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Terima kasih. Thank you.
Makasih. Thanks.
Terima kasih banyak. Thank you very much.

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Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! And in this respect, Indonesia is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be taking a look at a phrase there is no excuse not to bring with you to Indonesia. Again, I'll stress this over and over, a little a bit of the language can go such a long way!

In Indonesian "Thank you." is Terima kasih. The first word of the phrase, terima, means "to accept." This is followed by kasih, which in Indonesian means "love." And the entire expression again is terima kasih. Literally, you are saying "it is accepted with love."

Now, in Indonesian there are other ways to express one's gratitude. Let's take a look at the informal way.

In Indonesian the informal way of expressing gratitude, like "thanks" in English, is makasih.

This phrase, which is a shortened form for terima kasih, is used among friends, in other informal situations, and in more relaxed business situations such as shopping at the market, riding in a taxi, and so on. In Indonesian, shortened versions of expressions such as this are usually good indicators of informal language.

On the other hand, for very special occasions when someone goes above and beyond the call of being kind, when someone is extremely generous, or for any other time you're extremely grateful, we have the following phrases to express extreme gratitude:

In Indonesian the formal way of expressing extreme gratitude, like "Thank you very much" in English is Terima kasih banyak. We've already gone over the first two words of this expression—the first word terima means "to accept." And the second word kasih means "love." These two words are then followed by a new word banyak, which means "many" or "much."

The informal way of expressing extreme gratitude, like "Thanks a lot" in English is Makasih banyak. We've already gone over the two words of this expression -- the first word makasih is the shortened informal form for terima kasih. And the second word banyak, means "many" or "much."

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Quick Tip #1

In Indonesia, there are a few ways to say "thank you", but all of them incorporate some form of the Indonesian idiom terima kasih, which literally means "it is accepted (with) love."

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The informal versions (makasih/makasih banyak) may be used not only with friends and family, but also in a number of relaxed business situations, such as buying something in the market or after a ride on a taxi.

By the same token, the formal versions (terima kasih/terima kasih banyak) should be used in more official situations, such as conducting business at an office, making a speech at a formal event such as a wedding, or writing a letter to anyone outside your circle of friends or family. These should also be used when one is talking with a stranger who is noticeably older or who has a higher professional title than the speaker.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with using the formal forms in all situations, and many speakers do opt for this strategy.

Quick Tip #2

There are also slang versions of "thanks" and "thanks a lot," which are trims (another way of shortening terima kasih), makasih banget, and trims banget. The words trims and banget (which means "very" or "extremely") are typical of the slang spoken around Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Nowadays, many young people from urban centers throughout Indonesia use these most informal forms. These are to be used only in casual conversations with close friends and family, preferably with those who are closest in age with the speaker.

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Hello and welcome to Indonesian Survival Phrases, brought to you by IndonesianPod101.com This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Indonesia. You'll be surprised at how far a little Indonesian will go. Now before we jump in, remember to stop by IndonesianPod101.com. And there you’ll find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Hello! My name is Ed Luna. and I'll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course. Indonesian is spoken by over 200 million people worldwide. Knowing how to speak some Indonesian is very important in Indonesia itself for over 740 different languages. Yes, you heard correctly, 740 are spoken along with Indonesian, the language of government, major business and education. Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! And in this respect, Indonesia is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be taking a look at a phrase there is no excuse not to bring with you to Indonesia. Again, I'll stress this over and over, a little a bit of the language can go such a long way!
In Indonesian "Thank you." is Terima kasih. Let’s break it down by syllable Te-ri-ma ka-sih. Now let’s hear it once again Terima kasih. The first word of the phrase, terima, means "to accept." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time Te-ri-ma. Terima. This is followed by kasih, which in Indonesian means "love." Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time ka-sih. kasih. And the entire expression again is terima kasih. Literally, you are saying "it is accepted with love."
Now, in Indonesian there are other ways to express one's gratitude. Let's take a look at the informal way.
In Indonesian the informal way of expressing gratitude, like "thanks" in English, is makasih. Let’s break it down by syllable ma-ka-sih. Now let’s hear it once again makasih.
This phrase, which is a shortened form for terima kasih, is used among friends, in other informal situations, and in more relaxed business situations such as shopping at the market, riding in a taxi, and so on. In Indonesian, shortened versions of expressions such as this are usually good indicators of informal language.
On the other hand, for very special occasions when someone goes above and beyond the call of being kind, when someone is extremely generous, or for any other time you're extremely grateful, we have the following phrases to express extreme gratitude:
In Indonesian the formal way of expressing extreme gratitude, like "Thank you very much" in English is Terima kasih banyak. (slow) Terima kasih banyak. Let’s break it down by syllable, Te-ri-ma ka-sih ba-nyak. Now let’s hear it once again, Terima kasih banyak. We've already gone over the first two words of this expression—the first word terima means "to accept." terima. And the second word kasih means "love." kasih. These two words are then followed by a new word banyak, which means "many" or "much." Now let’s break it down by syllable. ba-nyak. banyak. Not let’s hear the entire expression again. Terima kasih banyak.
The informal way of expressing extreme gratitude, like "Thanks a lot" in English is Makasih banyak. Let’s break it down by syllable ma-ka-sih ba-nyak. Now let’s hear it once again, makasih banyak. We've already gone over the two words of this expression -- the first word makasih is the shortened informal form for terima kasih. Makasih. And the second word banyak, means "many" or "much." banyak. Now let’s hear the entire expression again makasih banyak. Now I’m going to give you one more important detail. There are actually slangy version that are even more informal than makasih and makasih banyak. These are trims meaning “Thanks”, makasih banget meaning “Thanks a lot”. And trims banget also meaning “Thanks a lot.” Trims is the most casual way of shortening terima kasih. While banget means “very” or “extremely”. A word of caution, trims and banget are considered to be extremely informal slang and are only suitable in casual conversation with friends and family or roughly the same age as you are. On the other hand, these expressions are typical the younger generations living in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, as well as by young people from other urban places throughout the country. I’m only bringing this up since you may encounter this form in passing. The version you will hear most throughout Indonesia though is terima kasih. So whenever you have doubts about whether you should use the informal or formal version of this expression, you can never go wrong with using the formal version, terima kasih. You can use this everywhere from the market to the restaurants and people would be very happy to hear you say this.
Okay, to close out today’s lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying the Indonesian phrase out loud or in Indonesian, dengan keras. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so selamat sukses, that means "good luck!" in Indonesian.
All right so here we go!
“Thank you” formal version. (Terima kasih. Te-ri-ma ka-sih. Terima kasih.)
“Thanks” informal version. (Makasih. Ma-ka-sih. Makasih.)
“Thank you very much” formal version. (Terima kasih banyak. Te-ri-ma ka-sih ba-nyak. Terima kasih banyak.)
“Thanks a alot” informal version. (Makasih banyak. Ma-ka-sih ba-nyak. Makasih banyak)
All right, that's going to do it for today!
Remember to stop by IndonesianPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. When you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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FAQs

How do you say thank you in Indonesian? ›

1- Terima kasih.

In Indonesian “Thank you.” is Terima kasih.

What does Terima kasih? ›

Terima means “receive.” And kasih is stands for “kindness” But overall, Terima Kasih means “Thank you”. You can also strengthen this phrase and say “Thank you very much” would be “Terima Kasih banyak”.

How do you say thank you very much in Indonesian? ›

In Indonesian the formal way of expressing extreme gratitude, like "Thank you very much" in English is Terima kasih banyak. (slow) Terima kasih banyak.

What is thank you in Balinese? ›

Matur Suksma or Only “Suksma”

Matur Suksma in Balinese Language means Thank you.

How do you say thanks? ›

Be sure to take the time to relay your gratitude.
  1. I appreciate your help.
  2. I am grateful for your help.
  3. I am so very grateful for your time.
  4. I greatly appreciate your help.
  5. Thank you for such a wonderful contribution.
  6. Thank you for taking the time.
  7. Thank you for taking the trouble to help me.
  8. Thank you for all the help!
Jul 26, 2022

What is Selamat Pagi? ›

Selamat Pagi. [slowly] Selamat Pagi. Pagi is Indonesian for “morning. This used in the morning until 11am. Those four greetings are used when we meet someone, but when we leave, we don't say them again.

What does Selamat Malam meaning? ›

selamat malam - good night.

How do you respond to Terimakasih? ›

In literal meaning, [terima] means to accept and [kasih] means love. So, [terima kasih] in literal meaning means you accept the love, so when you reply with [kembali kasih], [kembali] means to return, and [kasih] means love.

How do you respond to Terima kasih? ›

Responding to someone's thank you by saying your welcome, or in Malay, sama-sama, is a basic form of manners, courtesy, and respect. So, when a person says terima kasih, don't forget to say “sama-sama” back in return!

How do Indonesian greet each other? ›

Women may choose to bow with their hands folded instead of shaking hands. People may greet close relatives by shaking hands and kissing one another on both cheeks. Younger people do not call those older than them by their first name, but rather call them “Bapak” (Mr.), “Ibu” (Mrs.) or “Kakak” (elder).

What does Suksema mean? ›

Thank you. . (suksma.) You're welcome.

What is Bagus? ›

handsome (of man: agreeable to the eye or to correct taste) synonym ▲ Synonym: elok. good. acting in the interest of good; ethical (good intentions) synonym ▲ Synonym: baik. of people, competent or talented.

What is the meaning of Sama Sama? ›

you're welcome, has a connotation of same to you ("sama" means same)

How do you say sorry in Bahasa? ›

This is the reason you should know how to say sorry in Indonesian. In Indonesian language, “sorry” = “maaf”.
...
This is more phrases to say sorry in Indonesian.
  1. “Saya minta maaf” (I'm sorry). ...
  2. “Saya sungguh-sungguh minta maaf” (I'm really sorry). ...
  3. “Saya mohon maaf” (I'm sorry).
Dec 29, 2017

How do you say hello in Bahasa? ›

Saying Hello in Bahasa: A Matter of Time
  1. Good morning: Selamat pagi. (All morning until around noon.)
  2. Good day: Selamat siang. (From around 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.)
  3. Good afternoon: Selamat sore. (From 4 p.m. until it starts to get dark.)
  4. Good evening: Selamat malam. (After sunset.)
  5. Good night: Selamat tidur.
Jul 9, 2021

How do you say simply thank you? ›

Other ways to say thank you in any occasion
  1. I appreciate what you did.
  2. Thank you for thinking of me.
  3. Thank you for your time today.
  4. I value and respect your opinion.
  5. I am so thankful for what you did.
  6. I wanted to take the time to thank you.
  7. I really appreciate your help. Thank you.
  8. Your kind words warmed my heart.

What can I say instead of thanks? ›

Here are seven alternatives to 'thank you. '
  • "I appreciate you."
  • "Let me know if you need anything else."
  • "Couldn't have done it without you."
  • "You made this easy."
  • "You're so helpful."
  • "What do you think?"
  • "I'm impressed!"
Apr 12, 2018

Is it correct to say thank you too? ›

Senior Member. Yes. Either "Thank you, too" or "Thank you" with the emphasis on you in each case.

What Sayang means? ›

Noun. sayang (uncountable) (Singapore, Malaysia, colloquial) love. sweetheart, darling.

What is Selamat Siang? ›

If you have to greet someone in a formal situation, say: selamat siang! Literally, selamat siang means “good day”; As a rule of thumb we can use selamat siang only during the daytime—from 11 a.m. until about 3 p.m. During the afternoon we say: selamat sore!

What language is Salamat pagi? ›

Good morning in Bahasa Indonesia is [selamat pagi]. [Selamat pagi] is usually spoken between 5:30 AM and 10 AM. You can say it in the full phrase [selamat pagi], or you can just say it [pagi].

How do you say goodnight in Bahasa? ›

As the words join together, you'll get the translation of good night in Bahasa Melayu, which is selamat malam!

What language is Kabar? ›

Apa kabar simply means 'how are you' or 'what's up' – the word apa literally means 'what' so if an Indonesian says 'apa kabar' to you and you're not sure what they said you can actually reply 'apa??

How do you say good afternoon in Bahasa? ›

Good afternoon in Bahasa Indonesia is, Selamat siang. Selamat siang is spoken between 10 AM and 3 PM, after 3 PM we usually say selamat sore.

What language is Selamat malam? ›

Translation of selamat malam from Indonesian into English.

What language is tack thank you? ›

Thank you in Swedish

Most commonly you will hear tack in Swedish when people want to say thank you - but there are plenty of variations on this that you can learn. Tack så mycket is more like thank you very much, or you can say tusen tack (a thousand thanks) or even stort tack (big thanks).

Can we say anytime for thanks? ›

You can use “anytime” as a response similar to “you're welcome,” but its meaning is not the same. “You're welcome” indicates pleasure to the thanker, while “anytime” puts the thanker at ease, assuring them that the task or favor was not of any trouble.

How do you say common phrases in Indonesian? ›

Basic Indonesian phrases to explore the country
  1. “Selamat pagi, selamat siang, selamat malam” (“Good morning, good afternoon, good evening”) ...
  2. “Apa kabar?” (“How are you?”) ...
  3. “Terima kasih” (“Thank you”) ...
  4. “Sama-sama” (“You're welcome”) ...
  5. “Ya, tidak” (“Yes, no”) ...
  6. “Permisi” (“Excuse me”)
Feb 22, 2021

Can we say most welcome to thank you? ›

When Should We Say, “Most Welcome?” The expression “You are most welcome” is the correct reaction to “Thank you” if you use it when you express an abundance of thanks. Using the expression “You are most welcome” is not incorrect, but it is, however, a very formal or business-like way to react to a thank you.

How do you pronounce Terima Kasih in Malaysia? ›

Unit 6 - Thank you in Malay Language - YouTube

How do Indonesians show respect? ›

Meeting and Greeting

Greetings can be rather formal as they are meant to show respect. A handshake is the most common greeting accompanied with the word "Selamat". Many Indonesians may give a slight bow or place their hands on their heart after shaking your hand.

What is considered rude in Indonesia? ›

Open displays of anger – shouting, hands on hips, rude looks, or slamming of doors – are all considered highly offensive behavior. Foreigners who behave like this in public (or in their own homes) are seen as rude individuals, unable to control their emotions and anger.

What does MAS mean in Indonesian? ›

'Mas' is a Javanese word (not Indonesian at all), and it means "older brother." So, ironically, it is used by the Javanese as a term of respect . . . sometimes applied to one's actual older brother, and sometimes applied to a male friend or colleague of a similar or slightly older age.

How do you say cheers in Bahasa? ›

Cheers = terima kasih [tərɪmɑ kɑsɪh]

In Bahasa Indonesia, they commonly use the word terima kasih.

How do you greet someone in Bali? ›

Namaste is not commonly used in Bali. The phrase used is "Om Swastiastu" (Balinese greeting). Better you greet with Balinese than Bahasa Indonesia since 85% of the population in Bali is a Balinese. That greeting is used for all kinds of caste and that's very polite.

How do you say love in Balinese? ›

How to Say I Love You in Indonesian - YouTube

What does Bali Bagus meaning? ›

Bagus... is one word that sums up a holiday in Bali as everything seems to be Bagus. Bagus meaning good. As I left the airport I fell into a sensory overload. The smell was intoxicating and unfamiliar; sounds of horns beeping, scooters racing and Balinese music filled the air.

What is the meaning of Bagus sekali? ›

lovely, fine, nicely, bravo, good.

Is Bagus a word? ›

'Baik' or 'Bagus'

Both of the words are adjectives and have the meaning of good. Although they have the same meaning, it does not mean that these two words can be used interchangeably. Indeed, sometimes you can use either 'baik' or 'bagus' but not at all times.

What is Sama-Sama meaning? ›

The Meaning of Sama-Sama

This is the common respond in when someone says terima kasih or in English, Thank you to you. So, sama-sama in this context means “you are welcome” or in some cases, it means “don't mention it”.

What do you say after Terima kasih? ›

There's only one word for thank you in the Malay language and identically, there's only one word for your welcome as well. If a person said terima kasih to you, you should say “sama-sama” in return. The sound of the end vocal 'a' in sama-sama carries the same conditional attribute as the word terima.

What language is Selamat malam? ›

Translation of selamat malam from Indonesian into English.

How do you say greetings in Indonesian? ›

Halo means “Hi,” or “Hello.” We use it when we meet. It's very casual, so we should only use this greeting with friends or relatives. If you have to greet someone in a formal situation, say: selamat siang!

What does Suma Suma mean in Indonesian? ›

You are welcome = Suma Suma (use when someone thanks you)

What language is Kabar? ›

Apa kabar simply means 'how are you' or 'what's up' – the word apa literally means 'what' so if an Indonesian says 'apa kabar' to you and you're not sure what they said you can actually reply 'apa??

Is it Sama Sama or sama sama? ›

Definition of samasama:

samasama is an alternate spelling of the Tagalog word sáma-sama. Alternate spellings may include abbreviations, informal spellings, slang, and/or commonly misspelled variations of a word. * recommended.

What does Selamat Malam meaning? ›

selamat malam - good night.

What is the meaning of Cantik? ›

Definition of cantik in the Malay dictionary

beautiful II Mn, fever, itchy.

What language is tack thank you? ›

Thank you in Swedish

Most commonly you will hear tack in Swedish when people want to say thank you - but there are plenty of variations on this that you can learn. Tack så mycket is more like thank you very much, or you can say tusen tack (a thousand thanks) or even stort tack (big thanks).

How do you say hello in Bahasa? ›

Saying Hello

While you will need to choose the appropriate greeting based on the time of day, all greetings in Bahasa Indonesia begin with selamat (sounds like: "suh-lah-mat").

How do you pronounce Selamat petang? ›

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How do you say goodnight in Bahasa? ›

As the words join together, you'll get the translation of good night in Bahasa Melayu, which is selamat malam!

How do you respond to Selamat? ›

You don't necessarily have to respond to these greetings, most of the time a smile and a slight nod will suffice. Of course, if you like, you can use these phrases too to draw bigger smiles on the already-friendly Indonesian faces :) Many Indonesian greetings involve the word Selamat.

What does MAS mean in Indonesian? ›

'Mas' is a Javanese word (not Indonesian at all), and it means "older brother." So, ironically, it is used by the Javanese as a term of respect . . . sometimes applied to one's actual older brother, and sometimes applied to a male friend or colleague of a similar or slightly older age.

How do you address an Indonesian lady? ›

Indonesians normally address a lady as Ibu and a man as Pak or Bapak. It doesn't mean you look old. It is not uncommon for a lady in her 20s to be called Ibu especially if she has some social standing. Kamu means 'you'.

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