Voice of Indonesia presents “Let’s Speak Bahasa Indonesia,” a lesson in the Indonesian language on the radio, introducing some Indonesian vocabulary and tips on how to use it in a conversation. This segment is a joint initiative of Voice of Indonesia and the Language Development and Cultivation Agency at the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.  Today’s topic is  ‘Office Hours’ or Jam Kerja.

Next is a conversation about Jam Kerja  or  ‘Office Hours’. Tony and Endah are talking about Joko’s work.

Tony          Di sini biasanya mulai kerja jam berapa ?

Endah       Rata-rata mulai jam 7.30 dan selesai jam 4 sore.

Tony          : Istirahat jam berapa ?

Endah        : Istirahat jam dua belas sampai jam satu

Tony          : Oh, jadi, istirahat satu jam, ya ?

Endah        : Ya.

After the conversation, now I’m going to introduce some vocabularies and expressions related to the topic today. I’ll say each word slowly and twice, you can follow after me.

Di sini jam berapa biasanya mulai kerja?

2X which means

What time does it usually start working here?

Rata-rata mulai jam 7.30 dan selesai jam 4 sore


It usually starts at 7.30 a.m until 4 p.m

Istirahat  jam berapa ?


What’s the time to take a break?

Istirahat jam dua belas sampai jam satu


The break is at 12.00 to 13.00 o’clock.

Oh, jadi istirahat satu jam, ya ?


Oh, it is only one hour for the break, right?

In the dialogue, Tony said Di sini biasanya mulai kerja jam berapa?. The word biasanya is an adverb that shows frequency. Here are next adverbs that show frequency: selalu (always), biasanya (usually), sering (often), kadang-kadang (sometimes), jarang (rarely) and tidak pernah (never).

For examples:

-      Saya selalu berangkat kerja pukul tujuh. (I always go to work at 7 o’clock.)

-      Mereka biasanya pulang kerja jam 4 sore. (They usually go home at 4 p.m.)

-      Aku sering pergi ke sekolah jam tujuh. (I often go to school at 7 o’clock.)

-      Dia kadang-kadang pulang jam sepuluh malam. (Sometimes he comes home at 10 p.m.)

-      Tony jarang datang terlambat.  (Tony rarely comes late.)

Actually, there are still other kinds of adverbs but the words selalu, biasanya, sering, kadang-kadang dan tidak pernah  are often used in daily conversation.


As many as 120 Malaysian students learn Malay poetry and culture in Tanjungpinang, Riau islands. A 3-day training program was conducted by Cultural Value Conservation Center and Local Culture and Tourism Office. Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Tanjungpinang, Surjadi, in Tanjungpinang, on Sunday (16/6) said that one of the poetries which is learnt, is gurindam 12, poetry on kindness in life attract the attention of the students. The first event which is held in Tanjungpinang, attract students’ attention since it is similar to the art and culture of Malaysia. The historical fact indicates Malay culture is inherited from Riau-Lingga-Pahang Kingdom on Penyengat Island. Therefore, those students are invited to visit Penyengat island which is rich on Malay history.

Garut regent, Rudy Gunawan stated that a number of typical handicraft products from Garut, West Java will get an opportunity to participate in Handicraft Product Exhibition in England which will give advantages for craftsmen as well as introducing Garut in England. Regent Rudy Gunawan when inauguration the new manager of Regional National Handicraft Council of Garut in Garut, on Monday (18/6) said that Indonesian Embassy in England invited Garut regency to participate in an exhibition which will be held in London on September 6-7, 2019by displaying Garut products. The regent hopes the prestigious exhibition in England is participated in by the mainstay craftsmen from Garut so that Garut products are more known abroad and attract foreign investors to Garut.

Alusi Au dance from North Sumatera was performed in Denmark. Indonesian Ambassador to Denmark, M. Ibnu Said, in his speech in front of foreign ambassadors to Denmark and visitors when opening Indonesian Bazaar and Cultural Day 2019, on Saturday (15/6) in Copenhagen said that the main goal in the implementation of the event is to strengthen people-to-people contact among Indonesian people, Denmark citizens, and international communities in Denmark. Not only Indonesian culture, but various Indonesia culinary is also attracted the visitors. In addition, the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen also cooperates with travel agency of Travel2Bali and travel specialist Denmark, Lars Faursholt, to conduct presentation and promotion of Indonesian tourism to Denmark Citizens.


ASEAN leaders will again hold High Level Conference in 2019. The ASEAN Summit which will be held starting from June 20 in Bangkok, Thailand takes the theme "advancing partnership for sustainability". Thailand's decision or determination to host the summit took place about a year ago at the ASEAN Summit that took place in Singapore. Attention is certainly not solely on the relay of ASEAN leadership and the determination of Thailand as the host, but more importantly is the essence of the results of the 2019 Summit. The theme, strengthening partnerships for the sustainability of ASEAN economic growth, is interesting to note. Data shows that the ASEAN economy is currently in the top six in the world. The opportunity to continue to increase is certainly wide open. In fact, Thailand is optimistic that by 2030, the ASEAN economy will rise to become one of the world's top four in the economic field. Opportunities to continue to grow is along with various challenges. The dynamics of the global economy that are colored by the occurrence of trade wars between China and the United States, need to be anticipated. The political dynamics both within ASEAN and in other regions have become a challenge for ASEAN. It cannot be denied, that external economic and political dynamics will still have an influence on ASEAN's economic future. Apart from that among several ASEAN countries themselves, the issue of the South China Sea also still requires attention. In such a perspective, the ASEAN Summit in Thailand, which is about to begin, needs to get attention. Not just the formulation of the declaration but the commitment of the ASEAN leaders to bring it to reality.


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The Indonesian rowing team managed to become the overall champion in the 2019 China-ASEAN international dragon boat championship which ended in Nanning, Guangxi Province, China last weekend.As quoted by Antara on weekend, Indonesian team official, Ripka Widjaja said that in the 200- meter match, 22 Indonesian crews finished in first place, beating other participants from China and ASEAN countries. 64 teams participated in the race in the 200-meter distance participated in by both the 12 clubs and 22 crew, including China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and Indonesia.

Indonesian men's singles Jonatan Christie won the Australian Open badminton tournament on Sunday (9/6) after defeating his country counterpart, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the All Indonesia final. As reported by the official BWF website on Sunday, Jojo who is the third seed in the tournament took 1 hour 7 minutes to conquer Ginting, as the second seed, in three games 21-17 13-21 21-14. The result became Jojo's third victory against his compatriots in five meetings. The victory is the Jojo's title for the second time this year after previously winning the New Zealand Open in May.Meanwhile, other Indonesian representatives in the final, mixed doubles, Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktaviati had to recognize the mixed doubles of China's first seed Wang Yilyu / Huang Dongping in two games 15-21 8-21 within 35 minutes.

Indonesian athlete Eki Febri Ekawati won a bronze medal at the second Asian Athletics Grand Prix series in Chongqing, China on Friday night local time.Quoted from Instagram, the Indonesian Central Athletics Association (PASI) on Saturday (8/9), Eki Febri finished third with a throw of 15.25 meters. The first and second positions were won by Chin host athletes, respectively Ka Bian with 17.01 meters, and Song Jiayuan 16.73 meters.Earlier in the first series on Tuesday (4/6), the 4x100m relay team managed to contribute a bronze medal with a record time of 39.61 seconds.

The 23rd Indonesian President's Cup International Championship committee stated that currently, there are 300 boxers from 27 countries that will compete in Labuan Bajo on July 22-29 2019. Chairman of the Indonesian Amateur Boxing Association (Pertina) Brigadier General Pol. Johni Asadoma, who is also the Deputy Chief of Regional Police of NTT, told Antara in Kupang on Tuesday (11/6) that currently, the number of boxers has increased to 300 participants. A number of countries that sent participants are Afghanistan, the United States, Australia, China, Taipei China, Gambia, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Thailand.Johni Asadoma hopes that with the increasing number of participants, the international boxing championship is in accordance with the PB Pertina Work Program of 2019 and the World Boxing Association (AIBA) Championship or World Boxing Calendar. In addition, the Committee already has 22 Referees / International Judges, and 8 international officers.He added that the categories and classes to be contested in the international boxing championship are 7 classes in the category of men and women.