Past Tense

Indonesian Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Indonesian. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. 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 past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Indonesian

Past Indonesian
I saw youSaya melihat Anda/kamu(tadi, kemarin, thaun lalu)?
I wrote with a pen
You loved apples
You gave money
You played tennis
He read (past tense) a book
He understood me
She had a cat
She knew my friendDia pernah kenal dengan teman saya
We wanted to learn
We thought Spanish is easyKami pernah berpikir bahwa bahasa Spanyol mudah dipelajari
You (plural) worked hereKalian pernah bekerja di sini
You (plural) spoke FrenchKalian berbicara bahasa Prancis (when?)
They drove a car
They smiled


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List of Colors in Indonesian

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Indonesian

Colors Indonesian
Dark colorwarna gelap
Light colorwarna terang


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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

English Indonesian
Black is his favorite colorHitam adalah warna kesukaannya.
I have black hairRambutku hitam/rambut saya hitam
Red is not his favorite colorMerah bukan warna kesukaannya.
She drives a yellow carDia mengendarai mobil kuning.
The sky is blueLangit berwarna biru
Your cat is whiteKucingmu putih
I enjoyed myself very muchSaya sangat menikmatinya
I agree with youSaya setuju dengan anda
Are you sure?Benar?
Be careful!Hati-hati
Would you like to go for a walk?Apakah Anda ingin berjalan jalan?

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Indonesian about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Indonesian Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Indonesian homepage.