Common Indonesian Phrases Every Traveller Should Know
Exploring a new country can be an awe-inspiring experience, full of sights and sounds you haven't come across before. Indonesia is definitely one of those countries, where various religions, languages and cultures exist within its beautiful beaches, jungles, and rice fields. You wouldn't want your holiday to go awry because of miscommunication, something that can happen if you don't know where the toilet is or how much that shiny trinket costs. Learning a few common Indonesian phrases will not only help you out in sticky situations, but will also delight the locals.
Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, and known by almost everyone throughout the country. Although you'll hear Indonesian mixed with the region's native language often, it is your best option if you want to know a few words while travelling around the country. The official status of these common Indonesian phrases means that even outside the touristy areas of Bali, people will know the language. It's used for education, mass media, governance and all other administrative functions.
Common Indonesian Phrases
Hello, How are you? - Hai, apa kabar?
All Fine - Baik, Baik Saja
What's your name? - Siapa nama anda?
My name is.. - Nama Saya...
Good Morning! - Selamat Pagi!
Good Afternoon! - Selamat Siang!
Good Evening! - Selamat Sore!
Good Night! - Selamat Malam!
Long time no see - Lama Tidak bertemu!
Pleased to meet you - Senang bertemu dengan anda
No - Tidak
Yes - Ya
Thank you - Terima Kasih
How much/many - Berapa
Excuse me - Persmisi
I want... - Saya Mau...
I don't understand - saya tidak mengerti
Do you speak English? - Anda bisa bicara bahasa Inggris?
Do you speak Indonesian? - Anda bisa bicara bahasa Indonesia?
Yes, a little (in response) - Ya, sedikit
How do you say ... in Indonesian? - Bagaimana cara mengatakan ... dalam bahasa Indonesia?
Common Indonesian Phrases For Emergency:
Sorry - Maaf
I'm very sorry, I won't do it again - Maaf sakali, saya tidak akan ulangi lagi
My wallet got stolen - Dompet Saya Di Curi
Help! - Tolong!
Fire! - Kebakaran!
Call the police- Panggil Polisi
Where's the toilet? - Dimanakah toilet?
Common Indonesian Phrases For Ordering food:
Excuse me Sir, is there a restaurant near here? - Permisi Pak, ada tempat makan di dekat sinin?
To eat - Makan
Spicy - Pedas (if don't want spicy, say Tidak pedas)
I would like one plate nasi goreng - Saya mau nasi goreng satu piring
I like spicy - Saya suka pedas
Oil - Minyak
Sugar - Gula
Drink - Minum
Rice - Nasi
Noodle - Mie
Delicious! - Enak!
Can I have the bill please? - Bisa Minta bon?
Common Indonesian Phrases For Farewell Greetings:
See You! - Sampai Jumpa!
See You Again! (sense of meeting again in the future) - Sampai Bertemu!
Take Care/ Be Careful - Hati-hati
GoodBye - Selamat Tinggal
Don't Forget Me! - Jangan Lupakan Aku
Indonesian Phrases For Numbers:
1 - Satu ; 2 - Dua ; 3 - Tiga ; 4 - Empat ; 5 - Lima ; 6 - Enam ; 7 - Tujuh ; 8 - Delapan ; 9 - Sembilan ; 10 - Sepuluh
11 - Seblas
12 - Dua belas
13 - Tiga belas
14 - Empat belas
20 - Dua puluh ; 30 - Tiga puluh
100 - Seratus ; 200 - Dua ratus
1,000 - Seribu ; 10,000 - Sepuluh Ribu
1 million - Satu juta
Common Indonesian Phrases Shopping:
Price - Harga
How much does it cost - Berapa Harganya
Price is expensive - Harganya mahal
Cheaper Possible? - Lebih mura bisa?
I don't have enough - Saya Tidak Aya Cupuk
Very Expensive - Mahal Sakali
Excuse Me (Permisi) to be used while asking a question:
To young males - Permisi Mas
To young females - Permisi Adek
To older men - Permisi Pak
To older women - Permisi Ibu
I would like to ask - Saya May Tanya
I am pleased - Saya Senang
I am happy - Saya Gembira
I am sad - Saya Sedih
I am angry - Saya Marah
I am confused - Saya Bingung
I am satisfied - Saya Puas
I am sick - Saya Sedang Sakit
I am hungry - Saya Lapar
I am thirsty - Saya haus
I am feeling uncomfortable - Saya merasa tidak nyaman
Indonesian Phrases Asking the time:
What time is it - Sekarang Jam Berapa
It is .. o'clock - Sekarang jam ...
No worries! - Tidak apa ana
Great! - Bagus!
There is/ there is not - Ada/ Tidak Ada
Open/ Close - Buka/ Tutup
What is this - Ini Apa
With these common Indonesian phrases at the tip of your tongue, you'll have a much easier time getting around the country. Who knows, you might even escape overpricing once shopkeepers realise you understand the local tongue! Learning the language is a fun exercise that will give you an insight into the Indonesian way of living, so that you come back with richer memories of your holiday.