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Gina: Hi everyone, Gina here, and welcome back to IndonesianPod101.com. This is Basic Bootcamp, Lesson 5 - Counting from 100 to 1 million in Indonesian.
Fira: Halo. I’m Fira. In this last lesson of the series, you’ll learn how to count numbers up to 1 million in Indonesian.
Gina: But don’t be afraid. Indonesian numbers are very easy to learn, so you’ll master all of them quickly. In this lesson, Rob is going to try to bargain with a shopkeeper.
Fira: The conversation takes place at a local market. And they will use formal Indonesian.
Fira: Let’s listen to the conversation.
Gina: Wow, the numbers are so high – they started with 50,000. Are they selling some expensive items in a local market?
Fira: Not at all. That’s the first thing you need to get used to when you’re traveling in Indonesia - the currency.
Gina: At the current rate, there are about 11,000 rupiah to one US dollar, and that’s why Rob started with a higher number when he was bartering. So Fira, for bargaining in Indonesia, is there something that our listeners should know?
Fira: Suggest something much lower than what you want to really pay. As you can see in the conversation, the sellers will try to make you pay more anyway.
Gina: Ok, and after getting the deal, what would you say?
Fira: You can say ‘Ya Boleh’ as Rob did in the dialogue. It literally means ‘you may’ and you can use the phrase when you want to finish the bargaining.
Gina: Okay, now onto the vocab.
Gina: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. What’s the first word, Fira?
Fira: Seratus.
Gina: One hundred.
Fira: It has the prefix ‘Se’ meaning ‘one’ and ‘ratus’ meaning ‘a hundred.’ Using the word ‘ratus’, you can simply make the numbers like 200 and 300.
Gina: Okay, so how would you say “200” in Indonesian?
Fira: Duaratus. Dua means the number ‘two’ in Indonesian, so it means ‘two hundred.’
Gina: Then what about “301”?
Fira: It’s simple. You can say ‘Tiga-ratus satu.’
Gina: And what about “1000”?
Fira: We’ll go over the higher numbers in the grammar.
Gina: Ok, let’s move on to the grammar then!

Lesson focus

Gina: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to count numbers up to 1 million in Indonesian.
Fira: Let’s start with the number “1,000.” In Indonesian, you can say ‘Seribu.’
Gina: It starts with ‘Se’ too.
Fira: That’s right. And it also means that you can make different numbers using the suffix ‘Ribu.’
Gina: So, how would you say 2,000?
Fira: That’s Dua-ribu.
Gina: And three thousand?
Fira: That’s Tiga-ribu. The same way we made the other numbers before, you can simply add the numbers to the suffix.
Gina: Okay, and what about ten thousand?
Fira: It’s simple! The Indonesian word ‘Sepuluh’ means ‘ten’, so you can say ‘Sepuluh Ribu.’
Gina: That literally means ‘ten thousand’, like in English. So listeners, can you guess how to read ‘one hundred thousand’ in Indonesian? The answer is..?
Fira: ‘Seratus Ribu.’ Seratus is the word meaning ‘one hundred.’ So it literally means ‘one hundred thousand.’
Gina: Then what about “1 million”?
Fira: That’s Satu juta.
Gina: And using this word and the other ones that we’ve learned previously, you can make even higher numbers too.
Fira: Such as.. 10 million, which is ‘Sepuluh Juta’ in Indonesian.
Gina: See, it’s easy!


Gina: Okay, that’s it for this lesson and this series. We hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. Thank you for listening everyone, and we’ll see you in another series.
Fira: Sampai jumpa.