100 Indonesian Keywords and Phrases – Meaning

Greetings! How do you enjoy being in Indonesia? Have you slowly learned Bahasa Indonesia during your stay here? Don’t worry, there are easy ways to learn Bahasa Indonesia in a day. The simplest way is to have conversations in Indonesian language. There are examples of Indonesian conversation for beginners that can help you out.

Indonesian Keywords and Phrases

Aside from that, here are a list of common Indonesian phrases translated from English phrases you’re familiar with to make it easier for you to learn.

English Phrases Indonesian Phrases
English Greetings Indonesian Greetings:
Hi! Hai!
Good morning! Selamat pagi
Good evening! Selamat malam
Welcome! (to greet someone) Selamat datang
How are you? Apa kabar?
I’m fine, thanks! Baik, terima kasih
And you? Dan kamu?
Good/ So-So. Baik / Biasa saja
Thank you (very much)! Terima kasih (banyak)!
You’re welcome! (for “thank you”) Kembali (complete form: Terima kasih kembali)
Hey! Friend! Hei teman!
I missed you so much! Saya/ aku sangat or Saya/ aku kangen kamu (informal)
What’s new? Ada kabar baru?
Nothing much Tidak banyak
Good night! Selamat malam
See you later! Sampai jumpa
Good bye! Selamat tinggal
Asking for Help and Directions
I’m lost Saya tersesat
Can I help you? Bisa saya bantu?
Can you help me? Bisa bantu saya?
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? Kamar (mandi/apotik) dimana?
Go straight! then turn left/ right! lurus terus! lalu belok kiri/kanan!
I’m looking for john. Saya mencari John
One moment please! Tunggu sebentar!
Hold on please! (phone) Tunggu sebentar!
How much is this? ini harganya berapa?
Excuse me …! (to ask for something) Permisi!
Excuse me! ( to pass by) Permisi!
Come with me! ikutilah saya!

Thus, that was some Indonesian Conversation Phrases

More Indonesian Keywords and Phrases

How to Introduce Yourself  Meaning 
Do you speak (English/ Indonesian)? Apakah kamu bisa berbahasa (Inggris/Indonesia)
Just a little. Sedikit.
What’s your name? Siapa namamu? / nama kamu siapa?
My name is … Nama saya …
Mr…/ Mrs.…/ Miss… Tuan../ Nyonya../ Saudari…
Nice to meet you! Senang bertemu denganmu
You’re very kind! Kamu baik sekali
Where are you from? Dari mana asal kamu? / (or) Kamu berasal dari mana?
I’m from (the U.S/ Indonesia) Saya dari Amerika/indonesia
I’m (American) Saya orang Amerika
Where do you live? Kamu tinggal dimana?
I live in (the U.S/ Indonesia) Saya tinggal di Amerika/Indonesia
Did you like it here? Kamu suka disini?
Indonesia is a wonderful country Indonesia adalah negara yang indah
What do you do for a living? Apa pekerjaanmu?
I work as a (translator/ businessman) Saya bekerja sebagai penerjemah/businessman
I like Indonesian Saya suka orang Indonesia
I’ve been learning Indonesian for 1 month Saya telah belajar bahasa Indonesia selama sebulan
Oh! That’s good! Oh, bagus sekali!
How old are you? Berapa umurmu?
I’m (twenty, thirty…) years old. Saya (dua puluh, tiga puluh,…) tahun.
I have to go Saya harus pergi
I will be right back! Saya akan segera kembali

More Indonesian Keywords and Phrases

Wish Someone Something
Good luck! Semoga sukses
Happy birthday! Selamat ulang tahun
Happy new year! Selamat tahun baru
Merry Christmas! Selamat hari natal
Happy Weekend Selamat akhir pekan
Congratulations! Selamat
Enjoy! (for meals…) Selamat menikmati
I’d like to visit Indonesia one day Saya ingin mengunjungi Indonesia suatu hari nanti
Good night and sweet dreams! Selamat malam, mimpi indah
Solving a Misunderstanding
I’m Sorry! (if you don’t hear something) Maaf…
Sorry (for a mistake) Maaf
No Problem! Tidak apa-apa
Can You Say It Again? Bisa tolong diulangi?
Can You Speak Slowly? Bisa bicara pelan-pelan?
Write It Down Please! Tolong tulis
I Don’t Understand! Saya tidak mengerti
I Don’t Know! Saya tidak tahu
I Have No Idea. Saya tidak tahu
What’s That Called In Indonesian? Apa maksudnya dalam bahasa Indonesia?
What Is this? Apa ini?
My Indonesian is bad. Bahasa Indonesia saya buruk
I need to practice my Indonesian Saya harus berlatih bahasa Indonesia saya
Don’t worry! Jangan kuatir
Indonesian Expressions and Words
Good/ Bad/ So-So. Baik/ Buruk/ Biasa saja
Big/ Small Besar/ Kecil
Today/ Now Hari ini/ Sekarang
Tomorrow/ Yesterday Besok/ Kemarin
Yes/ No Ya/ Tidak
Here you go! (when giving something) Ini!
Do you like it? Kamu suka ini?
I really like it! Saya suka sekali!
I’m hungry/ thirsty. Saya lapar/haus
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night. Pada pagi hari/ Sore hari/ Malam hari
This/ That. Here/There ini/ itu. Disini/ Disana
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Saya/ Kamu. Dia/ Dia
Really! Benar!
Look! Lihat!
Hurry up! Cepat!
What? Where? Apa? Dimana?
I love you! Saya cinta kamu
I feel sick. Saya merasa tidak sehat
I need a doctor Saya perlu dokter

Also check out basic Indonesian vocabulary to enrich your Indonesian,  and don’t forget to learn Indonesian greeting etiquette and manners when you communicate with someone. For example, learning different phrases about how to say thank you in Indonesian is important to make sure you’re polite and well-mannered. Good luck!