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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 26. Riding a Taxi in Indonesia
In this lesson we'll cover a phrase used to get you to your destination when riding a taxi. We'll take a look at the most basic way to express this, which is the word "to" followed by a destination. In this lesson we'll use Kraton Yogya. Now let’s hear it once again Keraton Yogya. This location is known for being a famous royal palace in the town of Yogyakarta, Central Java. So now let's go over what to say to the taxi driver to get there.
In Indonesian "to the Kraton Yogya" is Ke Kraton Yogya. Let’s break it down by syllable Ke Kra-ton Yog-ya. The word for "to" in Indonesian is ke.
This is the most basic way of expressing where you would like to go. Well, actually just saying your desired destination should work, but speaking the local language is one of the most fun things you can do on your travels. So let's go over another option!
You can also say, "I would like to go to the Kraton Yogya," which in Indonesian is Saya mau ke Kraton Yogya. Let’s break it down by syllable Sa-ya ma-u ke Kra-ton Yog-ya. Now let’s hear it again. Saya mau ke Kraton Yogya. Let's take a look at the components. The first word saya means "I" or "me." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. Sa-ya. Saya. This is followed by mau, which in Indonesian is "to want." Mau. Ma-u. Mau. So to recap here, we have saya mau. Literally this means "I want." Let's take a look at the next word ke which means "to" or "towards." As we’ve said before. Ke. Finally, we have our destination, Kraton Yogya. So altogether we have Saya mau ke Kraton Yogya. Literally this means "I want to the Kraton Yogya."
In Indonesia, you are not expected to tip the driver. However if you feel that service has been exceptional, you can give a token amount.
One more helpful phrase when taking a taxi is "Here is fine." This phrase will allow you to get out of the taxi whenever and wherever you want. In Indonesian "Here is fine." is Di sini cukup baik. Let’s break it down by syllable. Di si-ni cu-kup ba-ik. Let’s hear it one more time. Di sini cukup baik. The first word di sini means "here." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. Di si-ni. Di sini. This is followed by cukup, which in Indonesian is "enough." Cukup. Cu-kup. Cukup. Now let's take a look at the last word baik which means "fine." Ba-ik. Baik. So altogether we have Di sini cukup baik. Literally this means "It's fine enough here."
Taxis are rather plentiful in the urban areas of Indonesia. Simply look for cars labeled “TAKSI”. Once you get inside, ensure that the driver turns on and reset the meter before you start heading to your destination. After driver claims that the meter is broken or simply flat out refuses to turn on the meter, simply insist that you would take another taxi. Most taxi drivers are honest but there is always the danger of encountering an un-metered taxi.
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!
“I wanna go to the Kraton Yogya.” (Saya mau ke Kraton Yogya. Sa-ya ma-u ke Kra-ton Yog-ya. Saya mau ke Kraton Yogya.)
“Here is fine.” (Di sini cukup baik. Di si-ni cu-kup ba-ik. Di sini cukup baik.)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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