Bandar Lampung House Tour

— By Sarahann Yeh — I live in a small, neon green house nestled in the outskirts of Bandar Lampung city on Sumatra island. On my street, homes are painted bright blue, pink, yellow, and daring orange. The yards are snug, and the roads are large enough for one car, but not two. In the…

Life in Indonesia, One Breath at a Time

— By Ramon Caleon — Breathe in. Breathe out. As if reciting a mantra, I repeat these words three times to my student. She follows suit with inhales and exhales. She’s nervous, and for good reason. She’s about to deliver a five-minute speech on globalization at the English Days Competition, a province-wide English Club competition organized by…

What are your pronouns?

— By Rebecca Selin — Let’s talk about pronouns. Yes, those little words like you, me, he, she, zee, they, hirs, etc. I’m no linguist, but Indonesia may be the world capital of pronouns. There are (at least) three first-person pronouns and dozens of possible second-person pronouns (I say “possible” because titles can also function…