Glossary

Learn Bahasa Indonesia with us! This page will list common phrases or words in bahasa that will appear frequently in postings.

 

alam | nature

apa itu? | what is that?

Apakah anda Ibu Emy? | Are you Emy’s mother?

asli | original, indigenous, native

bahasa | language

barat | west

bicara | to speak

bubur | traditional, savory Indonesian rice porridge

dimana | where

harus | must

Ibu | mother, or honorific used to address an older woman in Java and Sumatra

itu | that

iya/iyo/ya | yes

kampung | village

kebun raya | botanical garden

keladi | taro

kelapa parut | fresh, shredded coconut

ketan | glutinous, white rice

krupuk or kerupuk | deep-fried crackers

kue | cake

latihan | practice

mau | want

mandau | machete in Dayak language

mina | aunt, or an honorific used to address an older woman among Dayaks

nusantara | archipelago

ojek | motorbike taxi

Om | an honorific used to address an older man in Sulawesi and NTT

Pak | father, or honorific used to address an older man in Java and Sumatra

pakis | fern

pasar | market

pesta | party

pulau | island

rotan | rattan

salak | snake fruit

sangrai | method of toasting on low heat, typically in a wok

santan | fresh coconut milk

saya | I, me (formal)

sayur | vegetable

selamat jalan | happy, safe travels

selatan | south

silakan | please, go ahead

singkong | cassava, yucca

sungai | river

sup | soup

Tante | an honorific used to address an older woman in Sulawesi and NTT

tape or tapai | fermented starch, typically with singkong or ketan

tengah | central (directional)

terong asem | sour eggplant, a native vegetable to Southeast Asia

tidak | no

timur | east

ubi or ube | sweet potato (in some regions of Indonesia, taro)

utara | north

warung | small shop selling a variety of goods; can be food or snacks