Useful Phrases in Indonesian 2013.09.13

Useful Phrases

Bahasa Indonesia or Indonesian is the official language of the Republic of Indonesia and is spoken by over 237 million people. Most islands also have their own indigenous language which is spoken by the locals, however Bahasa Indonesia unites the whole country.

Balinese is spoken in Bali, while in Lombok the local language is called Sasak. Indonesian is fairly easy to learn, as most letters represent the same sound and the pronunciation is very similar to English.

Below is a list of useful phrases that might come in handy on your next trip to Bali.

What's your name? Siapa nama anda?
Where are you from? Anda berasal dari mana?
How are you? Apa kabar?
I'm fine. Baik-baik saja.
Do you speak English? Bisa berbicara Bahasa Inggris?
Yes, a little. Ya, sedikit.
I don't understand. Saya tidak mengerti.
What time is it? Jam berapa sekarang?
How much is this? Berapa harganya?
It's too expensive. Itu terlalu mahal.
I'm just looking. Saya lihat-lihat saja.
Do you have any rooms available? Ada kamar kosong?
How much is it per night/person? Berapa satu malam/orang?
Can you help me? Bisa bantu saya?
That was delicious. Ini enak sekali.

Useful signs

Open Buka
Closed Tutup
Entrance Masuk
Exit Keluar
Toilets Kamar Kecil
Women Wanitai
Men Pria

You'll impress the locals in Bali by also knowing a few Balinese phrases, like "Kenken kabare?" ("How are you?") and "Matur suksma." ("Thank you."), and might even get a better deal when bargaining at one of the local markets!

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