Present Tense

Indonesian Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Indonesian. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Indonesian Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Indonesian, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Indonesian

Present Indonesian
I see youSaya melihat Anda/kamu
I write with a penSaya menulis menmakai pena
You love applesKamu suka apel
You give moneyKamu memberi uang
You play tennisKamu bermain tenis
He reads a bookDia membaca buku
He understands meDia mengerti saya
She has a catDia memiliki kucing
She knows my friendDia mengenal teman saya
We want to learnKami ingin belajar
We think Spanish is easyKami merasa bahasa Spanyol mudah
You (plural) work hereKalian bekerja di sini
You (plural) speak FrenchKalian bisa berbahasa Prancis
They drive a carMereka mengendarai mobil
They smileMereka senuym


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Indonesian

Headachesakit kepala
Heart attack
Help mebantu saya
Hospitalrumah sakit
Stomach achesakit perut


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Daily Conversation in Indonesian

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Indonesian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Indonesian

Are you okay?anda tidak apa-apa?
Call a doctor!
Call the ambulance!panggil ambulans!
Call the police!panggil polisi!
Calm down!Tenanglah!
I feel sick
It hurts here
It's urgent!
Where is the closest pharmacy?di manakah apotik terdekat?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)
You have a beautiful name
This is my wifeIni istriku.
This is my husband

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Indonesian about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Indonesian Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Indonesian homepage.