How To Speak Bahasa Indonesia Like a Local: A Crash Course for Filipinos (Part 3)

Jakarta MONAS

A few kilometers from the old city of Jakarta stands out an obelisk called MONAS (Monumen Nasional).

Indonesia Garuda

The 445 feet structure, built by Sukarno to commemorate the soaring spirit of Indonesian nationalism, is topped with a bronze flame coated with 35 kilograms of gold. MoNas houses a diorama museum is located at lower levels, the museum depict scenes from Indonesian history.

Jakarta City atop MONAS

Visitors can take the lift going to the view deck and have a 360 degree view of the modern city. Most of the government offices and agencies are located around the structure.

Jakarta City atop MONAS

At one side, tourists can view the former largest mosque in the country, Istiqlal Mosque. Across the mosque is the Jakarta Cathedral for the Catholics.

Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral

At the heart of the Jakarta, one can find the famous roundabout in the city’s business district. Selamat Datang Monument or Monument Bunderan Hotel Indonesia (Welcome Monument) was completed in 1962 and now stand as one of the historic landmarks in Jakarta.

Welcome Monument Jakarta

Here are some useful Bahasa Indonesia conversations when you reach Jakarta:

Hai, apa kabar? – Hi, how are you?

Apa kabar kesehatanmu? – Hi, how are you?

Bagaimana kabarmu? – Hi, how are you?

Possible responses:

Baik/ Sehat. – Fine

Saya baik/ Saya sehat. – I am fine.

Saya baik-baik saja. – I am very fine/ good.

Saya sehat-sehat saja. – I am very fine/ well.

Bagus sekali. – (I am very) good/ fine.

Senang sekali. – (I am very) good/ happy/ glad.

Other Indonesian greetings:

Selamat datang – Welcome!

Selamat tidur – Good night/ have a good sleep.

Selamat istirahat – Enjoy your rest.

Selamat makan/ Selamat menikmati – Enjoy your meal.

Selamat ketemu – Nice to meet you.

Selamat jalan – Bon voyage!

Selamat tinggal/ Selamat berpisah – Goodbye.

Selamat ulang tahun – Happy birthday!

Selamat Natal – Merry Christmas!

Selamat tahun baru – Happy New Year!

Selamat Hari Paskah – Happy Easter!

Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri – Happy Idul Fitr!


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