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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…

Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian

Indonesian is the sole national and official language of Indonesia. However, there are more than 300 languages in the archipelago. For most Indonesian the language of the home is one of those regional…

Bahasa Indonesia, Siapa yang Seharusnya Belajar?

Lïlïkïnsï de kara son hap de zini sa zaho ta gwibin zini in hap talusublula. Zëre mo domba zahona hen zëno ola man tame nul gwenan. Zëno mae mo bosem-sena kim gubirida gwenda,…

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