Useful Indonesian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Indonesian, the lingua franca of Indonesia and a close relation of Malay.

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English Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
Welcome Selamat datang
Hello (General greeting) Hi
Apa kabar?
Salam sejahtera (frm)
Hello (on phone) Halo
How are you? Apa kabar? (What news?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Baik (Fine)
Baik baik saja (All fine)
Sehat (Healthy)
Baik-baik saja, terima kasih
Bagaimana dengan Anda?
(How about you? - frm)
Bagaimana denganmu?
(How about you? - inf)
Long time no see Lama tidak bertemu
Lama tidak berjumpa
What's your name? Siapa nama anda?
Anda namanya siapa?
Siapa namamu? (inf)
Namamu siapa? (inf)
My name is ... Nama saya ...
Saya bernama ...
Where are you from? Anda berasal dari mana?
I'm from ... Saya dari ...
Pleased to meet you Senang bertemu dengan Anda
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Selamat pagi (early morning)
Selamat siang (late morning)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Selamat siang (late morning)
Selamat sore (late afternoon/evening)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Selamat sore (late afternoon/evening)
Selamat malam (late evening/night)
Good night Selamat malam (late evening/night)
Selamat tidur (said before sleep)
(Parting phrases)
Selamat tinggal (when leaving)
Selamat jalan (when staying)
Sampai jumpa lagi
Good luck! Semoga beruntung!
Semoga sukses! (Hope you success!)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Semoga harimu menyenangkan! (Wish you a fun day!)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Selamat makan
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Selamat jalan
Semoga selamat sampai tujuan
Do you understand? Apakah saudara mengerti?
I understand Saya mengerti
I don't understand Saya tidak mengerti
Please speak more slowly Tolong bicara pelan sedikit
Tolong bicara pelan-pelan
Please say that again Bisa tolong diulangi?
Please write it down Tolong ditulis
Tolong tuliskan
Do you speak English? Anda bisa bicara bahasa inggris?
Do you speak Indonesian? Anda bisa bicara bahasa indonesia?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ya, bisa sedikit
Ya, tapi tidak terlau bagus
I'm learning Indonesian Saya sedang belajar Bahasa Indonesia
How do you say ... in Indonesian? Bagaimana cara mengatakan ... dalam bahasa Indonesia?
Excuse me Maaf
Permisi (to get past)
How much is this? Berapa harganya?
Sorry Maafkan saya
Please Tolong
Thank you Terima kasih
Terima kasih banyak
Makasih (vinf)
Reply to thank you Terima kasih kembali
Dengan senang hati
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Di manakah toilet?
Di manakah kamar mandi?
Di manakah WC?
This gentleman will pay for everything Bapak ini akan membayar semuanya
This lady will pay for everything Ibu ini akan membayar semuanya
Would you like to dance with me? Bersediakah Anda berdansa dengan saya?
Do you come here often? Kamu sering kemari?
I miss you Saya rindu kamu
Saya kangen kamu
Aku rindu kamu
Aku kangen kamu
I love you Aku cinta kamu
Saya cinta kamu
Saya mencintaimu
Get well soon Semoga lekas sembuh
Semoga cepat sembuh
Go away! Pergi sana!
Leave me alone! Biarkan saya sendiri!
Tinggalkan saya sendiri!
Help! Tolong!
Fire! Kebakaran!
Stop! Berhenti!
Call the police! Panggil polisi!
Christmas greetings Selamat hari natal
New Year greetings Selamat tahun baru
Easter greetings Selamat Paskah
Birthday greetings Selamat ulang tahun
Congratulations! Selamat!
One language is never enough Satu bahasa tidak pernah cukup
My hovercraft is full of eels Hovercraft saya penuh dengan belut

If Indonesians ask you what you think of their country, a good answer is Negara Indonesia indah sekali (Indonesia is a beautiful country).

Corrections and additions by Suhandi Wiratama, James Griffin, Anita Galvan and Raihan Purboyo

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