Everyday Bahasa Indonesia Words and Phrases : Part 1

I have studied Indonesian both at school and abroad for the last 5 years, so I have some idea of what I’m talking about. Anyway, here’s a handy list of various Indonesian words that are bound to make you sound just a little more Indonesian.

Pronouns
Me, my, I – Saya (formal – if talking to someone older or in a higher position than yourself) or Aku (informal)
He / His, She / Hers – Dia or -nya (as a suffix, e.g. his pen – penanya)
You – Anda (formal) or Kamu (informal) or -mu (informal, as a suffix, e.g. your bike – sepedamu)
Dad / Mr, Mum / Mrs – Bapak / Pak, Ibu / Bu

Greetings / Goodbyes
Hello / Hi – Halo / Hai
Good morning – Selamat pagi (2am – 10am)
Good day – Selamat siang (10am – 3pm)
Good afternoon – Selamat sore (3pm – sunset)
Good evening – Selamat malam (sunset – 2am)
Good bye / See you later – Sampai jumpai / Sampai nanti

Etiquette
Thank you – Terima kasih
Sorry – Maaf
Excuse me – Permisi

Numbers
1 – Satu
2 – Dua
3 – Tiga
4 – Empat
5 – Lima
6 – Enam
7 – Tujuh
8 – Delapan
9 – Sembilan
10 – Sepuluh
11 – Sebelas
12 – Dua belas
13 – Tiga belas
14 – Empat belas
15 – Lima belas
16 – Enam belas
17 – Tujuh belas
18 – Delapan belas
19 – Sembilan belas
20 – Dua puluh
21 – Dua puluh satu
100 – Seratus
1,000 – Seribu
100,000 – Seratus ribu
1,000,000 – Sejuta

Bargaining
How much? – Berapa?
Too expensive – Terlalu mahal
Wow, cheap – Wah, murah

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more common questions to come next week.

P.S. The feature image above was taken at Deus Motorcycle Workshop, Canggu

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