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Some useful words and phrases translated


  Bali - your special island
Language Basics

The rules for grammar are quite simple. Sentences are usually ordered: Subject, Verb, Object. There are no articles, like "a"' or "the". There are no tenses for verbs, as time is indicated by context rather than an inflected form; for instance, words like yesterday (kemarin) and tomorrow (besok) are placed at the beginning of a sentence to indicate time. Questions are usually indicated by question words, but sometimes by raising the pitch of the voice at the end of the sentence. It's also possible to make a question by adding "Kah" to the end of the word which asks the question.

Generally, the last syllable of a word is emphasised. Here are a few Indonesian words and phrases. Do not try to get engrossed in a conversation unless you feel totally comfortable with the language. Although Indonesian is the "official" language in Bali, the Balinese have their own language which is very difficult to learn.The Balinese won't be doing hand stands when you try and speak Indonesian, but they will understand that at least you are making an attempt to learn the language.The Vowels

  • a as in cut
  • e as in set
  • i as in me
  • o as in not
  • u as in you
  • ai as in bike
  • au as in now

    The consonants are similar to English consonants, but here are a few minor exceptions.

  • c is "ch" as in cheap eg Candi Dasa is pronounced Chundy Dussa
  • k is "c,' as in car
  • g as in give
  • ng as in sing
  • h as in help, but with more breath, and it is silent at the end of a word
  • r is always rolled as "rrr"


  • Pronouns
  • I / my - saya
  • you - kamu
  • he/she - dia
  • we - kami
  • they - mereka

  • Titles

  • wife - isteri
  • husband - suami
  • Miss-nona
  • Mr - bapak or 'pak
  • Mrs - ibu
  • Sir-tuan
  • Madam - nyonya
  • child-anak
  • girl - perempuan
  • boy - laki - laki
  • family - keluarga
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    Greetings and Civilities

  • good morning - selamat Pagi
  • good afternoon (llam-3pm) - selamat siang
  • good afternoon (after 3pm) - selamat sore
  • goodnight - selamat malam
  • sleep well - selamat tidur
  • goodbye - selamat tinggal(when you are leaving)
  • goodbye - selamat jalan (when you are staying)
  • please - silahkan
  • thank you - terima kasi
  • welcome - selamat datang
  • you're welcome - sama sama
  • sorry - ma'af
  • excuse me - permisi
  • beautiful or pretty - indah
  • love; to love - cinta
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    Questions

  • what-apa
  • who - siapa
  • when - kapan
  • where is - dimana ada
  • where to - kemana
  • from where - darimana
  • how - bagaimana
  • why - mengapa
  • may I - boleh
  • How are you - Apa kabar?

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    Useful Phrases

  • I want it - saya mau
  • I do not want it - saya tidak mau
  • What is your name - siapa nama
  • My name is... nama saya...
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    Useful Words

  • well - baik baik
  • good/ very agreeable - bagus
  • bad -jahat
  • wrong - salah
  • yes - ya
  • no - tidak (in front of verbs - but interchangeable with bukan)
  • no - bukan (in front of nouns)
  • not yet - belum
  • walk and street/walking - jalan/jalan
  • village - desa

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    Transport

  • left - kanan
  • right - kiri
  • north - utara
  • south - selatan
  • east - timur
  • west - barat
  • straight ahead - terus(t'roos)
  • tree - pohon
  • stop - berhenti or stop
  • street - jalan
  • car - mobil
  • motor bike - sepeda motor
  • bicycle - sepeda
  • Petrol or fuel station - pompa bensin
  • horse and cart - dokar
  • please wait here - tolong menunggu disini
  • village - desa
  • market - pasar
  • I'll be back in an hour - saya akan kembali satu jam lagi
  • I'll be back in an hour - saya(I or me) akan(will) kembali(return) sepuluh(10)menit(minute)lagi(later)
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    Quantity

  • all - semua
  • some - lain
  • little - sedikit
  • many - banyak
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    Time

  • today (this day) - hari ini
  • tonight (this night) - malam ini
  • yesterday - kemarin
  • tomorrow - besok
  • day - hari
  • week - minggu
  • month - bulan
  • year - tahun
  • Monday - hari Senin
  • Tuesday - hari Selasa
  • Wednesday - hari Rebo
  • Thursday - hari Kemis
  • Friday - hari Jumat
  • Saturday - hari Sabtu
  • Sunday - hari Minggu
  • morning - pagi
  • afternoon (11:00am - 3:00pm)- siang
  • evening - sore
  • night - malam
  • seven o'clock - jam tujuh
  • seven thirty - jam (hour) tujuh(7) lewat(past) tigapuluh(30)

  • Shopping
  • What's this - Apa ini
  • How much - berapa
  • money - rupiah
  • cheap - murah
  • expensive - mahal
  • big - besar
  • small - kecil
  • short - pendek
  • long - panjang
  • table cloth - taplak meja
  • watch, clock - arloji/ jam
  • shoes - sepatu
  • silver - perak
  • gold - mas
  • stone - batu
  • dresses/skirts - rok
  • trousers - celana
  • earrings - anting anting
  • paintings - lukisan
  • leather - kulit
  • wood carvings - ukiran

    Colours

  • black - hitam
  • white - putih
  • blue - biru
  • red - merah
  • green - hijau
  • brown - coklat
  • yellow - kuning
  • purple - ungu
  • grey - abu-abu
  • pink - merah mudah
  • dark - tua
  • light- mudah
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    Food

  • food - makam
  • drink - minum
  • chicken - ayam
  • fish - ikan
  • pork - babi
  • fruit - buah
  • rice - nasi
  • delicious - enak
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    Numbers

  • 1 - satu
  • 2-dua
  • 3 - tiga
  • 4- empat
  • 5 - lima
  • 6 - enam
  • 7- tujuh
  • 8 - delapan
  • 9 - sernbilan
  • 10 - supuluh
  • 11 - sebelas
  • 12 - duabelas
  • 20 - duapuluh
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    Money

  • money - uang
  • 100 Rp - seratus rupiah
  • 500 Rp - lima ratus rupiah
  • 1,000 Rp - seribu rupiah
  • 1,400 Rp - seribu empat ratus rupiah
  • 5,556 Rp - lima ribu | lima ratus | lima puluh | enam rupiah
  • 10,000 Rp - sepuluh ribu rupiah
  • 80,000 Rp - delapan puluh ribu rupiah
  • 700,000 Rp - tujuh ratus ribu
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    Medical & Health

  • doctor - doktor
  • dentist - doktor gigi
  • pharmacy or chemist - apotik
  • hospital - rumah sakit
  • sick - sakit
  • I need medicine for diarrhoea - saya mencari obat mulas
  • head - kalapa
  • stomach - perut
  • Balinese healer - dukun
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    Hotel

  • air conditioner - pendingin jumlah
  • bed - tempat tidur
  • hot water - air panas
  • bed sheet - sepre
  • towel - handuk
  • toilet paper - kertas kloset
  • shampoo - syampo | sabun rambut | shampoo
  • soap - sabun
  • antiseptic - antiseptis
  • pen - bolpoin pena | alat tunis
  • room - kamar
  • Room 248 - dua ratus empatpuluh delipan
  • food - makan
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    Balinese Words and Phrases (spelling maybe wrong)

  • How are you?- kenken kabari
  • Fine, thank you - becik becik or luwoong
  • goodbye - sampai ketemu
  • no problem - sinkenken
  • thank you - marku sukmo
  • I have no more money - singau ngulah pis
  • decorated bamboo pole - penjor
  • outrigger boat - prahu
  • small food stall - warung
  • family shrine - sanggah
  • offering to appease evil spirits - segehan
  • Bali Island - pohol dewata

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