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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 40. Phone Cards
While most people wouldn't or couldn't step outside without their cell phones, when visiting another country, sometimes it's a little too far for you local carrier. In recent years you have been able to rent a cell phone when you get to Indonesia, and we'll cover this in another lesson, but the good old pay phone is still an option when you're traveling in Indonesia.
Public phones in Indonesia take coins and/or phone cards. You can buy Rp. 5.000,- telephone cards, and today we'll work on asking for them. You can purchase these cards at Kiosks, convenience stores, and other places.
Now before asking for a card, you may want to find out if they have the cards. In Indonesian, "Do you have phone cards?" is Ada kartu telpon? Let’s break it down by syllable A-da kar-tu tel-pon? 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 kartu, which in Indonesian is "card." kartu. kar-tu. kartu. Finally, we have telpon, which means "telephone." So altogether we have Ada kartu telpon? Literally this means "Is there a telephone card?"
The answer to this will be "yes" ya, ada or "no" tidak ada. In the case that they have the cards, you'll want to ask for one of the denominations we talked about.
Let's start with a Rp 5.000,- card. In Indonesian, "A Rp 5,000 telephone card please." is Minta kartu lima ribuan. Let’s break it down by syllable. Min-ta kar-tu li-ma ri-bu-an. Now let’s hear it once again. Minta kartu lima ribuan. The first word minta means "to request" or "ask for." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. Min-ta. minta. This is followed by kartu, which is "card," as we've said before. kartu. Finally we have lima ribuan, which means "something worth 5,000." lima ribuan. li-ma ri-bu-an. lima ribuan. So altogether we have Minta kartu lima ribuan. Literally this means "I ask for a card worth 5,000, please."
Other denominations might include Rp 1.000,- which would be seribuan. se-ri-bu-an. seribuan. Or Rp 2.000,- which would be dua ribuan. du-a ri-bu-an. dua ribuan. Another option even if you are in a seemingly isolated village is to visit a local wartel or telecommunication shack. This contains at least a couple of booths where you can make local calls mostly although some wartel in urban areas are also capable of handling foreign calls. When you enter, the receptionist will assign you to a booth, you then make the call. After you complete your call, you go back to the receptionist to pay for your call. It’s as simple as that.
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!
“Do you have telephone card?” (Ada kartu telpon? A-da kar-tu tel-pon? Ada kartu telpon?)
“A Rp 5.000,- telephone card please.” (Minta kartu lima ribuan. Min-ta kar-tu li-ma ri-bu-an. Minta kartu lima ribuan.)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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