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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Bahasa Indonesia for Travelers 2023 (Part 1)

Introduction to Bahasa Indonesia

Bahasa Indonesia, also known simply as Indonesian, is the official language of Indonesia, a Southeast Asian country located between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is spoken by more than 260 million people as a first or second language, making it the world’s most widely spoken Austronesian language.

As a tourist visiting Indonesia, learning some basic Indonesian phrases and understanding the culture can go a long way in making your trip more enjoyable and enriching. Here is a beginner’s guide to Bahasa Indonesia for tourists:

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    Greetings and basic phrases:

    Bahasa Indonesia Greeting
    • Selamat pagi (sah-LAH-maht PAH-ghee): Good morning
    • Selamat siang (sah-LAH-maht SEE-ahng): Good afternoon
    • Selamat sore (sah-LAH-maht SOH-reh): Good evening
    • Selamat malam (sah-LAH-maht mah-LAHM): Good night
    • Selamat datang (sah-LAH-maht dah-TAHNG): Welcome
    • Halo (HAH-loh): Hello
    • Baik (BYEK): Good
    • Saya senang bertemu dengan Anda (SAH-yah seh-NAHNG behr-TEH-moo DEHN-gan AHN-dah): Nice to meet you
    • Terima kasih (teh-REE-mah KAH-seeh): Thank you
    • Maaf (MAH-af): Sorry
    • Silakan (SEE-lah-kahn): Please
    • Tidak apa-apa (TEE-dak ah-pah-AH-pah): It’s okay

    Numbers and counting:

    Bahasa Indonesia Numbers
    • Satu (SAH-too): One
    • Dua (DOO-ah): Two
    • Tiga (TEE-gah): Three
    • Empat (EH-pmaht): Four
    • Lima (LEE-mah): Five
    • Enam (EH-nam): Six
    • Tujuh (TOO-joo): Seven
    • Delapan (deh-LAH-pahn): Eight
    • Sembilan (sehm-BEE-lahn): Nine
    • Sepuluh (seh-POO-loo): Ten


    • Merah (meh-RAH): Red
    • Kuning (KOO-neeng): Yellow
    • Hijau (HEE-jow): Green
    • Biru (BEE-roo): Blue
    • Hitam (HEE-tahm): Black
    • Putih (POO-teeh): White

    Days of the week:

    Bahasa Indonesia Days of the Week
    • Senin (SEH-neen): Monday
    • Selasa (seh-LAH-sah): Tuesday
    • Rabu (RAH-boo): Wednesday
    • Kamis (KAH-mees): Thursday
    • Jumat (JOO-maht): Friday
    • Sabtu (SAH-boo-too): Saturday
    • Minggu (MEENG-goo): Sunday

    Food and drinks:

    Bahasa Indonesia Food and drinks
    • Makanan (mah-KAH-nahn): Food
    • Minuman (mee-NOO-mahn): Drink
    • Nasi (NAH-see): Rice
    • Ayam (AH-yam): Chicken
    • Ikan (EE-kahn): Fish

    Here are twenty common food and drink items that might be ordered while visiting Indonesia, with Indonesian to English translations and pronunciation:

    1. Nasi goreng (NAH-see GOH-rehng): Fried rice
    2. Mie goreng (MEE-eh GOH-rehng): Fried noodles
    3. Sate (SAH-teh): Grilled meat skewers
    4. Gado-gado (GAH-doh GAH-doh): Vegetables with peanut sauce
    5. Bakso (BAHK-soh): Meatballs
    6. Satay (SAH-tay): Grilled meat skewers
    7. Rendang (REHN-dahng): Spicy meat dish
    8. Soto (SOH-toh): Soup
    9. Ayam goreng (AH-yam GOH-rehng): Fried chicken
    10. Nasi uduk (NAH-see OO-dook): Coconut rice
    11. Nasi campur (NAH-see CHAHM-poor): Mixed rice
    12. Nasi kuning (NAH-see KOO-neeng): Yellow rice
    13. Soto ayam (SOH-toh AH-yam): Chicken soup
    14. Gudeg (GOO-dehg): Sweet jackfruit dish
    15. Pepes (PEH-pehs): Grilled or steamed food in banana leaves
    16. Bubur ayam (BOO-boor AH-yam): Chicken congee
    17. Karedok (KAH-reh-dohk): Raw vegetables with peanut sauce
    18. Es teh (EH-seh TEH): Ice tea
    19. Es jeruk (EH-seh JEH-rook): Ice citrus juice
    20. Es campur (EH-seh CHAHM-poor): Mixed ice dessert

    Asking for directions and locations:

    Bahasa Indonesia Asking Directions
    • Di mana (dee MAH-nah): Where
    • Ke mana (keh MAH-nah): Where to
    • Kemana (keh-MAH-nah): Where (informal)
    • Jalan (JAH-lahn): Road
    • Apakah ini jalan ke (ah-PAH-kah EE-nee JAH-lahn keh): Is this the way to
    • Saya ingin pergi ke (SAH-yah eeng-EEN pehr-GEE keh): I want to go to
    • Apakah ada (ah-PAH-kah AH-dah): Is there
    • Tempat (TEHM-paht): Place
    • Bandara (bahn-DAH-rah): Airport
    • Stasiun (stah-SOO-oon): Train station

    Shopping and negotiating:

    Bahasa Indonesian Shopping Phrases
    • Beli (BEH-lee): Buy
    • Jual (JOO-ahl): Sell
    • Harga (HAHR-gah): Price
    • Berapa (beh-RAH-pah): How much
    • Mahal (MAH-hahl): Expensive
    • Murah (MOO-rah): Cheap
    • Diskon (dee-SKOHN): Discount
    • Saya mau (SAH-yah mah-OO): I want
    • Saya tidak mau (SAH-yah TEE-dak mah-OO): I don’t want


    Bahasa Indonesia Transport
    • Bis (bees): Bus
    • Taksi (tahk-SEE): Taxi
    • Kereta (keh-REH-tah): Train
    • Pesawat (peh-SAH-waht): Plane
    • Angkutan (ahng-koo-TAHN): Transportation
    • Berangkat (beh-RAHNG-kaht): Depart
    • Tiba (TEE-bah): Arrive
    • Terminal (TEHR-mih-nahl): Terminal
    • Tiket (TEE-keht): Ticket


    • Hotel (hoh-TEHL): Hotel
    • Kamar (KAH-mahr): Room
    • Satu kamar (SAH-too KAH-mahr): One room
    • Dua kamar (DOO-ah KAH-mahr): Two rooms
    • Kosong (KOH-sohng): Empty
    • Penuh (PEH-noo): Full
    • Check-in (chehk-IN): Check-in
    • Check-out (chehk-OH-teh): Check-out

    Health and Emergencies:

    Bahasa Indonesia Medical Phrases
    • Hotel (hoh-TEHL): Hotel
    • Kamar (KAH-mahr): Room
    • Satu kamar (SAH-too KAH-mahr): One room
    • Dua kamar (DOO-ah KAH-mahr): Two rooms
    • Kosong (KOH-sohng): Empty
    • Penuh (PEH-noo): Full
    • Check-in (chehk-IN): Check-in
    • Check-out (chehk-OH-teh): Check-out

    To be continued in Part 2..



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