Indonesian Phrases

This page contains a table including the following: Indonesian phrases, expressions and words in Indonesian, conversation and idioms, Indonesian greetings, and survival phrases. It also helps if you simply want to know what to say when chatting in Indonesian!

Most of the sentences below are used for everyday life conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them.

If you don't know how to say a word then check our alphabet in Indonesian which can be found on the menu above to get some help.

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Indonesian Phrases


    

English Phrases Indonesian Phrases
 
English Greetings Indonesian Greetings:
Hi! Hai!
Good morning! Selamat pagi
Good evening! Selamat malam
Welcome! (to greet someone) Selamat datang
How are you? Apa kabar?
I'm fine, thanks! Baik, terima kasih
And you? Dan kamu?
Good/ So-So. Baik / Biasa saja
Thank you (very much)! Terima kasih (banyak)!
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Kembali (complete form: Terima kasih kembali)
Hey! Friend! Hei teman!
I missed you so much! Saya/ aku sangat or Saya/ aku kangen kamu (informal)
What's new? Ada kabar baru?
Nothing much Tidak banyak
Good night! Selamat malam
See you later! Sampai jumpa
Good bye! Selamat tinggal
Asking for Help and Directions
I'm lost Saya tersesat
Can I help you? Bisa saya bantu?
Can you help me? Bisa bantu saya?
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? Kamar (mandi/apotik) dimana?
Go straight! then turn left/ right! lurus terus! lalu belok kiri/kanan!
I'm looking for john. Saya mencari John
One moment please! Tunggu sebentar!
Hold on please! (phone) Tunggu sebentar!
How much is this? ini harganya berapa?
Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) Permisi!
Excuse me! ( to pass by) Permisi!
Come with me! ikutilah saya!


    

How to Introduce Yourself
 
Do you speak (English/ Indonesian)? Apakah kamu bisa berbahasa (Inggris/Indonesia)
Just a little. Sedikit.
What's your name? Siapa namamu? / nama kamu siapa?
My name is ... Nama saya ...
Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss… Tuan../ Nyonya../ Saudari...
Nice to meet you! Senang bertemu denganmu
You're very kind! Kamu baik sekali
Where are you from? Dari mana asal kamu? / (or) Kamu berasal dari mana?
I'm from (the U.S/ Indonesia) Saya dari Amerika/indonesia
I'm (American) Saya orang Amerika
Where do you live? Kamu tinggal dimana?
I live in (the U.S/ Indonesia) Saya tinggal di Amerika/Indonesia
Did you like it here? Kamu suka disini?
Indonesia is a wonderful country Indonesia adalah negara yang indah
What do you do for a living? Apa pekerjaanmu?
I work as a (translator/ businessman) Saya bekerja sebagai penerjemah/businessman
I like Indonesian Saya suka orang Indonesia
I've been learning Indonesian for 1 month Saya telah belajar bahasa Indonesia selama sebulan
Oh! That's good! Oh, bagus sekali!
How old are you? Berapa umurmu?
I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old. Saya (dua puluh, tiga puluh) tahun.
I have to go Saya harus pergi
I will be right back! Saya akan segera kembali
Wish Someone Something
Good luck! Semoga sukses
Happy birthday! Selamat ulang tahun
Happy new year! Selamat tahun baru
Merry Christmas! Selamat hari natal
Selamat
Congratulations! Selamat
Enjoy! (for meals...) Selamat menikmati
I'd like to visit Indonesia one day Saya ingin mengunjungi Indonesia suatu hari nanti
Say hi to John for me Salam untuk John dari saya
Bless you (when sneezing) no reaction! or (Diberkatilah kamu!)
Good night and sweet dreams! Selamat malam, mimpi indah
Solving a Misunderstanding
I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) Maaf...
Sorry (for a mistake) Maaf
No Problem! Tidak apa-apa
Can You Say It Again? Bisa tolong diulangi?
Can You Speak Slowly? Bisa bicara pelan-pelan?
Write It Down Please! Tolong tulis
I Don't Understand! Saya tidak mengerti
I Don't Know! Saya tidak tahu
I Have No Idea. Saya tidak tahu
What's That Called In Indonesian? Apa maksudnya dalam bahasa Indonesia?
What Does "gato" Mean In English? Apa maksudnya "Maaf" dalam bahasa Inggris?
How Do You Say "Please" In Indonesian? Bagaimana kamu berkata "please" dalam bahasa Indonesia?
What Is This? ini apa?
My Indonesian is bad. Bahasa Indonesia saya buruk
I need to practice my Indonesian Saya harus berlatih bahasa Indonesia saya
Don't worry! Jangan kuatir
Indonesian Expressions and Words
Good/ Bad/ So-So. Baik/ Buruk/ Biasa saja
Big/ Small Besar/ Kecil
Today/ Now Hari ini/ Sekarang
Tomorrow/ Yesterday Besok/ Kemarin
Yes/ No Ya/ Tidak
Here you go! (when giving something) Ya/ Tidak
Do you like it? Kamu suka ini?
I really like it! Saya suka sekali!
I'm hungry/ thirsty. Saya lapar/haus
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night. Pada pagi hari/ Sore hari/ Malam hari
This/ That. Here/There ini/ itu. Disini/ Disana
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Saya/ Kamu. Dia/ Dia
Really! Benar!
Look! Lihat!
Hurry up! Cepat!
What? Where? Apa? Dimana?
What time is it? Jam berapa sekarang?
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm. Jam 10. setengah delapan malam
Give me this! Berikan pada saya
I love you! Saya cinta kamu
I feel sick. Saya merasa tidak sehat
I need a doctor Saya perlu dokter
One, Two, Three Satu, dua, tiga
Four, Five, Six Empat, lima, enam
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten Tujuh, delapan, sembilan, sepuluh

I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some Indonesian phrases or Bahasa Indonesia, expressions and words. try to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. Make sure to check our Learn Indonesian page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.