How do you greet in Bahasa Indonesia

Basic Indonesian Greetings & Expressions

Even if you don’t know how to speak bahasa indonesia, knowing some of the basic Indonesian greetings & expressions is crucial.

When you greet the locals in bahasa Indonesia, you’re indirectly telling them that ‘I have learnt your language to connect with you’. Not only will the locals be entertained hearing you speak Indonesian, they will also be more likely to warm up to you quickly.

Never mind the inaccuracy of your pronunciation, the fact that you bother to learn and attempt to say them says a lot about your friendly character and open personality. Trust me when I say the locals will be more likely to help you after your simple Indonesian greetings & expressions

So here are the basic Indonesian greetings & expressions you MUST know:

Selamat Pagi

Good Morning

Selamat Sore

Good Evening

Selamat Datang


Sampai Jumpa

See you

Apa kabar?

How are you?

Terima kasih

Thank you


You're welcome (2)





Selamat Siang

Good Afternoon

Selamat Malam

Good Night

Selamat Tinggal





Fine / Good


You're welcome (1)


Excuse Me

Tidak apa-apa

It’s alright / It’s ok



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