Indonesian Vocabulary

The Indonesian vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: satu  Audio Two: dua  Audio Three: tiga  Audio
Four: empat  Audio Five: lima  Audio Six: enam  Audio
Seven: tujuh  Audio Eight: delapan  Audio Nine: sembilan  Audio
Ten: sepuluh  Audio First: pertama  Audio Second: kedua  Audio

Time Expressions

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: senin  Audio Tuesday: selasa  Audio Wednesday: rabu  Audio
Thursday: kamis  Audio Friday: jumat  Audio Saturday: sabtu  Audio
Sunday: minggu  Audio Now: sekarang  Audio Yesterday: kemarin  Audio
Today: hari ini  Audio Tonight: malam ini  Audio Tomorrow: besok  Audio


Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: buah  Audio Apples: apel  Audio
Bananas: pisang  Audio Tomatoes: tomat  Audio
Potatoes: kentang  Audio Onions: bawang  Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: merah  Audio Green: hijau  Audio Blue: biru  Audio
White: putih  Audio Black: hitam  Audio Grey: abu-abu  Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: sarapan  Audio Lunch: makan siang  Audio
Dinner: makan malam  Audio Milk: susu  Audio
Coffee: kopi  Audio Bread: roti  Audio


Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: cerah  Audio Windy: berangin  Audio Rainy: hujan  Audio
Snowy: turun salju  Audio Cold: dingin  Audio Hot: panas  Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: anak laki-laki  Audio Girl: anak perempuan  Audio
Son: putra  Audio Daughter: putri  Audio
Brother: saudara laki laki  Audio Sister: saudara perempuan  Audio
Man: pria  Audio Woman: wanita  Audio
Father: ayah  Audio Mother: ibu  Audio
Grandfather: kakek  Audio Grandmother: nenek  Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: rumah  Audio Toilet: toilet  Audio Room: kamar  Audio
Bedroom: kamar tidur  Audio Kitchen: dapur  Audio Table: meja  Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: kucing  Audio Dog: anjing  Audio Mouse: tikus  Audio
Bird: burung  Audio Cow: sapi  Audio Horse: kuda  Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: kaus kaki  Audio Shoes: sepatu  Audio Trousers: celana panjang  Audio
Shirt: kemeja  Audio Sweater: kaus tangan panjang  Audio Coat: mantel  Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: bahasa inggris  Audio French: bahasa perancis  Audio German: bahasa jerman  Audio
Spanish: bahasa spanyol  Audio Italian: bahasa italia  Audio Portuguese: bahasa portugis  Audio
Greek: bahasa yunani  Audio Russian: bahasa rusia  Audio Arabic: bahasa arab  Audio
Hindi: bahasa india  Audio Chinese: bahasa cina  Audio Japanese: bahasa jepang  Audio


Travel Vocabulary

Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: taksi  Audio Bus: bus  Audio
Hotel: hotel  Audio Reservation: pemesanan  Audio
Airport: bandara udara  Audio Passport: paspor  Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: mahasiswa  Audio Teacher: guru  Audio Pen: pena  Audio
Books: buku  Audio Page: halaman  Audio Dictionary: kamus  Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: tangan  Audio Feet: kaki  Audio Hair: rambut  Audio
Eye: mata  Audio Mouth: mulut  Audio Nose: hidung  Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ambulans  Audio Doctor: dokter  Audio
Hospital: rumah sakit  Audio Pharmacy: apotik  Audio
Police: polisi  Audio Stomach Ache: sakit perut  Audio

As you can see, this Indonesian vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.