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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 45. I’m a Vegetarian.
Today’s lesson is not only for all of the vegetarians out there but is also for anyone with an adversity to a particular food! There are many reasons a person won't eat a particular food, and there may be instances when communicating this is necessary. Today, we'll go over some phrases to ensure you don't get any unwanted surprises on the plate.
In Indonesian "I am a vegetarian!" is Saya vegetarian. Let’s break it down by syllable sa-ya ve-ge-ta-ri-an. Now let’s hear it once again Saya vegetarian. 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 vegetarian, which in Indonesian is "vegetarian." vegetarian. ve-ge-ta-ri-an. vegetarian. So altogether we have Saya vegetarian. Literally this means "I'm a vegetarian."
Another way you communicate you don't or can't eat a particular food is by saying just that! In Indonesian "I can"t eat meat!" is Saya tidak boleh makan daging. Let’s break it down by syllable Sa-ya ti-dak bo-leh ma-kan da-ging. Now let’s hear it once again Saya tidak boleh makan daging. The first word saya means "I" or "me" as we've mentioned earlier. Saya. This is followed by tidak, which in Indonesian is "not." Tidak. ti-dak. tidak. The next word is boleh which means "may" or "be permitted to." Bo-leh. boleh. So to recap here, we have Saya tidak boleh. Literally this means "I may not." Next we have makan which means "eat." Ma-kan. makan. Finally we have daging which means "meat." Da-ging. daging. So altogether we have Saya tidak boleh makan daging. Literally this means "I can't eat meat."
This sentence pattern can be used for foods other than meat by changing just one word! So let's take a look at some other possibilities. Let's try "fish," in Indonesian "fish" is ikan. One more time, ikan. i-kan. ikan. Now let's try the phrase with this word. Saya tidak boleh makan ikan! You'll notice that we've just replaced the word for meat, daging, with the word for fish, ikan.
Most Indonesians are unabashedly omnivorous and look at vegetarian as an admirable yet eccentric endeavour. However there are plenty of foods one can eat as a vegetarian especially now since vegetarian is an as gradually catching on with the young people. One type of food is known as tempe which actually know in some circles in North America and Europe. This food is made out of soybeans which has been cultured with the particular mold. To make this ready to eat, tempe should be well cooked and the easiest thing to do is to deep fry it. If it’s not cooked thoroughly the tempe takes on the rather chalky aftertaste. While a perfect piece of tempe should remind one vaguely of mushrooms.
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’m a vegetarian.” (Saya vegetarian. Sa-ya ve-ge-ta-ri-an. Saya vegetarian.)
“I can’t eat meat.” (Saya tidak boleh makan daging. Sa-ya ti-dak bo-leh ma-kan da-ging. Saya tidak boleh makan daging.)
“I can’t eat fish.” (Saya tidak boleh makan ikan. Sa-ya ti-dak bo-leh ma-kan i-kan. Saya tidak boleh makan ikan.)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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