Bahasa Indonesia (Practical Help)

 

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

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

Lecturer

Selamat pagi

Good morning

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?

Church

Baik

Good

 

Saya

I

Apa

What

Kita

We

Who

You

When

Mr

Dimana

Where

Mrs

Mengapa

Why

Student

Meeting

Asking for help:

Can you help me?                                    Bisa bantu saya?

Where is the bathroom?                                    Di mana kamar kecil?

Where is…                                                      Di mana…

How much is this?                                    Berapa harganya ini?

I want this.                                                      Saya mau ini.                 

I want to eat.                                                      Saya mau makan.

Getting home:

My address is…                                                      Alamat saya…

Please take me to…                                    Tolong, antar saya ke…