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Apr
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comment 31 days in Indonesia
I don't know if the 'advertisment' is appropriate, here,but "La Boheme" in Gili Trawangan is one of the best Hostels I've been to. However, Gili Trawangan is a "party island".
Apr
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comment 31 days in Indonesia
I would say that planes in Indonesia are convenient (if not carbon friendly) but island hoping by boat is time consuming and quiet unpredictable (or expensive, depending what boat you take)
Apr
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answered 31 days in Indonesia
Apr
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comment 31 days in Indonesia
First of all,be aware that you probably have a 30 days visa. In fact, most country would call this a 29 days visa. You can extend it (once) if you go to the imigration office(about $20) or accept to pay some overstay (I think $15/day)
Mar
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revised City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?
more Location near KL
Nov
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comment City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?
In fact, there is almost no native languages in peninsular Malaysia. (modern) Malay came 1000 years ago and culturally wiped out everything. It is estimated only 50 000 people speak an "aslian"language (that is ANY native language other than Malay)
Nov
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comment Books in Malaysian language in Kuala Lumpur
In English, this language is called "Malay"In Malaysia, it is called "Bahasa melayu", in Indonesia it is called "Bahasa malaysia". In Indonesia, the word "melayu" specifically refers to the Malay people of Indonesia (Mostly living in Riau). In Malaysia, the word "melayu"means both "Malay" and "Malaysian"; as far as I know, the word "Malaysia" does not exist in Malaysian Malay.
Nov
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revised City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?
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revised City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?
include the comment about Teluk Bahang in the answer
Nov
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comment City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?
You can also stay in a Malay village next to a big chinese city. For example in Penang you will find the village of "Teluk Bahang" 1 hour away from Georgetown. It is next to the natural reserve and you can rent a room for 18 ringit (fisherman guesthouse). There is also an old hippy community but I forgot the name.
Nov
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answered City in Peninsular Malaysia to immerse in Malay language?
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answered Extension of Indonesian tourist visa
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answered Airline compensation for failure to check visa eligibility?
Aug
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comment As a native English speaker, which two further languages would give me the most travel utility worldwide?
@hippietrail I did try to learn Madarin. 6 month quiet seriously in France. Then I travelled 4 month in Taiwan (I admit I had no will anymore to learn). The tones are not only hard to pronounce. They also mess up your (at least mine) hearing when they speak at normal speed. I expect a syllable and they give me a tune. Also, I was 36 yo when I began; certainly doesn't help. While in Taiwan, I was surprised to accidentally learn the alphabet
Aug
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comment As a native English speaker, which two further languages would give me the most travel utility worldwide?
@row1 Of course, I don't mean you can talk in Malay about Nietzsche philosophy with any Chinese people. I mean it twice helped me to order some food (They were not speaking English at all and could speak some Malay)
Aug
19
revised As a native English speaker, which two further languages would give me the most travel utility worldwide?
The question already specify he is a native english speaker
Aug
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comment As a native English speaker, which two further languages would give me the most travel utility worldwide?
@row1 About Singapore, I may had over-stress it. Some native Singapore Chinese with lower education can speak Malay (street language) without speaking English (academic). About Taiwan, I am sorry to be undiplomatic, but you are plain wrong. Many travelers don't realize that, while travelling, they stay within some kind of academic elite. The English level of normal Taiwanese is abyssal; similar to Indonesian people. In Hua Lien, the group of Phd level student I meet was embarrassingly bad at English (and to embarrass a French with bad English you have to be REALLY bad)