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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 21. Riding the Bus.
The bus is an important means of transportation. However, before you get on the bus you probably want to confirm if the bus is going to your destination. We can accomplish this by asking "Will this bus go to" and then add in a destination. In this lesson we'll use Stasiun Besar Tugu or Grand Tugu Station in the city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java. In Indonesian "bus station" is stasiun bis. Let’s break it down by syllable sta-si-un bis. Now let’s hear it once again stasiun bis. So our original location is Stasiun Bis Yogyakarta.
So in Indonesian "Will this bus go to Stasiun Besar Tugu" is Apa bis ini akan ke Stasiun Besar Tugu? Let’s break it down by syllable A-pa bis i-ni a-kan ke Sta-si-un Be-sar Tu-gu? Now let’s hear it once again. Apa bis ini akan ke Stasiun Besar Tugu?
The first word apa means "what." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. A-pa. Apa. This is followed by bis, which in Indonesian is "bus." (slow) bis. Bis. This is followed by ini, which means "this." (slow) ini. Ini. So to recap here, we have Apa bis ini. Literally this means "Does this bus…" Let's take a look at the next word akan which is the future marker. (Slow) akan. Akan. This is followed by ke, which in Indonesian is "to" or "towards." (slow) ke. ke. Finally, we have our station name Stasiun Besar Tugu which means "Grand Tugu Station." (slow) Stasiun besar tugu. Stasiun besar tugu.
So altogether we have Apa bis ini akan ke Stasiun Besar Tugu? Literally this means "Will this bus go to Grand Tugu Station?"
Once you have the right bus there are a few things you need to know about riding it:
In Indonesia, when you get on the bus, you usually pay your fare to the kondukter ("conductor") when you first get on the bus. The fare called a tarif, which is a flat fee, is usually around a couple thousand rupiah. In Yogyakarta, the flat fee is Rp 2,000, which you can pay in coins or bills.
The city bus or bis kota is certainly a colorful and adventurous way of getting around locally in Indonesia. You’ll notice that the buses themselves very greatly in quality perhaps more than in other countries with the more uniform bus infrastructure. You could be riding on a bus that has air conditioning and relatively clean seats. Or you could be riding on older model with open windows, sometimes uncomfortable seats and noisy engines. Despite these shortcomings you’re guaranteed to meet a wide swath of urban Indonesian society. And may be able to really practice and add to your Indonesian. Every travelers should ride the local bus at least once during their stay. That is if your area even has a local bus system. We’ll get into another types of transport in the later podcast.
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!
“The bus station.” (Stasiun bis. Sta-si-un bis. Stasiun bis.)
“Will this bus go to Grand Tugu Station?” (Apa bis ini akan ke Stasiun Besar Tugu? A-pa bis i-ni a-kan ke Sta-si-un Be-sar Tu-gu? Apa bis ini akan ke Stasiun Besar Tugu?)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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