Simple Bahasa Indonesia

It is often difficult to get the correct spelling of a word especially when communicating in another language. Therefore an “international alphabet” should be used when spelling out words over the phone, or even in person, to avoid inevitable misspellings.

In Indonesia, this is particularly a problem with vowels. For example the letter 'I' is pronounced “ee” in Bahasa so a foreigner hears the letter “E”, while “E” in Bahasa is pronounced “eh” which a foreigner interprets as “A”.

 

A

Alpha

N

November

B

Bravo

O

Oscar

C

Charlie

P

Papa

D

Delta

Q

Queen

E

Echo

R

Romeo

F

Foxtrot

S

Sierra

G

Golf

T

Tango

H

Hotel

U

Uniform

I

India

V

Victor

J

Juliet/Jakarta

W

Whiskey

K

Kilo

X

X-ray

L

London/Lima

Y

Yankee

M

Mama/Mike

Z

Zulu/Zed

 

Bahasa Indonesia uses the Latin alphabet.  Vowels sounds are listed below:

A (ah) as in Park                  

Ai (ah-ee) as in Aisle

E (eh/uh) as in Bed             

Ei (ey) as in They

O (oh) as in For                    

U (oo) as in Hoot

I   (ee) as in Pea

Distinct consonant sounds to note: C (ch) as in Chat, G (guh) as in Good. Ng as it sounds in Longer. 

 

Terima kasih

Thank you

Dosen

Lecturer

Selamat pagi

Good morning

Pendidikan

Education

Selamat siang

Good afternoon

Permisi

Excuse me

Selamat sore

Good evening

Makan

Eat

Selamat malam

Good night

Kerja

Work

Selamat datang

 Welcome

Tuhan

God

Maaf

Sorry

Puji Tuhan      

Praise God

Apa kabar?

How are you?

Gereja

Church

Baik

Good

Doa

Prayer

Saya

I

Apa

What

Kita

We

Siapa

Who

Anda

You

Kapan

When

Bapak

Mr

Dimana

Where

Ibu

Mrs

Mengapa

Why

Mahasiswa

Student

Rapat

Meeting

 

Bisa bantu saya?

Can you help me?

Di mana kamar kecil?

Where is the bathroom?

Di mana…

Where is…

Berapa harganya ini?

How much is this?

Saya mau ini.

I want this.

Saya mau makan.

I want to eat.

 

Alamat saya…

My address is…

Tolong, antar saya ke…

Please take me to…