A-Z Words to Get You Anywhere in Indonesian – Meaning

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After learning about Indonesian Formal Language as well as How to Greet People in Indonesian, now let’s learn about Words to Get You Anywhere in Indonesian. Take a look at the lists!

Read also: Useful Words to Get You Anywhere in Indonesia and Indonesian Essential Phrases

Indonesian Noun

Here are all the words to get you anywhere in Indonesian:

1. Transportation in Indonesian

  • mobil = car
  • motor = motorcycle
  • ojek = motorbike-taxi
  • sepeda = bike
  • taksi = taxi
  • angkot = city mass trasnportation
  • becak = bike-wagon
  • bajaj = bajaj (a 3-wheeled vehicle)
  • bus = bus
  • angkutan umum = mass transportation
  • kereta = train
  • kereta rel listrik (KRL) = commuter line
  • kapal = ship
  • Feri = ferry
  • perahu = boat

2. Animals in Indonesian

Notes: in Bahasa Indonesia, the term for animal and its meat are same

  • anjing = dog, (also most popular swear word)
  • kucing = cat
  • ayam = chichken
  • bebek = duck
  • burung = bird
  • sapi = cow/beef
  • babi = pig/pork
  • kambing = goat/lamb
  • serangga = insect
  • nyamuk = mosquito
  • semut = ant
  • lalat = fly
  • ikan = fish
  • gurame = carp
  • kakap = snapper, seabass
  • udang = shrimp
  • cumi-cumi = squid
  • gurita = octopus
  • hiu = shark
  • lumba-lumba = dolphin
  • paus = whale
  • macan = terms for predator like tiger, lion, cheetah and others with similar physical resemblance
  • harimau = tiger
  • singa = lion
  • serigala = wolf
  • ular = snake (also a slang for ‘snake’ personality)

3. Sport in Indonesian

  • jalan = walking
  • lari = running
  • berenang = swimming
  • basket = basket
  • sepak bola = football, soccer
  • voli = volley
  • catur = chest
  • bulutangkis = badminton
  • ping pong, tenis meja = table tennis
  • tenis = tennis
  • balap = race
  • panahan = archery
  • futsal = futsal (smaller-scale-football)

4. Family in Indonesian

  • ayah, bapak = father
  • ibu = mother
  • kakak = older sibling
  • adik = younger sibling
  • kakek = grandfather
  • nenek = grandmother
  • paman = uncle
  • bibi = aunt
  • sepupu = cousin

5. Position in Indonesian

  • atas = above
  • bawah = under
  • kanan = right
  • kiri = left
  • tengah = middle/center
  • belakang = behind
  • depan = in front of
  • dalam = inside
  • luar = outside
  • sebelah, samping = next
  • seberang = opposite
  • Utara = North
  • Selatan = South
  • Timur = East
  • Barat = West
  • Tenggara = Southeast
  • Timur Laut = Northeast
  • Barat Daya = Southwest
  • Barat Laut = Northwest

6. Places in Indonesian

Learn more about words to get you anywhere in Indonesian:

  • rumah = house, home
  • sekolah = school
  • kampus = campus
  • rumah sakit = hospital
  • bioskop = cinema
  • taman = park
  • toko = shop
  • kantor = office
  • kantor pos = post-office
  • kantor polisi = police station
  • bandara = airport
  • pelabuhan = harbour
  • stasiun = station
  • halte = bus stop
  • terminal = terminal
  • jalan = street, road
  • kota = city
  • desa = village
  • kabupaten = regency
  • provinsi = province
  • temapt wisata = tourist destination
  • museum = museum
  • rel = railway

Further readings:

7. Time in Indonesian

  • pagi = morning
  • siang = afternoon
  • sore = evening
  • malam = evening, night
  • besok = tomorrow
  • kemarin = yesterday
  • sekarang = now
  • nanti = later
  • lusa = the day after tomorrow
  • besok lusa = the day after ‘lusa’
  • lusa kemarin = two days ago
  • detik = seconds
  • menit = minute
  • jam = hour
  • hari = day
  • Senin = Monday
  • Selasa = Tuesday
  • Rabu = Wednesday
  • Kamis = Thursday
  • Jumat = Friday
  • Sabtu = Saturday
  • Minggu = Sunday

Indonesian Title

It is important to learn title because most Indonesian always call other people (especially to the older) with the title before calling the name.

  • Bapak/Pak = Mr/Sir
  • Ibu/Bu = Mrs./Ms./Madam/Mam
  • Kakak/Kak = (to refer someone older)
  • Mas (male), Mbak (female) = similar to ‘kakak’, but has a Javanese Sense
  • Om = Uncle
  • Tante = Aunt
  • Mbah/Eyang/Opa/Oma = to elderly

Further reading: Indonesian Cultural Words

Indonesian Pronouns

  • aku, saya = I/my/mine/myself
  • kamu, Anda (formal), kalian (plural) = you/your/your/yourself
  • dia, beliau (to respected person) = he/she, him/her, his/her, his/hers
  • kami = we, us, our, ourselves (without ‘you’)
  • kita = we, us, our, ourselves (including ‘you’)
  • mereka = they, them, their, theirs

‘You’ also could be replaced by title. Check Formal Pronouns

Indonesian Numbers

  • nol = zero
  • satu = one
  • dua = two
  • tiga = three
  • empat = four
  • lima = five
  • enam = six
  • tujuh = seven
  • delapan = eight
  • sembilan = nine
  • sepuluh = ten
  • sebelas = eleven
  • dua belas = twleve
  • dua puluh = twenty
  • dua puluh satu = twenty one
  • seratus = one hundred
  • seribu = one thousand
  • satu juta = one million
  • satu miliar = one billion
  • satu triliun = one triliun
  • setengah = half
  • seperempat = quarter
  • abad = century
  • windu = per eight years
  • dasawarsa = per ten years
  • lusin = dozen
  • kodi = per 20 items
  • rim = per 500 items (paper)

Further reading: Indonesian Numbers

Indonesian Verbs

  • belajar = study
  • bekerja = work
  • makan = eat
  • mandi = take a bath
  • main = play
  • tidur = sleep
  • bangun = wake up
  • sarapan = having breakfast
  • minum = drink
  • menulis = write
  • membaca = read
  • menggambar = draw
  • mengetik = type
  • membeli = buy
  • menjual = sell
  • menawar = negotiate
  • melihat = see
  • mendengar = hear
  • mendengarkan = listen
  • mencium = kiss/smell
  • mengendarai = drive
  • bertanya = ask
  • menjawab = answer
  • memukul = hit, punch
  • menangkap = catch
  • melupakan = forget
  • mengingat = remember
  • menonton = watch
  • melakukan, mengerjakan = do
  • membuat = make
  • menanam = plant
  • memeluk = hug
  • memegang = hold
  • mengambil = take
  • menaruh, meletakkan = put
  • memberi = give
  • menerima = receive
  • membuka = open
  • menutup = close

Further readings:

Indonesian Adjective

  • senang = happy
  • sedih = sad
  • marah = angry
  • murah = cheap
  • mahal = expensive
  • jauh = far
  • dekat = near
  • baik = good
  • buruk = bad, ugly
  • indah = beautiful
  • panas = hot
  • hangat = warm
  • dingin = cold
  • panjang = long
  • pendek = short
  • tinggi = high
  • rendah = short
  • baru = new
  • lama = old, long (time)
  • baru = new
  • muda = yooung
  • sebentar = seconds, fast
  • cepat = fast
  • lambat = slow

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