10 of The Greatest Indonesian Phrases

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10 of The Greatest Indonesian Phrases

Indonesia isn’t the only country to have some questionable expressions. That being said, they do have some pretty funny ones that we wanted to share with you. Master these phrases and you’ll be fluent in no time.


 

MASI HIDUP

This is a funny response to the question “Apa Kabar?” (How are you). Masi Hidup in english translated to “Still Alive”.

If you say this to an Indonesian, after they ask you how you are, they will find it very funny if you respond this way.

 

BUAYA DARAT

A personal favourite…the rest of the world knows them as players/womanizers, but in Indonesia these guys are commonly known as “Land Crocodile”.

 

BUANG AIR KECIL/BESAR

Indonesians don’t just simply go to the toilet, they either “throw a small water” or “throw a big water.” – Brilliant.

 

 

KAMBING DIBEDAKAN

No one likes someone that talks badly about someone behind the other persons back. This bitchiness in the western world is called being “Two-Faced”. In Indonesia, it’s called “A sheep with no makeup on”.

 

KEPALA UDANG

Meaning: ‘Shrimp head’… that’s right you read it correctly. ‘Shrimp head’ is the perfect way to call someone stupid in Indo.

 

TAHI LALAT

Those brown blemishes on your skin that are normally referred to as “moles” or “beauty spots” are known in Indo as “tahi lalat”, which translates to fly poos. They definitely don’t sound complimentary anymore.

 

TELUR MATA-SAPI

This means “cow’s-eye eggs.” This is what you’d say if you were asking for your eggs fried/sunny side up.

 

 

MALU-MALU KUCING

When an Indonesian is shy, you would refer to them as a “shy-shy kitten.” – Cute alert.

 

TIDAK APA APA

My guess is that you’ll hear this one a lot during you time in Indonesia. This literally translates to “No what what” but it is the Indo way to say “No problem”.

 

JALAN JALAN

“Walking-Walking”, you can use this to describe any leisurely activity that you are doing outside the home. Even if you are not actually going for a walk.

 

 

 

 

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