So you’ve booked your holiday to Bali and you’re worried that grabbing a Bali Lonely Planet Guide to read on the flight over in hopes of learning some basic Bahasa Indonesian words won’t be enough to show yourself friendly and be understood. No need to worry, we’ve listed some basic vocabulary of Bahasa Indonesia and some tips and tricks to help you learn the lingo. And the Indonesian people will really appreciate your effort.
Word of the Day
Canggu Chronicles have designed a bunch of super fun word of the day flashcards. You can use them as a screensaver for your smartphone, so you automatically look at it every time you pick up your phone.
Online classes and apps
IndonesianPod101.com have a series of 8 videos to learn the basics of Bahasa in 3 minutes and hundreds of other online lessons on their youtube channel for you to choose from depending on your level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
Language school & private classes
Based in Ubud, Sanur, Kuta and Canggu, Cinta Bahasa offer a wide range of classes from basic to advanced, in private and group settings for visitors and expats. You’ll be able to communicate at a basic level and “get by” when meeting, greeting, shopping asking for directions and most importantly, asking for assistance and help. The course also introduces Indonesian culture and etiquette, the do’s and don’ts when travelling in Indonesia to help you and those around you to feel at ease while avoiding any unnecessary misunderstandings.
If all else fails, remember these…
But nothing beats a few sunsets swapping language sessions with locals on the stairs at the nearest beach. So get out there and make some friends!