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Jessi: Top 25 Indonesian Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 11: How old are you in Indonesian? In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Indonesian learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question "How old are you?" In Indonesian this is
Fira: Berapa umurmu?
The first word in the question โ€œHow old are you?โ€ is
Fira: berapa
Jessi: "meaning something like how many / much" in English. Listen to it syllable by syllable.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) berapa
Jessi: Listen again at natural speed. Please repeat.
Fira: berapa
{Pause}
Jessi: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the English translation, breaking it down by syllable, and then giving it once more at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question, How old are you? is
Fira: umurmu
Jessi: meaning something like your age in English.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) umurmu
Jessi: Now repeat.
Fira: umurmu
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Fira: berapa umurmu
{pause}
Jessi: Master the following pattern and responses to the question How old are you??
Fira: Saya umur 18 tahun.
Jessi: "I'm 18 years old.. Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Fira: (Slow) Saya umur 18 tahun.
{pause}
Jessi: But let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Fira: saya
Jessi: meaning i.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) saya
Jessi: Now repeat
Fira: saya
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Fira: umur
meaning age.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) umur
Jessi:Now repeat.
Fira: umur
{Pause}
Jessi: And after that
Fira: 18
meaning 18.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) 18
Jessi:Now repeat.
Fira: 18
{Pause}
Jessi: And next
Fira: tahun
meaning year.
Fira: (Slow, by syllable) tahun
Jessi:Now repeat.
Fira: tahun
{Pause}
Jessi: Listen to the speaker say, I'm 18 years old., and then repeat.
Fira: Saya umur 18 tahun.
{pause}
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace 18 with 20.
Fira: 20 (duapuluh)
Jessi: 20
Fira: (slow) 20 (duapuluh) (regular) 20 (duapuluh)
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 20
Fira: Saya umur 20 (duapuluh) tahun.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 18. Say I'm 20 years old.
{pause}
Fira: Saya umur 20 (duapuluh) tahun.
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace 20 with 25.
Fira: 25 (duapuluh lima)
Jessi: 25
Fira: (slow) 25 (duapuluh lima) (regular) 25 (duapuluh lima)
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 25
Fira: Saya umur 25 (duapuluh lima) tahun.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 20. Say I'm 25 years old.
{pause}
Fira: Saya umur 25 (duapuluh lima) tahun.
Jessi: To use a different phrase, replace 25 with 30.
Fira: 30 (tigapuluh)
Jessi: 30
Fira: (slow) 30 (tigapuluh) (regular) 30 (tigapuluh)
Jessi: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 30
Fira: Saya umur 30 (tigapuluh) tahun.
Jessi: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for 25. Say I'm 30 years old.
{pause}
Fira: Saya umur 30 (tigapuluh) tahun.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Indonesia and someone asks you how old you are. You are 18. Respond to the question.
Fira: Berapa umurmu? (five seconds) Saya umur 18 tahun.
Jessi: Imagine you are 20 Respond to the question.
Fira: Berapa umurmu? (five seconds) Saya umur 20 (duapuluh) tahun.
Jessi: Now imagine you are 25. . Answer the speaker's question.
Fira: Berapa umurmu? (five seconds) Saya umur 25 (duapuluh lima) tahun.
Jessi: Imagine you're 30. Respond to the question.
Fira: Berapa umurmu? (five seconds) Saya umur 30 (tigapuluh) tahun.
Jessi: You want to learn how old the stranger is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Fira: Berapa umurmu?
{pause}
Jessi: This is the end of Lesson 11

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Hi Marina and Abhishek,


Thanks for leaving your comments.

โ€œSaya berumur dua puluh tiga tahun.โ€ is formally and informally acceptable.


You are right Marina, it becomes informal when you drop the suffix ber-. Informal language in Bahasa Indonesia are usually the grammatically ill ones. Dropping ber- in โ€œumurโ€ that makes โ€œumurโ€ a verb will leave โ€œumurโ€ that is a noun. โ€œAku umur 23 tahun.โ€ is grammatically ill because the sentence does not have a verb. But people understand โ€œumurโ€ there as a verb although it is really a noun. There... informal language.


So, โ€œKamu umur berapa?โ€,โ€œAku umur...โ€ are appropriate in informal settings.


โ€œUmurku 23 tahun.โ€ is grammatically correct and is appropriate in formal and informal setting. In workplace setting, however, substituting โ€œ-kuโ€ with โ€œsayaโ€ is more appropriate.


I hope this helps!


Salam,

Sarah

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Marina
Monday at 12:33 AM
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Is it possible to say: "Aku umur..." or "Umurku..." or "Aku berumur..." to make it more informal?

Thank you!

Abhishek
Friday at 02:19 PM
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saya umuru dua pulus tiga tahun