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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 2. You’re Welcome in Indonesian.
And today’s lesson we continue on with basic etiquette. Indonesians are exceptionally hospitable, and phrases of gratitude and those related are used at an extremely high frequency. During your travels in Indonesia, chances are good that you'll both hear and use them.
In Indonesian "You're welcome" is Kembali. (slow) Kembali. Let’s break it down by syllable Kem-ba-li. Now let’s hear it once again, Kembali. The word literally means "to return." Let’s hear it one more time Kembali.
Another way, this time a more informal way, of responding to a phrase of gratitude is Sama-sama. (slow) Sama-sama. Let’s break it down by syllable Sa-ma-sa-ma. Now let’s hear it once again, Sama-sama. The expression is made up of the word sama, which means "the same," said twice. In this case, sama-sama means "the same to you." So altogether we have sama-sama. Literally this means "the same to you."
The last way, this time the most formal way, of responding to a phrase of gratitude is Terima kasih kembali. Let’s break it down by syllable Te-ri-ma ka-sih kem-ba-li. Now let’s hear it once again, Terima kasih kembali. This expression is made up of two phrases that we already know. The first two words make up the expression "thank you" in Indonesian, which again is (slow) terima kasih. terima kasih. The third word is kembali, which means "to return." (slow) kembali. kembali.
So altogether we have Terima kasih kembali. Literally this means "I'm returning the thanks."
So as you may have noticed from the phrases we’ve just learned, Indonesian society generally places a huge value on reciprocity as shown by the use of verbs such as kembali “to return” and sama to be “the same”. If you do a huge favor for a good friend or colleague in Indonesia it is expected that they return the favor at some point. Likewise if someone does a huge favor on your behalf, it’s your job to return the favor. This is key in building long lasting rapport and camaraderie in Indonesia. 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.
Alright so here we go!
“You’re welcome”. (Kembali. Kem-ba-li. Kembali)
“The same to you”. (Sama-sama. Sa-ma sa-ma. Sama-sama)
“I’m returning the thanks”. (Terima kasih kembali. Te-ri-ma ka-sih kem-ba-li. Terima kasih kembali.)
All right, that's going to do it for today!
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