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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 52. First Encounters
There is no impression like the first. In today’s lesson we’ll work on leaving the first impression that will lasts. In Indonesian "How do you do?" is 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, ka-bar, kabar. So altogether we have Apa kabar? Literally this means "What"s the news?"
Now for the next phrase we'll need a name, so I will use mine. Wait a sec—it turns out that a lot of Indonesians have a hard time with my usual name, Ed, so I'll use a more Indonesian sounding version, "Eddi." In Indonesian "I am Eddi." is Nama saya Eddi. Let’s break it down by syllable Na-ma sa-ya Ed-di. Now let’s hear it once again Nama saya Eddi. The first word nama means "name." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time Na-ma, nama. This is followed by saya, which in this case is "my." Saya, sa-ya, saya. So to recap here, we have nama saya. Literally this means "my name." The last word, of course, is my Indonesian name Eddi. So altogether we have Nama saya Eddi. Literally this means "My name's Eddi."
And finally, "Nice to meet you." In Indonesian this is Salam kenalan. Let’s break it down by syllable Sa-lam ke-na-lan, Now let’s hear it once again salam kenalan.The first word salam means "greeting." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time. sa-lam. salam. This is followed by kenalan, which in Indonesian is "acquaintance." kenalan. ke-na-lan. kenalan. So altogether we have Salam kenalan. Literally this means "Greeting you with my acquaintance."
When you first introduce yourself, your addressee will probably stick out his or her right hand. Remember that left hand taboo is still in play here for the handshake. Do not however go for the bone crushing or even the firm handshake. Instead you get to break the western convention which you want is precisely the dead fish handshake. If you are a man meeting an Indonesian Muslim woman, wait for her to stick out her hand to initiate a handshake. Otherwise small bow of head will do.
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!
“How do you do?” (Apa kabar? A-pa ka-bar? Apa kabar?)
“My name is Eddi.” (Nama saya Eddi. Na-ma sa-ya Ed-di. Nama saya Eddi.)
“Glad to meed you.” (Salam kenalan. Sa-lam ke-na-lan. Salam kenalan.)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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