Learning Bahasa Indonesia is not as hard as a lot of people will tell you. In fact, it is probably one of the easiest languages in the world to learn. If you are a first-time traveller to Indonesia then leaning a few simple phrases opens doors so to speak. People have said to me “What if I mispronounce it?” Truly, there is no need to stress on this because although you might get a few giggles from those you are talking to, they will in fact be more pleased that you are attempting to speak the language.
Here are a few greetings and civilities:
Good Morning (until 11 a.m) – Selamat Pagi
Good day (11 a.m. to 3 p.m) – Selamat Siang
Good afternoon (3 p.m. to 6 p.m) – Selamat Sore
Good Night (after 6 p.m) – Selamat Malam
What is your name? – Siapa Nama anda?
My name is… – Nama Saya….
Thank you – Terima kasih
You’re welcome – Kembali
How are you? – Apa kabar?
I am fine – Kabar baik
Please (asking for help) – Tolong
Please (giving permission) – Silakan
Sorry – Maaf
Excuse me – Permisi
Then there are those questions:
How much? – Berapa?
Whats the price? – Berapa harganya?
How many Kilometers? – Berapa Kilometer?
Where is…? – Di mana ada?
Which way? – Ke mana?
May I take a photo? – Boleh saya foto?
Where do you live? – Anda tinggal di mana?
What is this called in Bahasa Indonesia? – Apa namanya ini dalam bahasa Indonesia?
Do you have…? – Ada….?
Here are some more useful words and phrases:
I don’t understand – Saya tidak mengerti
I don’t want it – Saya tidak mau
I want to go to…. – Saya mau ke….
Yes – Ya
No – Tidak
Toilet – Kamar Kecil, WC (pronounced “way say”)
Telephone number – Nomor telepon
Hot – Panas
Spicy hot – Pedas
Cold – Dingin
Delicious – Enak
Armed with the above phrases you are now ready to get around Indonesia and enjoy conversations with all the interesting people you meet. Selemat Berjalan!
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