There's this perception out there that Indonesian is really easy to learn. And in many ways, it is. No tenses, no masculine/feminine.
But I've been here four months, been taking classes (albeit extremely casually) for a couple of months now, and my Indonesian still really really sucks. I haven't put in a huge amount of practise, but yeah. Progress is slow.
This was proven today in a particularly sad way.
I decided, while flicking channels, that maybe the show Dora the Explorer, with a target audience of two-year-olds, would probably be around my level of comprehension.
But I couldn't understand a thing that they said!
I was sitting there, scratching my head, wondering why the hell they were riding on a whale. Dora talked so quickly!!! I was so confused.
The other day, I said something particularly stupid.
My taxi driver said something that had the word Obama in. I assumed he was asking me if I liked Obama or something. I didn't really hear what else he said.
"Ya! Suka Obama. Malam ini, saya mau pergi ke Mariott dan melihat inauguration untuk Banana. Shit, I mean Obama."
I was concentrating so hard on the Indonesian, I called the incoming US President "Banana". How sad.