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

(to) bejadi
(to) havepunya
(to) do / (to) makebuat
can / (to) know how tobisa
(to) know (how)tahu
(to) know / (to) be acquainted withkenal
(to) understandngerti
(to) speak / (to) talkbicara
(to) listen todengar
(to) heardengar
(to) seelihat
(to) feelrasa
(to) livehidup
(to) wantingin

(to) needbutuh

(to) likesuka
(to) lovecinta

(to) giveberi
(to) takeambil
(to) playmain
(to) laughtawa
(to) comedatang
(to) gopergi
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)pergi naik
pergi lewat

(to) writetulis
(to) readbaca
(to) counthitung
(to) pronounceucap
(to) spelleja
(to) conjugatekonjugasi
(to) rememberingat
(to) forgetlupa
(to) eatmakan
(to) trycoba
(to) useguna
(to) openbuka
(to) closetutup
(to) greet / (to) welcomesambut
(to) beginmulai
(to) endakhir

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