Useful Words

Greetings

Meaning Selamat Pagi Good morning, from sunrise to 10.30 – 11.00 AM Selamat Siang Good afternoon, 10.30 to approximately 3.00 – 04.00 PM Selamat Sore Good afternoon, from 3.00 PM to sunset Selamat Malam…

Getting Around

Meaning taxi taxi berapa? how much? Dimana supermarket? Where is supermarket? Dimana saya bisa sewa mobil? Where can I rent a car? Saya perlu sewa mobil? I need to jauh far dekat near,…

Eating Out

Indonesians love to dine out and there is hardly any street where there is not a food outlet. The simplest eateries are called warung. These are either stationary or they are erected in…

Accommodation

Meaning Hotel mana yang paling bagus? Which one is the best hotel? Hotel apa yang paling mahal? Which hotel is the most expensive one? Hotel apa yang pelayanannya paling bagus? Which hotel has…

Shopping

Meaning Belanja yuk! Let’s go shopping Berapa harganya? How much is this one? Cuma lihat-lihat Just browsing around Bisa lihat yang ini? Can I take a look at this? Saya mau coba yang…

Meeting People

Indonesian are quite inquisitive. When we meet people they often want to know more about you by asking a lot of personal questions. If you don’t want to answer them please let them…

How much? How Many?

In English there are several different question-words or phrases that you use when asking a “number question”. Two of them are “what” and “how many”. So you can say, for example “What is…

Bapak and Ibu

Contributed and posted by ‘The Indonesian Way’, a textbook for the Indonesian language by George Quinn and Uli Kozok. In English, basically we have just one second person pronoun: “you”. Except in a…

Ada

One of the most frequent and useful words in Indonesian is ada. Ada doesn’t have a single equivalent in English, so it is not easy to describe succinctly in English how it is used. Like…

‘Tidak’ and ‘Bukan’ part 2

Tidak is used to negate verbs, adjectives and prepositions and a noun is negated with bukan. Both tidak and bukan can appear in one sentence. Dia bukan seniman. Dia sama sekali tidak pandai…

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