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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 4. Basic Greetings in Indonesian
Today we’ll cover basic greetings for the appropriate time of day. As there are quite a few to cover, let’s jump right in!
In Indonesian, the phrase Apa kabar? can be used as a universal greeting. (slow) Apa kabar? Let’s break it down by syllable, A-pa ka-bar? Now let’s hear it once again, Apa kabar? 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 kabar, which in Indonesian is "news." kabar (slow) kabar. kabar. So, this phrase literally means, "what's the news?" but basically it means "Hello, how are you?". Let’s hear the entire phrase again, Apa kabar?
In Indonesian "Good morning" is Selamat pagi. (slow) Selamat pagi. Let’s break it down by syllable, Se-la-mat pa-gi. Now let’s hear it once again Selamat pagi. The first word Selamat means "safe" or "blessed." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time, Se-la-mat. Selamat. This is followed by pagi, which in Indonesian is "Morning." (slow) Pagi. Pagi. Let’s hear the entire phrase once again. Selamat pagi.
In Indonesian "Good day" is Selamat siang. (slow)Selamat siang. Let’s break it down by syllable Se-la-mat si-ang. Now let’s hear it once again, Selamat siang. We’ve already know the first word selamat which means "safe" or "blessed." Selamat. This is followed by siang, which in Indonesian is midday, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. Siang. (slow) Siang. Siang. Let’s hear the entire phrase once again. Selamat siang.
"Good afternoon" is Selamat sore. (slow) Selamat sore. Let’s break it down by syllable, Se-la-mat so-re. Now let’s hear it once again Selamat sore. We’ve already know the first word selamat which means "safe" or "blessed." Selamat. This is followed by sore, which in Indonesian is the afternoon, from about 3 P.M. to around 6 P.M. sore. (slow) sore. sore. Let’s hear the entire phrase once again Selamat sore.
And finally we have "good evening" which in Indonesian is Selamat malam. Let’s break it down by syllable, Se-la-mat ma-lam. Now let’s hear it once again, Selamat malam. We’ve already know the first word selamat which means "safe" or "blessed." This is followed by malam, which in English is "evening" or "night." malam. (slow) malam. malam. Now let’ hear the entire phrase once again Selamat malam.
The great thing about these phrases is that you can use these with everybody and anybody, from friends and family to the village head and even the Sultan of Yogyakarta (if you ever get a chance to speak with him, of course). You will always be polite with these expressions, so use them often when the time is right!
Speaking of time, did you notice that had two words for what we English speakers would consider the afternoon? Well that’s because in Indonesian, time divided slightly differently. Pagi is the morning, but until around 11AM, the it become siang which is mid-day, this last from 11AM to around 3PM. We have sore after that, which is from 3PM to around 6PM. And then it’s malam from that point on.
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!
“Hello, how are you?” (Apa kabar? (slow) Apa kabar? Apa kabar?)
“Good morning.” (Selamat pagi. (slow) Selamat pagi. Selamat pagi.)
“Good day.” (Selamat siang (slow) Selamat siang. Selamat siang.)
“Good afternoon.” (Selamat sore (slow) Selamat sore. Selamat sore.)
“Good evening.” (Selamat malam (slow) Selamat malam. Selamat malam)
All right, that's going to do it for today!
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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello, Listeners! What time do you have lunch today? Could you write down the time in Indonesian?

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Tuesday at 12:18 AM
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Hello Farah,

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. 🙂 Your friend is correct about not always using "selamat". It is similar to English "Good morning!" and "Morning!" Selamat belajar dan sampai nanti!


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Sarah

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Tuesday at 12:12 AM
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Hello Ken McLean,

Thank you for sharing your experience! Being where the language is spoken does help learning the language ya Pak :)


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Farah
Tuesday at 07:43 AM
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my friend who is Indonesian tells me that selamat is not always needed only when talking to someone that i am close to like her, and that she prefers the words on their own. is that okay?


i also want to know if it is rude to sometimes just wave when i get confused with greetings and don't want to speak.

Ken McLean
Friday at 03:04 PM
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These ones I did know . ( numerous trips to Bali )😄

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Hello Yamuna,


Thank you for your comment.


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Sarah

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Yamuna
Wednesday at 03:42 PM
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Selamat siang

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Friday at 10:17 AM
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Apa kabar Cristy Here,


You are very welcome. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck with your language studies.


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Cristy Here
Wednesday at 09:15 PM
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thank you very much! Terima kasih kembali!😁 Selamat Malam..

I really love the lessons. i am learning very well...Thank you!

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Hi wael,


Terima kasih for your kind comment. 😇

We are very happy to have you here.

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wael
Wednesday at 03:21 PM
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Now the time in Jakarta is

13:20