So you’ve decided to travel to Indonesia, but your worried that you won”t understand enough of the local language to show yourself friendly and be understood.

Well you don’t need to worry the people of Bali are naturally happy, smiley people; and even with the language barrier you will find yourself able to communication. Basic Indonesian Vocabulary can be hard to learn, but here at Vilondo we like to give you a head start, so we’ve put together a basic Indonesian vocabulary lesson; that will help you connect with the local people of Bali in no time at all.

Basic Indonesian Vocabulary – Speak Bahasa

Greetings & Civilities

  • Good morning = Selamat Pagi
  • Good afternoon = Selamat Siang.
  • Good evening = Selamat Sore.
  • Good night = Selamat Malam.
  • Goodbye = Selamat Tinggal.
  • How are you? = Apa Kabar?
  • I am fine = Kabar Baik.
  • What is your name? = Siapa nama anda?
  • My name is… = Nama saya…
  • Nice to meet you = Senang berkenalan dengan anda.
  • See you later = Sampai jumpa lagi.
  • Goodbye (said to people leaving) = Selamat jalan.
  • Goodbye (said to people staying) = Selamat tinggal.
  • I do not understand = Saya tidak mengerti.

General Basic Indonesian Vocabulary

  • Yes = Ya
  • No = Tidak
  • Thank you = Terima kasih
  • You”re welcome = Kembali
  • Please help me = Tolonglah saya
  • Excuse me = Permisi
  • Sorry = Maaf
  • What time is it? = Jam berapa?
  • This = Ini
  • That = Itu
  • Dari mana? = Where have you just come from?
  • Mau ke mana? = Where are you going?
  • Be careful = Hati Hati

Shopping

  • Only looking = Lihat saja
  • I want to buy this = Saya mau beli
  • How much? = Berapa?
  • How much is it? = Berapa Harganya?
  • Expensive = Mahal
  • It”s too expensive = Harganya terlalu mahal
  • Can you make it cheaper? = Boleh kurang harganya?
  • What is your fixed price? = Harga pas berapa?
  • Will you please leave me alone? = Sudikah anda membiarkan saya sendiri?

Eating

  • I want the menu please = Saya mau daftar makanan minta
  • Tuan mau minum apa? = What would you like to drink?
  • I would like to drink water = Mau minum air
  • Drinking water = Air minum
  • Tea = Teh
  • Coffee = Kopi
  • Without sugar and milk = Tanpa gula dan susu
  • With a little sugar and milk = Sedikit gula dan susu
  • Tuan mau makan apa? = What would you like to eat?
  • I would like to eat (spicy) chicken fried rice = Mau makan (pedas) nasi goreng ayam
  • The bill please = Tolong bonnya

Accommodation

Simple accommodations in Bali are advertised as losmen, penginapan, k0s and wisma. Accommodations advertised as resorts and hotels are typically very similar to what you would expect to find in western countries.  The thing that makes Bali different and such an ideal destination is  you can stay in your own serviced Villa often for less than the cost of a two week holiday in a 3/4* hotel. You can find some great choices for Rental Villa in Bali here.

  • The best hotel = Hotel paling baik
  • The cheapest hotel = Hotel paling murah
  • Are there rooms available? = Ada Kamar?
  • Do you have a room? = Masih ada kamar kosong disini?
  • What is the cost of the room? = Berapa ongkos kamar?
  • Including meals? = Termasuk makanan?
  • Is there a toilet, bathroom? = Ada WC, tempat mandi?
  • Bedsheet = Sprei
  • Blanket = Selimut
  • Towel = Handuk
  • Soap = Sabun
  • Can you wash clothes? = Bisa cuci pakaian?

Transport

  • What time does it leave? = Berangkat jam berapa?
  • How many hours to…? = Beraoa jam sampai…?
  • Where is the airport? = Bandara dimana?
  • What is the cost of a ticket to…? = Karcis ke…berapa?
  • Can I have two tickets? = Saya minta dua karcis?

Directions

  • Where is the beach? = Dimana pantai?
  • Where is there a hotel? = Mana ada hotel?
  • Where is there a restaurant? = Mana ada rumah makan?
  • Where is the path to the waterfall? = Dimana jalan ke air terjun?
  • Where is…? = Dimana…?
  • How far is it? = Berapa jauh dari sini?
  • Dekat = Near
  • Jauh = Far
  • What is the name of this street? = Apa nama jalan ini?
  • Kanan = Right
  • Kiri = Left

Days of the week

  • Sunday = Minggu
  • Monday = Senin
  • Tuesday = Selasa
  • Wednesday = Rabu
  • Thursday = Kamis
  • Friday = Jum”at
  • Saturday = Sabtu

Time of day

  • Morning = Pagi
  • Noon = Siang
  • Evening = Malam
  • Yesterday = Kemarin
  • Today = Hari ini
  • Tomorrow = Besok

Time

  • Day = Hari
  • Week = Minggu
  • Month = Bulan
  • Year = Tahun

Months of the year

  • January = Januari
  • February = Februari
  • March = Maret
  • April = April
  • May = Mei
  • June = Juni
  • July = Juli
  • August = Agustus
  • September = September
  • October = Oktober
  • November = November
  • December = Desember

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