Greetings

Examples

Formal Casual Meaning Description
Selamat pagi, Pak Pagi, Pak Good morning, Sir
Selamat siang, Pak Siang, Pak Good afternoon, Sir
Selamat sore, Pak Sore, Pak Good evening, Sir
Selamat malam, Pak Malam, Pak Good night, Sir
Selamat datang Welcome
Selamat jalan Have a good trip
Good bye
said to people leaving
Selamat tinggal Mari duluan
Mari pak
Good bye said to people staying
Daaggg Good bye said to people staying & leaving
Sampai jumpa Sampai ketemu lagi Hope to see you again
Sampai nanti See you later(soon)
Apa kabar? ‘pa kabar? How are you?
Kabar baik, terima kasih baik I am fine thank you ‘thank you’ is not translated. The common answer is just ‘baik’
Terima kasih ‘makasih Thank you
Nama saya John John My name is John/I am John
Saya dari Inggris I come from England
Terima kasih kembali sama-sama You’re welcome
Saya baru datang dari Amerika I just came from America
Saya tidak bisa Bahasa Indonesia Saya nggak bisa Bahasa Indonesia I can’t speak
Indonesian language
Semoga sukses Sukses yaa .. Good luck
Wish you luck
Selamat Selamat ya .. Congratulations .. For any occassions
Semoga lekas sembuh Cepat sembuh ya .. Get well soon
Selamat Natal Merry Christmas To people celebrating christmas
Selamat Tahun Baru Happy New Year
Selamat Lebaran,
Maaf lahir bathin
Happy Eid!
Please forgive my past mistakes
(literal meaning)
To Muslims celebrating Eid
Selamat Ulang Tahun Happy Birthday

Read also “Asking For What You Want In Indonesian” written by Dr. Timothy Hassall, Lecturer in Indonesian, Australian National University, Canberra.

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