a bit difficult for me to focus, but I managed an hour and a quarter’s work on vocab this afternoon too.
I’m keeping these daily updates light on the language learning side….the vlogging is the main thing while I’m here. It’ll take time to pull together actionable conclusions from the whole experience and I’ll offer those when I’m back home.
I was hoping the rain would ease of, but it didn’t. Early evening I cabbed it down to the centre of Yogya bound for the tourist office (turned out to be closed) and the main mall, where I checked out the main bookshop in town. Some more taking in of the atmosphere in the rainy streets before coming back north to my hotel and going out for egg fried rice.
Tomorrow Johan, my teacher from the first day, is back on my case. My lesson online with Zacky is in the afternoon and I hope to have more time to explore the city.