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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 49. Medicine
Nobody knows your body like you! And when it comes to over-the-counter drugs, you may know what you need. So today, we'll go over asking for some basic medicines. Let's start with cold medicine.
In Indonesian "Cold medicine please." is Minta obat pilek. Let’s break it down by syllable Min-ta o-bat pi-lek. Now let’s hear it once again Minta obat pilek. 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 obat, which in Indonesian is "medicine." Obat. o-bat. obat. So to recap here, we have Minta obat. Literally this means "I ask for medicine." Let's take a look at the last word pilek which means "a cold." pi-lek. pilek.
So altogether we have Minta obat pilek. Literally this means "I ask for cold medicine."
You may want the strongest one they have. "The strongest you have please." is Minta yang paling keras. Let’s break it down by syllable. Min-ta yang pa-ling ke-ras. Now let’s hear it once again Minta yang paling keras.
We'll look at the phrase introduced today with some more words for medicines as the medicine you want is the only thing that changes, while "please" stays the same. So let's go over some other types of medicine:
"Flu medicine." obat flu.
"Aspirin." obat aspirin.
"Ibuprofen." obat ibuprofen.
"Laxative." obat cuci perut.
"Antacid." zat anti asam.
If you ever need to go to an apotik to get a refill of your medicine, make sure that you bring the prescription bottle or container, which will have the name and dose of the medicine and the list of the alternate names for your medicine just in case the Indonesian label does not match the name that you have on your medicine. Also there is a traditional medicinal or treatment. A honorius tonics actually, which are known as jamu. A cup of jamu usually contains some mixture of several herbs and they are different formulas for each types of elements. I once had a homemade jamu made of crushed and pulverized papaya and chilli leaves to treat a rather bothersome cold. The result left an extremely bitter aftertaste for at least an hour. After a couple of hours I felt better, but I wouldn’t recommend this to cure more serious ailments. It’s a lot better to go to a doctor at that point if you can. Jamu tonics are more of a daily routine supplement if anything.
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!
“Cold medicine please.” (Minta obat pilek. Min-ta o-bat pi-lek. Minta obat pilek.)
“The strongest please.” (Minta yang paling keras. Min-ta yang pa-ling ke-ras. Minta yang paling keras)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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