This first lesson teaches many important aspect of Indonesian like prepositions, vocabulary list about directions and finally common phrases about how to introduce yourself. 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.
Prepositions are used in almost every sentence. They can be a great tool to link words with each other. For example by simply knowing how to use "to", "with", "from", "after" you can expand your conversation scope. In short, a preposition describes a relationship between words in a sentence, for example: I agree with you.
Below is a list of 27 prepositions that 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.
|In front of||di depan|
|On top of||di atas/di puncak|
|About (in regards to)||tentang|
|As (similar to)||sebagai|
Now we will try to implement some of the prepositions above into full Indonesian sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.
|Can I practice Italian with you?||Bolehkah saya berlatih bahasa italia dengan Anda?|
|I speak French but with an accent|
|I was born in Miami||Saya lahir di Miami|
|I'm from Japan||Saya berasal dari Jepang|
|The letter is inside the book||surat berada di dalam buku|
|The pen is under the desk||pena berada di bawah meja tulis|
|Can I help you?||Bisa saya bantu?|
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Below is a list of 28 words and sentences related to directions that you might need when lost or asking for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to travel from point A to point B by following directions.
|Can you help me?||Boleh minta tolong?|
|Can you show me?||Bisa ditunjukkan?|
|Come with me!||Ikuti saya.|
|Downtown (city center)||Pusat kota|
|Excuse me! (to ask someone)||Permisi.|
|Go straight||Jalan terus.|
|How can I get to the museum?||Jalan ke musium lewat mana?|
|How long does it take to get there?||Untuk ke sana perlu waktu berapa lama?|
|I'm lost||Saya tersesat.|
|I'm not from here||Saya bukan dari sini.|
|It's far from here||Jauh dari sini.|
|It's near here||Dekat dari sini.|
|One moment please!||Tunggu sebentar.|
|Turn left||Belok kiri.|
|Turn right||Belok kanan.|
|To walk||berjalan/jalan kaki|
|Traffic light||lampu lalu lintas/lampu merah|
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Finally, a couple sentences to help you know how to introduce yourself in Indonesian. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Indonesian Phrases page. Enjoy!
|Do you speak English?||Bisa berbahasa Inggris?|
|Just a little||Sedikit saja|
|What's your name?||Siapa namanya?|
|My name is (John Doe)|
|Mr... / Mrs. ... / Miss...|
|Nice to meet you!||Senang bertemu dengan anda|
|You're very kind!||Anda sangat baik|
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