Basic Bahasa Indonesia vocabulary

In this article, I posted a list of the most useful words in Indonesian, those you have to learn first when you start learning this language.

I will draw as much as possible from this list to create the exemples used in my first Indonesian lessons.

ESSENTIAL WORDS

  1. Orang : people
  2. Anak : child
  3. Hal : thing
  4. Ya : yes
  5. Tida(k) : no
  6. Bagus : good
  7. Terima kasih (inf. makasih) : thank you
  8. Teman : friend
  9. Rumah : house
  10. Tas : bag
  11. Baju : cloth
  12. Harga : price
  13. Gedung : building
  14. Cowok : guy
  15. Cewek : girl
  16. Pacar : boy/girlfriend

VERBS

  1. Ada : have / there is
  2. Ambil : take
  3. Dapat : get
  4. Pergi : go
  5. Mau : want
  6. Bisa : can
  7. Boleh : may
  8. Bawa : bring
  9. Butuh : need
  10. Kasih : give
  11. Jadi : become
  12. Tidak jadi : cancel
  13. Bantu : help
  14. Rasa : feel
  15. Cari : look for
  16. Beli : buy
  17. Main : play
  18. Tidur : sleep
  19. Tahu : know
  20. Pulang : go home
  21. Ketemu : meet
  22. Hilang : loose
  23. Tanya : ask (a question)
  24. Minta : ask (for something)
  25. Suka : like
  26. Tarau : put
  27. Jalan : go (by walking)
  28. Naik : ride (lit. rise).
  29. Turun : get off (lit. go down)
  30. Berhenti : stop
  31. Ikut : join / follow
  32. Tunggu : wait

CONJUNCTION AND ADVERBS

  1. Dan : and
  2. Atau : or
  3. Dengen / sama : with
  4. Tetapi (inf. tapi) : but
  5. Juga : also
  6. Ini : this
  7. Itu : that
  8. Sini : here
  9. Situ : there
  10. Banya(k) : a lot
  11. Sedikit : few
  12. Mungkin : maybe
  13. Semua : all
  14. Lebih : more
  15. Kurang : less
  16. Nanti : after
  17. Kemarin : yesterday
  18. Besok : tomorrow
  19. Masih : still
  20. Belum : not yet
  21. Kalau : if

ADJECTIVES

  1. Besar : large
  2. Kecil : small
  3. Bagus : good
  4. Tidak bagus : bad
  5. Cape(k) : tired
  6. Takut : afraid
  7. Senang : happy
  8. Sedih : sad
  9. Jauh : far
  10. Dekat : close
  11. Marah : angry
  12. Benar : right
  13. Salah : wrong / faulty

 

 

 

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