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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 29. Directions
In this lesson we'll introduce you directions that will help you find the place you are looking for. Previously we introduced, "Is there a place near here?" and "Where is there a something?" But while we can now ask, we haven't addressed understanding the answer. Today we’re going to work on understanding what is said. So today we'll go over basic directions. First we have, "go straight." In Indonesian "go straight." is Jalan terus. Let’s break it down by syllable. Ja-lan te-rus. Now let’s hear it once again. Jalan terus. The first word jalan means "to go." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time, ja-lan. jalan. This is followed by terus, which in Indonesian is "straight" or "onward." Terus. te-rus. terus. So altogether we have Jalan terus. Literally this means "Go straight." Now we're going to work on turning. Let's try "turn right"; In Indonesian "turn right" is Belok kanan. The first word belok means "to turn." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. Be-lok. belok. This is followed by kanan, which in Indonesian is "right." Kanan. ka-nan. kanan.
Now "turn left"; In Indonesian is Belok kiri. The first word belok means "to turn" as we've mentioned before. Belok. This is followed by kiri, which means "left." Kiri. ki-ri.kiri.
Now, if you want to make the directions more specific, such as "Turn right at the light," "at the end of the block," and so on, here are some additional items that you can add to your repertoire:
"At the traffic light" is di lampu lalu lintas. Remember from our other podcasts that di is the preposition meaning "in" or "at." The new word here lampu lalu lintas "traffic light”, is made up of two words. The first word lampu means "light," lam-pu. lampu. while the second word, a compound actually, lalu lintas means "traffic." La-lu lin-tas. Lalu lintas. Let’s hear this phrase again. Di lampu lalu lintas.
"At the end of the block" or more appropriately "at the corner" is di pojok. The first word is our friendly preposition again, di, meaning "in" or "at." The second word is pojok which means "the corner." Let’s break it down and hear it once again. po-jok. pojok. Let’s hear this phrase once again di pojok.
In Indonesian "It's on the right." is Ada di sebelah kanan. Let’s break it down by syllable A-da di se-be-lah ka-nan. Now let’s hear it once again Ada di sebelah kanan. The first word ada means "to exist" or "there is." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. A-da. ada. This is followed by di, which is our friendly preposition yet again which means "in" or "at." di. So to recap here, we have ada di. Literally this means "it's there at." Let's take a look at the next word sebelah which means "side." se-be-lah. sebelah. The last word kanan, if you remember, means "right." ka-nan. kanan. So altogether we have Ada di sebelah kanan. Literally this means "It's there on the right side." It’s on the left is Ada di sebelah kiri. Let’s break it down by syllable. A-da di se-be-lah ki-ri. Now let’s hear it once again. Ada di sebelah kiri. In this case, you simply replace the word for "right," kanan with the word for "left," kiri. Let’s hear the entire phrase once again: Ada di sebelah kiri.
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!
“Go straight” (Jalan terus. Ja-lan te-rus. Jalan terus.)
“Turn right” (Belok kanan. be-lok ka-nan. belok kanan.)
“Turn left” (Belok kiri. be-lok ki-ri. belok kiri.)
“At the traffic light.” (Di lampu lalu lintas. di lam-pu la-lu lin-tas. di lampu lalu lintas.)
“At the corner.” (Di pojok. Di po-jok. Di pojok.)
“It’s on the right.” (Ada di sebelah kanan. a-da di se-be-lah ka-nan. ada di sebelah kanan.)
“It’s on the left.” (Ada di sebelah kiri. a-da di se-be-lah ki-ri. ada di sebelah kiri.)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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