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What is Sama-Sama in Indonesian? Examples – Phrase

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Now we are going to learn another topic about Bahasa Indonesia terms that are commonly used in daily conversation. In Bahasa Indonesia, there are phrases that commonly mean two or more different definitions.

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One of these many phrases is sama-sama. The phrase sama-sama in Bahasa Indonesia is very common to be used in colloquial conversation. This phrase has two different meanings and the meanings are not quite similar to each other.

To have a clearer explanation, we will discuss it in 2 parts. Consist of meaning explanation and examples.

The Meaning of Sama-Sama

In Bahasa Indonesia, the phrase sama-sama has three different meanings or usage. The most common one is the phrase sama-sama is used as a reply when you are being thanked by someone. This is the common respond in when someone says terima kasih or in English, Thank you to you. So, sama-sama in this context means “you are welcome” or in some cases, it means “don’t mention it”.

The way you pronounce sama-sama in Bahasa Indonesia is /sum-a-suma/.

The phrase sama-sama can also be used in a sentence that means together or jointly in English. When you are going to say that you will go together with somebody in Bahasa Indonesia, you can use the phrase sama-sama or to clearer, bersama-sama in your sentence. For a better understanding, the examples will be at the next part.

The third meaning of sama-sama in Bahasa Indonesia is when you are mentioning two different things but have some similarities. In English, it can be translated as “also”, “both”, or “too”. The examples for better understanding will also be given in the next part.

The Examples for Using Sama-Sama in Bahasa Indonesia

In this part, you will be given some examples for using each explained meaning above to get more understanding about what is sama-sama in Bahasa Indonesia. Each example also has translated version and context.

  1. Sama-sama as a respond to thank you

Examples: A: Terimakasih atas bantuannya (Thanks for the help)   
                    B: Sama-sama (You are welcome)

A: Bang, makasih udah bantuin. (Bro, thanks you helped)         
B: iya, bang, sama-sama (okay, bro, don’t mention it)

  • Sama-sama that means together
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Examples: A: Kita pulang sama-sama ya     
                   A: We go home together 

In the example above, the speaker is inviting to go home together or with someone.

A: Kita lakukan bersama-sama    
A: We do it as one/adjointly

In this context, the speaker is going to do something with someone together/adjointly/as one.

  • Sama-sama that means also, both, or too

Examples: A: Kau sama-sama kaya  
                   A: You are also rich

In the example above, the speaker is mentioning that the addressee has the same wealth as the speaker/somebody.

A: Kau dan aku sama-sama ganteng      
A: You and I are both handsome

The context is the speaker mentions that both he and his friend are equally good-looking.

A: Kau sama-sama penipu          
A: You are a swindler too

The context is similar with the first example, the only different is when using too, you need to shift the position of the word.

So, that’s all you need to know about what is sama-sama in Bahasa Indonesia. In learning Bahasa Indonesia, you have to know the language as a whole and get new materials every day.

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