Indonesian small talk and chit-chat

Indonesian small talk and chit-chat

Indonesian people love to make small talk throughout their daily lives. In families, or inbetween Moms – it’s unavoidable. Sometimes they don’t really care about the answer but once you’ve been asked, you will be under an obligation to respond.

And yes my friend, it’s too late to run away.

Scenario I: Around the dinner table

Small talk that usually happens at breakfast, lunch, or dinner time.

English Bahasa Indonesia Pronunciation
A: Hi Halo
B: Have you eaten? Udah makan?
A: Yes, I have. Udah tadi.
B: What did you eat? Makan apa?
A: Salad with peanut butter. Gado-gado
B: Ok, dear Oke lah.

Scenario II: Day to day chit-chat

One of the most common bits of small talk between your friends, family members, neighbors – and basically, with everyone.

English Bahasa Indonesia Pronunciation
A: Hi Halo
B: Where do you want to go? Mau ke mana?
A: I want to go to the market. Mau ke pasar.
B: Ok, dear. Take care. Ooh. Hati-hati di jalan.

Scenario III: Bumping into a person unexpectedly

This kind of small talk occurs every time you bump to a person you know in an unexpected place such as supermarket, store, mall, attraction site, etc.

English Bahasa Indonesia Pronunciation
A: Hi Halo
B: Why are you alone? Kok sendirian aja?
A: Yes, I am alone but it is ok. Iya nih. hehehe
B: Take care dear Hati-hati ya

Scenario IV: Ending a conversation

To end a conversation, Indonesians mostly use the below exchange:

English Bahasa Indonesia Pronunciation
A & B: Bla bla bla Bla bla bla
B: Say hello from me to your family. Titip salam buat keluarga.
A: Alright, I will tell them. Baiklah. Nanti disampaikan.
B: Bye Daah
A: Bye bye Daa daah

Scenario V: “I haven’t seen you in ages”

This is a very common opening conversation when you meet an old friend.

English Bahasa Indonesia Pronunciation
A: Hi Halo
B: Where do you work? Kerja di mana?
A: In Jakarta Di Jakarta
B: Where? Di mana?
A: In company XYZ Di kompi XYZ
A & B: Bla bla bla Bla bla bla

Scenario VI: That awkward moment when you’re single

When you are single, this is the number one thing that will be asked about by people around you, especially at any family event. So, be prepared.

English Bahasa Indonesia Pronunciation
A: Hi, how are you? Hi, apa kabar?
B: I am fine, how about you? Baik, kamu gimana?
A: I am good. Eh, when will you get married? Baik-baik juga. Eh, kapan nikah?
B: Hahaha, please pray for me, yes? Hahaha, doakan aja, ya?