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Vital phrases for visitors to Indonesia by beccles on 18 June 2005 3:32am
 
I've just been reading a book called 'Only in Hong Kong' by a man called Nuri Vittachi in which this was printed (these are real quotes from an actual phrasebook):

Segments from A.M. Almatsier's How to Master the Indonesian Language


Stapa yang memasang TV jika kamu tidak ada di rumah?
Who turns on the TV when you are not at home?

Hurra! Lampu sudah hidup
Hurrah! The light is on.

Anjing hitam saya sudah mati
My black dog is dead already


You'll find yourself using these phrases again and again!
 
Re: Vital phrases for visitors to Indonesia by sjcairns on 23 June 2005 4:18pm
 
There is only one absolutely vital phrase necessary to survive in Indonesia:

"Satu Lagi"
One more

Simply insert what you want in the middle of this phrase and you're smokin' ...

"Satu bir Lagi" (figure that one out yourself!)
"Satu Bintang Lagi" (the number one beer brand in Indonesia)

I guess you get my drift?!
 
Re: Vital phrases for visitors to Indonesia by Wild in Africa on 23 June 2005 4:42pm
 
When I had to learn New Guinea pidgin many years ago a favourite stock phrase from my language tapes was:
"Husat kisim pikfat long bus?"

Who is taking pig fat into the jungle?

I never did find an opportunity to practice that one!
 
Re: Vital phrases for visitors to Indonesia by Ken Dunn on 23 June 2005 10:33pm
 
W I A, did you not practice your phrase because only the locals knew how to feed the tigers or orang-outangs without getting walloped by them?
 
Re: Vital phrases for visitors to Indonesia by Wild in Africa on 24 June 2005 11:27am
 
No tigers or Orang Utans in the jungles of New Guinea I'm afraid Ken, just Birds of Paradise, tree Kangaroos and Cassowaries (well, not only these but you don't want the full taxonomic listings I'm sure).
I did have to also learn phrases on internal flights reading the flight safety information card which started:
"sapos dispela balus em i bagarap...."
which means 'if (suppose) this plane (balus) crashes (em i bagarap)...leaving you to deduce the origin of 'bagarap'.
 
Re: Vital phrases for visitors to Indonesia by beccles on 24 June 2005 3:44pm
 
Anjing hitam saya sudah mati :(

poor fido

Here is a handy phrase from my welsh phrasebook if you're ever caught short among non-english speaking welshfolk (the chances of this arent great)

Ydw i'n mynd i fyw?
Am I going to live?

and

Oes yswiriant 'da chi?
Have you got insurance?
 
Re: Vital phrases for visitors to Indonesia by Ahren on 24 June 2005 9:44pm
 
Well you might need the last one!
 



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