Basic Indonesian Phrases

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Learn some basic Indonesian phrases

Hello hai, halo

Good morning (til 10am) selamat pagi (selamat-closed e)

Good afternoon (til 3pm) selamat siang

Good evening (til 6pm) selamat sore (sore-semi-opened e)

Good night selamat malam

How are you? Apa kabar?

I am fine, thanks Baik, terimakasih

What is your name? Siapa nama Anda? (formal)

My name is __ Nama saya __

How old are you? Berapa umur Anda? (formal)

I am __ years old Umur saya __ tahun

Do you speak English? Apakah Anda berbicara bahasa Inggris? (formal)

Yes, I speak English Ya, saya berbicara bahasa Inggris

Can you speak English? Dapatkah Anda berbicara bahasa Inggris? (formal)

No, I can’t speak English Tidak, saya tidak dapat berbicara bahasa Inggris

Nice to meet you Senang berkenalan dengan Anda (formal)

Note: To change formal forms into informal forms, simply change the word Anda to kamu.

Yes/No Ya/Tidak

Excuse me/Pardon me Permisi

Sorry Maaf

Thank you Terimakasih

You are welcome Sama-sama

Please Tolong

Goodbye Daag (daah – taken from Dutch language) / Selamat tinggal (it means.. ‘never see you again’)

Goodbye (have a nice trip) Selamat jalan

See you Sampai jumpa


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