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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 60. Congratulations!
Today we are going to introduce you to some phrases ideal for special occasions that you can use with Indonesian speakers anywhere in the world! So whether you’re sending an e-mail across the globe, or saying it in person, the following phrases for celebratory events will allow you to express your sentiments in Indonesian. In Indonesian "Congratulations!" is selamat berbahagia!. Let’s break it down by syllable se-la-mat ber-ba-ha-gi-a. Now let’s hear it once again selamat berbahagia! The first word selamat means "good" or "blessed." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time se-la-mat. This is followed by berbahagia, which in Indonesian is "to be happy." Berbahagia. ber-ba-ha-gi-a. berbahagia. So altogether we have Selamat berbahagia!. Literally this means "Good that you are happy" or "congratulations."
The word selamat is so versatile – it can be used to express many celebratory sentiments in Indonesian. For example, we have these: Happy Birthday! – Selamat Ulang Tahun: ulang tahun means "birthday" Happy New Year! - Selamat Tahun Baru: tahun baru means "new year" Merry Christmas! - Selamat Hari Raya Natal: Hari Raya Natal means "Christmas" Now some special greetings for other religious holidays celebrated in Indonesia. Happy Idul-Fitri, the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan - Selamat Hari Idul Fitri: Idul Fitri means the closing of Ramadan. And for a uniquely Balinese holiday, Happy Galungan-Kuningan – Selamat Hari Raya Galungan dan Kuningan: Galungan-Kuningan is the special ten day holiday period for the Balinese, who are mostly Hindu. This period happens once every 210 days.
The biggest holiday rush for most of Indonesia is the week that precedes the actual date of Idul Fitri also called Lebaran. Which is the official end of the fasting month of Ramadhan. This an extremely busy time and it is recommended that you stay put at this time if you are in Indonesia. Like the Thanksgiving holiday period in the US. Travel both ground and air-based is extremely difficult. Almost impossible even to come by, as people try to return home for the festivities. It’s certainly an interesting time to be there, but don’t expect to get around much.
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.
Congratulations! (Selamat berbahagia. se-la-mat ber-ba-ha-gi-a. Selamat berbahagia)
Happy Birthday! (Selamat Ulang Tahun. se-la-mat u-lang ta-hun. Selamat Ulang Tahun)
Merry Christmas! (Selamat Hari Raya Natal. se-la-mat ha-ri ra-ya na-tal. Selamat Hari Raya Natal)
Happy Idul Fitri! (Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri. se-la-mat ha-ri ra-ya i-dul fi-tri. Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri.)
Happy Galungan-Kuningan! (Selamat Hari Raya Galungan dan Kuningan. se-la-mat ha-ri ra-ya ga-lung-an dan ku-ning-an. Selamat Hari Raya Galungan dan Kuningan)
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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