"Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian" tag

Words for ‘how?’: Gimana and Bagaimana

In Formal Indonesian bagaimana means ‘how, in what way; what (is it) like?’ This also occurs in Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian but is frequently contracted to gimana: Menurut elu cewe-cewek Indonesia itu gimana? according.to…

Words for ‘very’: Banget, Amat, Sekali and Sangat

The common word for ‘very’ in Formal Indonesian is sekali, which follows the word it refers to: besar sekali ‘very big’, berbeda sekali ‘very different’, bank sekali ‘very good’. The words sangat and, less frequently, amat also occur in Formal Indonesian, preceding the word they qualify: sangat/amat…

Words for ‘to like’: Doyan, Demen and Suka 

Suka‘to like’ is the H (high style) variant to two L (low style) words: doyan and demen. Doyan usually precedes verbs referring to eating and the like and to nouns which refer to food…

Gemes

This word is difficult to find in the dictionaries because the “proper” form is actually “gemas”. Gemes is the Jakartanese pronunciation. The word describes the emotion of intense and passionated anger, but the…

Summary of Colloquial Features

Words Meaning Formal Equivalent bakal marker of future time akan banget very sekali bareng together bersama biar so that, in order that supaya bikin to make membuat bilang say berkata bokap father ayah…

Basic Features

Introduction This module is for students who know formal standard Indonesian fairly well but do not yet know colloquial Indonesian. It aims to equip them with a good enough reading knowledge to enjoy…

Basic Features Example (1)

1.Cewek itu lagi duduk bareng temen. That girl was sitting with a friend. Colloquial items: cewek = young woman lagi = indicates action-in-progress bareng = together, together with temen = (“tM’N”) teman with…

Basic Features Example (2)

8. Kalo makan rendang mending pake tangan aja. If you eat beef rendang it’s better to just use your hands. Colloquial items: kalo = kalau with sound change au → o: if, when….

Basic Features Example (3)

15. Dia gak dateng. Mungkin lagi sibuk kali ya? He didn’t come. Maybe he’s busy, hm? Colloquial items: gak = no, not. [Also enggak, nggak, or ga] dateng = (“DAt’ng”) datang with sound…

Basic Features: Exercise (1)

These sentences 1-15 below give reading practice in all the colloquial features introduced in THE EXAMPLE SENTENCES earlier An Answer Key is provided at the end of the section. 1. (explaining why didn’t…

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