dear bro and sis...
well, so far not many indonesian people who think that english will be like their first language. until now, if we ask some people what do you think about english language, majority of them they will say that english language is difficult. but when they are forced to mention what is the source of the trouble, they cannot mention it easily.
according to my own experience, the sources of the difficulties are:
1. the grammar,
2. the vocabulary
when i was in junior high and high school, the era was still grammar translation method. it means that in the english lesson, students are asked to read some text and then they have to translate it into bahasa indonesia. another activity is grammar is taught explicitly in the classroom.
because of those 2 things, majority of us are able to to understand and to express english text very well but it's hard for us to express it orally.
but since the year of 2004, the government has tried to make english lesson becomes more interesting. but still, it cannot change the view that english is difficult and even it becomes the people's enemy number 2 (or 3) after math, chemistry, or physics.
so, let me ask you this thing: what makes english is difficult for majority of indonesian people.
a friend of mine from america, told me that english words that are spoken by indonesian people are better than Singaporean or malayan. so, i think we should be proud of this condition even it is not satisfying yet...