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Halo semuanya, nama saya Fira. Hi everybody! I’m Fira.
Welcome to IndonesianPod101.com’s “Bahasa Indonesia dalam 3 menit”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Indonesian.
In the last lesson, we learned how to talk about your plans. In this lesson, we are going to discuss how to talk about your nationality.
When you meet a new person in Indonesia, they might ask you Kamu berasal dari mana? which is the equivalent of "Where do you come from?"
You’re familiar with Kamu, the formal word for "you."
Berasal means “originated”
Dari means "from"
And Mana is "where"
All together it's Kamu berasal dari mana?
[slowly] Kamu berasal dari mana?
Answering this question is very easy! You just say Saya, which means "I", then say Dari meaning “from”, then the name of country you’re from.
For example: Saya dari Amerika.
[slowly] Saya dari American.
Just replace “amerika” with your own nationality.
"I am from German" is Saya dari Jerman.
"I am from Italy" is Saya dari Italia.
"I am from Brazil" is Saya dari Brasil.
Be careful, because this is how you refer to your nationality if you are male. For the feminine form, you have to add an e at the end of the nationality.
For example, if you are an American woman, you will say: Je suis américaine
German women say:
Je suis allemande
For Brazilian women it is:
Je suis brésilienne,
and so on.
To return the question you can simply say Et vous? which is "And you?" in a polite way.
Now it’s time for Fira’s tips.
Indonesia is made up of many ethnic groups and different races, so it’s very common for Indonesian people to ask about someone’s ethnic background and nationalities. So you’d better be prepared to answer these kinds of questions! For example, if you are from the US, you will say Saya orang Amerika. For Japanese, Saya orang Jepang.
In this lesson we learned how to talk about nationalities.
Next time we’ll learn to talk about locations. By the way, do you know how to ask someone where they are in Indonesian? I'll be waiting for you with the answer in the next Bahasa Indonesia dalam 3 menit. lesson.
Sampai jumpa lagi!