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Hello and welcome to Indonesian Survival Phrases, brought to you by IndonesianPod101.com This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Indonesia. You'll be surprised at how far a little Indonesian will go. Now before we jump in, remember to stop by IndonesianPod101.com. And there you’ll find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Indonesian Survival Phrases Lesson 19. Lower the Price Please.
The phrase covered in this lesson is related to the phrase "How much?" which in Indonesian is Berapa? We also introduced "How much is this?" Berapa ini? and "How much is that?" Berapa itu? Now, when you come to Indonesia one of the most interesting and fun things to do is haggle at the market! So when you're at the market and talking prices, there is another phrase that will come in very handy! That phrase is "Lower the price please."
In Indonesian "Lower the price please." is Bisa turun sedikit, ya? (slow) Bisa turun sedikit, ya? Let’s break it down by syllable Bi-sa tu-run se-di-kit, ya? Now let’s hear it once again Bisa turun sedikit, ya? The first word bisa means "to be able." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time bi-sa. bisa. This is followed by turun, which means "to go down." turun. (slow) turun. turun. This is followed by sedikit, which means "a little bit." se-di-kit. sedikit. Now, let's take a look at the final word ya which means "yes" or "alright." (slow) ya. ya. So literally this would be "Can go down a bit, yeah?" Let’s hear the whole phrase one more time. Bisa turun sedikit, ya?
Another phrase that can be used in combination with this is "Too expensive." which in Indonesian is Terlalu mahal! (slow) Terlalu mahal! Let’s break it down by syllable. Ter-la-lu ma-hal! Now let’s hear it once again Terlalu mahal! When you haggle in Indonesia, remember to take your time and look around the casually at first. Shopkeepers usually notice people who want to buy things in a hurry. When you see an item you’d like to know more about, ask berapa ini? or berapa itu? and let the shopkeeper make the first offer, which will usually be too high, then make a counteroffer. Then you keep going back and forth until you’re satisfied with one of the offers. If you’re an exceptional bargainer you can reduce the price to about half or even more off the original price. Most people end up reducing about 40%. And remember to have fun, don’t fret over a mis-opportunity to chip away another five hundred rupiah.
Okay to close out today’s lesson we’d like for you to practice what you’ve just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for saying the Indonesian phrase out loud or in Indonesian, dengan keras. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer so selamat sukses, that means "good luck!" in Indonesian.
All right so here we go!
“How much?” (berapa. be-ra-pa. berapa)
“How much is this?” (berapa ini. be-ra-pa i-ni. berapa ini.)
“How much is that?” (berapa itu. be-ra-pa i-tu. berapa itu.)
“Lower the price please.” (bisa turun sedikit, ya? bi-sa tu-run se-di-kit, ya?)
“Too expensive.” (terlalu mahal. ter-la-lu ma-hal. terlalu mahal.)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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