Although most Balineses speak perfect English, it is harder to understand and understand when you leave the tourist areas.


As a general rule, each island in the Indonesian archipelago has its own language, but the official language known to all is “Bahasa Indonesia”.


Unlike many Asian dialects, Indonesian uses the Latin alphabet, and uses almost no tones or intonations.


Here are some examples of words or phrases that might be useful for an excursion to the most rural corners.


– Ya: Yes

– Tidak: No


– Selamat pagi: Hello (morning)

– Selamat sore: Hello (afternoon)

– Selamat malam: Good evening (evening and night)


(The locals often remove the “selamat”)


– Halo : Hi

– Selamat makan: Bon app├ętit

– Selamat Datang: Welcome

– Selamat jalan: Have a good trip

– Terima kasih: Thank you

– sama-sama: You’re welcome

– sampai jumpa: goodbye

– Maaf: Sorry


– Warung: name of the small “cheap” restaurants. These are the local establishments, which offer quality cuisine at very affordable prices

– Makan: eat

– makan pagi: Breakfast

– makan siang: Lunch

– makan malam: Dinner

– Nasi: rice

– Mie : noodles

– Goreng: Fried


– Ayam: Chicken


– Ikan: Fish

– Bebek: Duck

– Babi: Pork


– Air: Water- Bir: Beer (otherwise remember the name of the national beer: the Bintang!)

– Anggur: Wine

– Kopi: Coffee

– Teh: Tea

– Susu: Milk


– Jalan: Road

– Apa kabar: How are you?

– Baik-baik: I’m fine

– Itu baik: It’s good

– Itu indah: It’s beautiful

– Siapakah nama anda: What’s your name?

– Nama saya Baptiste: My name is Baptiste

– Saya Berasal dari Prancis: I come from France

– Saya Tidak Mengerti: I do not understand

– Kamar tidur: Bedroom

– Hotel: Hotel

– Kucing: Cat

– Anjing: Dog

– Foto: Photo

– Telepon: Telephone

– Polisi: Policeman

– Doktor: Doctor

Baptiste Cavaliere