Javanese Phrases

The Javanese phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: hai
What is your name?: sapa jenengmu?
Nice to meet you: seneng bisa ketemu kowe
How are you?: apa kabarmu?
I'm good, thanks: aku apik wae
And you?: lha kowe?

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Javanese)?: kowe isa ngomong (Inggris/Jawa)?
Does she speak Chinese?: apa dheweke bisa ngomong cara Cina?
A little bit: Mung sithik
How old are you?: Pira umurmu?
I'm 33 years old: Umurku telung puluh tahun
It was nice talking to you: Seneng isa ngobrol karo kowe

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: Apa maksudmu?
I don't understand: Aku ora dong
I don't know: Aku ora paham
Sorry: Sepurane
What is that called in Javanese?: Apa iku arane ing basa Jawa?
What does that word mean in English?: Apa tegese tembung iku ing basa Inggris?

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: Saka ngendi asalmu?
I'm from the U.S: Aku saka A.S.
I'm American: Aku saka Amerika
Where do you live?: Kowe dumunung ing ngendi?
I live in the U.S: Aku urip ing A.S.
What do you do for a living?: Lha lagi ngapa ana kana?
I'm a student: Aku sekolah

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: Bisa tak bantu?
Can you help me?: Bisa mbantu aku?
Where is the airport?: Ing ngendi bandarane?
Go straight: Mlaku kenceng
Then: Terus
Turn left: Menggok kiwa
Turn right: Menggok tengen


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Javanese in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: Sugeng tanggap warsa
Happy new year: Sugeng warsa enggal
Merry Christmas: Sugeng Natal
Good luck: Slamet lan sukses
Congratulations: Slamet

Javanese expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: Aku wis reservasi
Do you have rooms available?: Anak kamar sing kosong?
I would like a non-smoking room: Aku seneng kamar tanpa rokok
How much it costs per night?: Pira biayane sewengine?
Waiter: Pelayan
How much is this?: Pira akehe iki?
What is this?: Apa iki?

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: Kowe ora papa?
I need a doctor: Aku butuh dokter
Help: Bantuan
Call the ambulance: Telpon ambulan
Call the police: Tepon polisi
I am sick: Aku lara

These Javanese phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Javanese Vocabulary and Javanese Grammar, you might want to visit our Javanese Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Javanese Vocabulary

Javanese Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Javanese phrases.