Learning Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)

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Before departing my mentor asked me, “What are your goals for this trip?”  An innocuous question uttered with piercing intent, or at least from the lips of a man whom I know to value every word.  He is a poet. At the time I was embarrassed and surprised to find I couldn’t answer the question.  To most, I could come up with a sly, passable statement that would satisfy, and probably inspire.  To him, I…

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Linguistic Perspective

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My introduction to the study of linguistics came from my friend and fellow Cal lacrosse player, Kevin, who also happens to be the most intelligent man I know.  Four years ago we were sitting in front of the Golden Bear Café eating sandwiches from Cheese & Stuff, “turkey, no cheese, everything, no pickles, no mustard, thanks Sam.” He was going on about a genius professor we had each heard speak by the name of George…

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