250+ Handy Indonesian Words – Meaning

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  • tolong = please
  • terima kasih = thank you
  • maaf = sorry
  • sama-sama = you’re welcome
  • selamat pagi = good morning
  • selamat siang = good afternoon
  • selamat sore = good evening
  • selamat malam = good evening/goodnight
  • selamat datang = welcome
  • selamat jalan/sampai jumpa = goodbye
  • sampai bertemu = see you
  • hati-hati = watch yourself/be careful
  • berhenti = stop
  • Dilarang/Jangan = Don’t (imperative)
  • Permisi = Excuse me!
  • Apa = what
  • Apa kabar = how are you
  • Siapa = who
  • Siapa nama Anda = what is your name
  • Di mana = where
  • Ke mana = where (to)
  • Dari mana = where (from)
  • Kapan = when
  • Berapa = how many/how much
  • Jam berapa = what time
  • Mengapa/Kenapa = why
  • Bagaimana = how
  • Yang mana = which
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  • Ini = this/these
  • Itu = that/those
  • Saya = I/me
  • Anda = you (formal)
  • Kamu = you (vernacular)
  • Dia =  he/she
  • Mereka = they
  • Kami = we/us (includes the addressee)
  • Kita = we/us (includes the addressee
  • di = in/at/on
  • ke = to
  • dari = from
  • atas = above/up/on
  • bawah = under
  • samping/sebelah = side/next
  • kiri = left
  • kanan = right
  • tengah = middle
  • serong = cross
  • depan = front
  • belakang = back/behind
  • dalam = in/inside
  • luar = outside
  • seberang = opposite/across
  • sesudah/setelah = after
  • sebelum = before
  • sekarang = now/at this moment
  • besok = tomorrow
  • kemarin = yesterday
  • lusa = the day after tomorrow
  • hari = day
  • bulan = month/moon
  • tahun = year
  • minggu = week
  • Senin = Monday
  • Selasa = Tuesday
  • Rabu = Wednesday
  • Kamis = Thursday
  • Jumat = Friday
  • Sabtu = Saturday
  • Minggu = Sunday
  • libur = holiday/vacation
  • cuti = break/holiday (from work)
  • cuaca = weather
  • musim = season
  • hujan = rain
  • kemarau = dry (season)
  • beku = freeze
  • dingin = cold
  • sejuk = cool
  • hangat = warm
  • panas = hot
  • terik = scorching/very hot
  • tidur = sleep
  • duduk = sit
  • berdiri = stand
  • berlutut = kneel
  • makan = eat
  • minum = drink
  • sarapan = breakfast
  • makan pagi = breakfast
  • makan siang = lunch
  • makan malam = dinner
  • pagi = morning
  • siang = afternoon/noon
  • sore = evening
  • malam = evening/night
  • subuh = dawn

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Here are the examples of handy Indonesian Words:

  • istirahat = rest, break
  • pergi = go, leave
  • pulang = go home, back
  • bersekolah = school/study
  • bekerja = work
  • bermain = play
  • jalan-jalan = travel/walk around/go shopping/hang out
  • ya = yes/sure
  • yakin = believe/sure/confident/yes
  • tidak = no/not (negation for non-noun)
  • bukan = not (negation for noun)
  • ingin/mau = want
  • akan = will, (to be) going to, gonna
  • harus = should, must, have to
  • sedang = (for present continous)/so so/mid
  • hendak = will, (ti be) going to
  • mulai = start
  • selesai = finish
  • belum = has/have not … yet
  • jika/apabila = if
  • apakah = whether
  • jadi (informal)/oleh karena itu = so, therefore, in consequent
  • sedangkan = while
  • menjadi = become
  • dan = and, as well as, also
  • atau = or
  • karena/sebab= because/cause
  • tapi/tetapi/namun = but, however
  • supaya/agar = for, so
  • juga = also, as well as
  • lebih = more
  • paling = most
  • kurang = less
  • kurang lebih = more or less
  • benar = right/correct
  • salah = wrong/incorrect
  • seperti = (looks/sounds/seems) like
  • mirip = similar
  • sama/serupa = same/identical
  • beda = different/distinct
  • beragam = diverse
  • binatang/hewan/satwa/fauna = animals
  • anjing = dog
  • kucing = cat
  • daging = meat
  • sapi = cow/beef
  • babi = pig/pork
  • ikan = fish
  • ayam = chicken
  • burung = bird
  • bebek = duck, goose
  • kambing = goat/lamb
  • serangga = insects
  • kodok/katak = frog
  • buah-buahan = fruits
  • apel = apple
  • pisang = banana
  • jeruk = orange
  • anggur = grape
  • semangka = watermelon
  • melon = melon
  • nanas = pineapple
  • nangka = jackfruit
  • pepaya = papaya
  • makanan = food
  • minuman = drink
  • lapar = hungry
  • haus = thirsty
  • kenyang = full (stomach)
  • nasi = rice
  • sayuran = vegetables
  • bayam = spinach
  • terong = eggplant
  • telur = egg
  • susu = milk
  • air = water
  • teh = tea
  • kopi = coffee
  • jus = juice
  • bir = beer
  • bunga = flowers
  • pohon = tree
  • daun = leaf
  • biji = seed
  • piring = plate
  • sendok = spoon
  • garpu = fork
  • pisau = knife
  • mangkuk = bowl
  • gelas = glass
  • buku = book
  • meja = table
  • kursi = chair
  • lantai = floor
  • atap = roof
  • pintu = door
  • jendela = window
  • rumah = house
  • laki-laki/pria = man/male/boys
  • perempuan/wanita = woman/female/girl
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  • cantik = beautiful, pretty, gorgeous (for female or things)
  • ayu/jelita = beautiful, pretty, gorgeous (for female)
  • tampan/ganteng = handsome
  • indah = beautiful, pretty, gorgeous (for things)
  • lumayan = so so, not bad
  • biasa = mediocre/so so/often
  • buruk (rupa) = ugly
  • jelek = ugly
  • pintar/pandai = smart
  • cerdas = intelligent (usually related to IQ/logic)
  • licik = sneaky smart/cunning
  • bodoh = stupid
  • rajin = dilligent
  • malas = lazy
  • tepat waktu = on time
  • telat/terlambat = late
  • senang/gembira/bahagia/sukacita = happy
  • sedih/murung/duka cita = sad/grief
  • marah/ngambek = angry
  • kesal/sebel = annoyed
  • takut = scared
  • menakutkan = scary
  • terkejut/kaget = shocked/surprised
  • luar biasa = magnificent, unbelievable/breathtaking/beyond expectation/awesome
  • bagus = good, great
  • baik = good, great, kind, nice
  • sempurna = perfect/flawless
  • sangat/amat (‘Adj’)/ (‘Adj’) sekali/banget = very (‘Adj’)
  • banyak = many/much
  • sedikit = few
  • beberapa = some
  • seluruh/semua = whole
  • cukup = enough/alright/okay
  • bersih = clean/spotless
  • kotor = dirty
  • rapi = tidy
  • berantakan = messy
  • berharga/tak ternilai = valuable/priceless
  • penting = important/critical
  • mahal = expensive
  • murah = cheap
  • terjangkau = affordable
  • tidak pernah = never
  • langka/jarang = rare/raw/rarely/seldom
  • kadang-kadang = sometimes
  • biasanya = usually
  • sering = often
  • selalu = always
  • lupa = forget
  • ingat = remember
  • baru = new
  • lama/tua = old
  • kuno = ancient
  • muda = young
  • mudah/gampang = easy/effortless
  • sulit/susah/sukar = hard/difficult
  • keras = hard/tough
  • lembut = soft
  • berat = heavy/weight
  • ringan = light (weight)
  • tinggi = tall/high/height
  • rendah = short
  • panjang = long/length
  • pendek = short
  • gelap = dark
  • terang = light/bright
  • remang = lit
    *More in Indonesian Adjectives and Adjective Words in Indonesian  
  • merah = red
  • jingga/oranye/orange = orange
  • kuning = yellow
  • biru = blue
  • nila = indigo
  • ungu = purple/violet
  • abu-abu = grey
  • hitam = black
  • putih = white
  • krem = cream
  • merah jambu/merah muda/pink = pink
  • toska = tosque
  • biru dongker = navy blue
  • merah maroon = maroon red
  • hijau telur asin = cyan
  • biru tua = dark blue
  • biru muda = light blue
  • warna = color
  • warna-warni = colorful
    *More in Colours in Indonesian Language

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