A vast archipelago made up of thousands of islands–including Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo, the Spice Islands, and Papua—Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, and is also one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Indonesian language is most widely spoken in Southeast Asia (Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Southern Thailand). It is an easy language to learn with no conjugations, tenses, or declensions, and it is written using the Roman alphabet. Indonesian classes at UW-Madison are small, allowing students many opportunities for intensive interaction with each other and the instructor. Classes are filled with interactive and fun activities, such as games and role-plays. Along with classroom activities, various cultural events by the Indonesian community in Madison provide opportunities for students to be immersed in Indonesian language and culture.