A funny hands-on Indonesian language card game for Bali travellers.

No background knowledge required.

Ages 14+

Time 30-60 min

Players 4 to 20+


Bintongue card game


Bintongue Australia singlet - white




Bintongue Australia singlet - black




Bintongue Australia hoodie - white




Bintongue Australia hoodie - black





Hi. My name is Ali and I live in Geelong, Australia. 

I am a qualified Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registered Indonesian teacher and the developer of the Bu Ali –Indonesian iPhone Application/App. 

I have had over 8 years of experience teaching Years 7 to 12 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Indonesian. You can follow me on Instragram @indonesianteacher

Last year approximately 1.18 million Australians travelled to Bali. Most Australian travellers, however, cannot even pronounce Bali’s local beer, ‘Bintang’! 

The Indonesian people are some of the friendliest neighbours going around and try to make Bali such a fantastic experience for all. To show them, their culture and environment the same respect Australian travellers can learn the Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) using a funny hands-on card game called ‘Bintongue’ which I have created! 

This game incorporates all grammar and vocabulary from Years 7 to 10 Indonesian in the Victorian curriculum. I have a final product made and the name ‘Bintongue®’ is a registered trademark.


This game has 100 question or fill-in-the-blank phrase/grammatical black cards and 500 noun/vocabulary white cards with Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) on one side and the English translation on the other.

Each player draws ten white cards and holds them with either side facing them.

One person plays a black card by reading the question or fill-in-the-blank phrase in Indonesian and English out loud and placing it in front of the group with the Indonesian side facing up.


‘a’ is pronounced ‘ah’ as in ‘father’

‘u’ is pronounced ‘ooh’ as in ‘put’

‘c’ is pronounced ‘ch’ as in ‘chair’

and roll ‘r’ like ‘Rrrhonda’

Everyone answers the question or fills in the blank by placing one of their white cards in front of them with the Indonesian side facing up.

Each player shares their combination with the group by re-reading the black card whilst presenting their answer, this is all done in Indonesian. At the same time, they translate the meaning into English for the group using the other side of the cards.

The group votes on the funniest play and whoever presented it keeps the black card to keep score of their number of wins. The next person plays another black card and so on until everyone runs out of white cards. The person with the most black cards at the end of the game wins!

© Alison Curran 2023