Basic Indonesian Verbs 2017-03-20T16:46:07+00:00

Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Indonesian conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

Important verbs

EnglishIndonesianPronunciation
(Audio)
(to) be
jadi
(to) have
punya
(to) do / (to) make
buat
can / (to) know how to
bisa
(to) know (how)
tahu
(to) know / (to) be acquainted with
kenal
(to) understand
ngerti
(to) speak / (to) talk
bicara
(to) listen to
dengar
(to) hear
dengar
(to) see
lihat
(to) feel
rasa
(to) live
hidup
(to) want
ingin
mau

(to) need
butuh
perlu

(to) like
suka
(to) love
cinta
sayang

(to) give
beri
(to) take
ambil
(to) play
main
(to) laugh
tawa
(to) come
datang
(to) go
pergi
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)
pergi naik
pergi lewat

(to) write
tulis
(to) read
baca
(to) count
hitung
(to) pronounce
ucap
(to) spell
eja
(to) conjugate
konjugasi
(to) remember
ingat
(to) forget
lupa
(to) eat
makan
(to) try
coba
(to) use
guna
(to) open
buka
(to) close
tutup
(to) greet / (to) welcome
sambut
(to) begin
mulai
(to) end
akhir

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