Indonesian Lesson 7 (Negation and Human Body)

Duration: 30 mins

Lesson number 7 teaches an important aspect in Indonesian which is negation. I'm also including a list of vocabulary about the human body, and finally a conversation about getting to know someone. 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.


Negation is the opposite of an affirmative statement. So basically any negative expression such as "no", "never" "nothing" etc. Knowing how to use the negation form could help you double the number of expressions you could use in a sentence.

Here are some negation expressions 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.

Negation in Indonesian

Negation Indonesian
NothingTidak ada
Not yetBelum
No onetiada siapa-siapa
No longertidak lagi
Nevertak pernah
CannotTidak bisa
Should notSeharusnya tidak

Now we will try to implement some of the negative expressions above into full Indonesian sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Indonesian Negation in a Sentence

English Indonesian
Don't worry!Jangan khawatir.
I cannot remember the wordSaya tidak bisa mengingat kata tersebut
I do not speak JapaneseSaya tidak berbicara bahasa Jepang
I don't know!Saya tidak tahu.
I'm not fluent in Italian yetSaya belum lancar berbahasa Italia
I'm not interested!Saya tidak tertarik
No one here speaks GreekDi sini tidak ada yang bisa berbahasa Yunani
No problem!Tidak masalah
This is not correctIni tidak benar
This is wrongIni salah
We don't understandKami tidak mengerti
You should not forget this wordseharusnya kamu/Anda tidak melupakan kata tersebut


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Vocabulary List about the Human Body

Below is a list of 20 words related to human body. If you can memorize them by heart, you might be able to communicate to your doctor if you have amy pain or discomfort.

Human Body List in Indonesian

Body Indonesian
Backpunggung (for body)
Fingersjari jemari


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Daily Conversation in Indonesian

Finally, a list of commonly used expressions about getting to know someone for the first time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Indonesian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Indonesian

English Indonesian
He feels with his handDia meraba dengan tangannya.
I smell with my noseSaya mencium dengan hidung.
She has beautiful eyesDia bermata cantik.
She tastes with her tongueDia merasa dengan lidahnya.
We see with our eyesKita melihat dengan mata.
You hear with your earsKita (Anda) mendengar dengan telinga.
How old are you?Umur berapa anda?
I'm (twenty, thirty...) Years old
Are you married?Apakah anda sudah menikah?
Do you have children?Apakah anda telah mempunyai anak?
I have to goSaya harus pergi
I will be right back!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: English is the official language of the sky! It doesn't matter which country they are from, all pilots speak in English on international flights.

Congratulations! You finished your 7th lesson in Indonesian about negation, and the human body. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Indonesian Lesson 8. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Indonesian homepage.