A-Z Indonesian Words Pronunciation – Complete Guide

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Being familiar with common Indonesian words  is not enough, you also need to master how to pronounce these words the right way. Before we dive more into Indonesian pronunciation, you might want to check out about Indonesian alphabets – vowels and pronunciation.

The Indonesian language we use today is the same language family as Malay language. These languages share similar sounds but you can see loanwords adapted from other languages, such as Sanskrit, Arabic, and European languages such as Dutch and Portugese. However, Indonesian words are written in Latin alphabet, just like English words. What makes them different is the way you pronounce them.

Indonesian Words Pronunciation

A little review, here is how you pronounce Indonesian vowels:

  • a like a in “father”
  • i like ea in “neat”
  • u like ou in “soup”
  • é like e in “mechanic”
  • è like e in “permit”
  • ó like o in “ok”
  • ò like o in “ton”
  • ai like ie in “tie”
  • au like ow in “how”

Apply these vowel pronunciation in saying these Indonesian words aloud!

  • Apa = what
  • mInum =to drink
  • pUlang = to go home
  • Léwat = to pass
  • bèrbicara = to talk
  • sóre = afternoon
  • bòla = ball
  • pantAI = beach
  • mAU = to want

You may also learn here about Indonesian Words A-Z List

Now let us take a look at pronouncing some consonants.

  • N like nd in “band”
  • R like r in ” super”
  • dengaN = with
  • besaR = big
  • BA like bu in “but”
  • BI like bee in “bee”
  • BU like boo in ” booking”
  • BE like pe in “perfect”
  • BE like pe in “pet”
  • BÒ like bo in “boss”
  • CA like cha in “cha cha”
  • CI like chee in “cheese”
  • CU like choo in “choose”
  • CE like ge in ” genius”
  • CO like jo in “job”
  • DA like dam in “dam”
  • DI like di in “disability”
  • DU like du in “due”
  • DE like the in “the”
  • DO like do in “dormitory”

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Here are some common Indonesian words that involve the consonant sounds above!

  • BAhaya = danger
  • berBIcara = speaking
  • BUku = buku
  • BElajar = learning
  • BEsok = tomorrow
  • BÒsan = bored
  • meriCA = pepper
  • CInta = love
  • CUriga = suspect
  • CErita = story
  • COba = try
  • DAri = from
  • taDI = last
  • DUnia = world
  • DErmaga = harbour
  • DOsa = sin

You may also learn here about How to Pronounce Indonesian Words

See if you can pronounce these common Indonesian words as well as Indonesian words pronunciation

1 Aku (I) uh-kooh
2 Tidak (no) tee-duck
3 Yang (which) young
4 Kau (you) kow
5 Ini (this) ee-nee
6 Itu (that) ee-too
7 Di (preposition indication in/on/at) dee
8 Dan (and) dunn
9 Akan (will) uh-kunn
10 Apa (what) uh-puh
11 Dia (she/he) dee-uh
12 Anda (you; formal) un-duh
13 Kita (we)  kee-tuh
14 Untuk (for) unn-took
15 Saya (I; formal) suh-yuh
16 Mereka (they) me-ray-kuh
17 Ada (there is) uh-duh
18 Bisa (can) bee-suh
19 Tahu (know/tofu) tuh-hoo
20 Dengan (with) duh-ngunn

As you can see, how you pronounce these words are pretty different from the English pronunciation you’re familiar with, so take time to practice with the guide above. Keep on learning!

Well, this is the full video to learn Indonesian alphabet pronunciation: