Now let’s learn some basic Indonesian conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Indonesian.

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

Basic Indonesian words & phrases: conversations

How to Introduce Yourself in Indonesian

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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcomesama-sama
you’re very welcomesama-sama
thank youterima kasih
thank you very muchterima kasih banyak
Excuse me!Permisi!


I understand.Saya mengerti.
I don’t understand.Saya tidak mengerti.
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?halo
What does that mean?Itu artinya apa?
I don’t know.Saya tidak tahu.
I don’t speak Polish.Saya tidak bisa berbahasa Polandia.
I speak a little Polish.Saya bisa berbahasa Polandia sedikit.
Do you speak English? (informal)Bisa ngomong Inggris nggak?
Do you speak English? (formal)Apa anda bisa berbahasa Inggris?
Yes, I do speak English.Iya, saya bisa berbahasa Inggris.
No, I don’t speak English.Tidak, saya tidak bisa berbahasa Inggris.

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!Mohon berbicara lebih pelan!
Nice to meet you!Senang bertemu denganmu!
How are you?Bagaimana kabarmu?
Good, thank you!Baik, terima kasih!
I’m well, thanks!Saya baik-baik saja, terima kasih!
Not bad, thanks!Lumayan, terima kasih!
very badsangat buruk
What’s your name?Nama kamu siapa?
My name is [...].Nama saya […].
What’s your first name?Nama pertamamu apa?
My first name is [...]Nama pertama saya adalah […].
How old are you?Berapa umur kamu?
I’m [...] years old.Saya berumur […] tahun.
What are your hobbies?Hobi kamu apa saja?
What do you like doing?Apa yang suka kamu lakukan?
What are you doing (at the moment)?Apa yang sedang kamu lakukan sekarang?
Where do you live?Kamu tinggal dimana?
I live in [...].Saya tinggal di […].
I’m from EnglandSaya berasal dari Inggris.
I’m EnglishSaya orang Inggris.

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