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Indonesian Traffic Terms and Expressions Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Understanding the Indonesian’s traffic and commute terms and expressions might be useful when you travel across Indonesia.

Bahasa Indonesia English
Lalin (lalu lintas) Traffic
Pantauan lalu lintas Traffic monitoring
Jalur lambat Slow lane
Jalur cepat Fast lane
Pembatas jalan Divider island
Kendaraan roda dua Two -wheel vehicle; usually motorcycle
Kendaraan roda empat Four- wheel vehicle (cars
Kemacetan lalu lintas Traffic jam
Macet total Grid-lock traffic jam; bumper to bumper
Batas kecepatan Speed limit
Macet parah Bumper-to-bumper
Laporan pantuan arus lalu lintas Traffic reporting
Arus lalu lintas terlihat ramai lancar  The traffic is nose to tail
Perhatikan laju kecepatan Watch for the speed limit
Antrian panjang kendaraan Long line of cars
Jalan memutar detour
Marka Jalan Road markings
Rambu-rambu lalu lintas Traffic signs
Marka jalan Road signs
Arus lalu lintas padat merayap The traffic is crawling
berlawanan arah Traffic from opposite directions
Bahasa Indonesia English
Kecelakaan mobil Auto accident
Kecelakaan lalu lintas Traffic accident
Terjadi tabrakan Traffic collision
Tabrakan beruntun Chain reaction accidents
Mobilnya terbalik The car flipped over
Menambrak To hit
Tertabrak Hit by
Korban kecelakaan (mobil) Road traffic accident casualty
Korban meninggal (dunia); tewas Victim of car accident
Korban mengalami luka-luka  victim of car accident Suffers an injury
Mengalami/menderita luka ringan Suffered minor injury
Mengalami luka parah Suffered serious injury
Mobilnya ditabrak dari samping T-bone collision; side-impact collision
Mobilnya ditabrak dari belakang Rear-end collision
Tabrakan mobil berhadapan Head-on collision
tergencet Pinned down
Remuk/hancur Crushed
Motor/mobil terseret truk/kereta A motorcycle/car
dragged by a car/train
Bahasa Indonesia English
Truk membawa muatan berlebihan Overloaded truck
Tidak pakai helm Not wearing helmet
Terserempet bus Grazed by bus
berbicara di telepon Talking on the phone
Ngebut (mengebut) Speeding
 Ban meletus  Tire blowout


Bahasa Indonesia English
Tolong isi Premium 10 liter, Pak/Bu. Please fill the gas tank with Premium for 10 liter
(There are three different kind of fuel in Indonesia: Premium, Petralite, Petramax, Petramax Plus)
Tolong isi penuh ya, Pak/Bu! Please fill up the tank, Sir/Mam.
Saya mau isi angin, Pak (formal) I want to fill my car tires with air
Mau isi angin Pak! (informal)
Ban saya kempes I have flat tire
Saya mau tambal ban I want to patch my tire
Saya perlu mobil derek I need a tow truck
Saya salah jalan. Bisa tolong kasih tahu arah ke … I took a wrong turn. Can you tell me how to get to …
Di mana pompa bensin terdekat? Where is the nearest gas station?


Let’s Practice:

Watch the video about traffic monitoring during “mudik” (homecoming of people from a big city to their hometown to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr).

What do you understand of the following:

  1. 0:47  to  0:52.   How is the traffic situation?
  2.  0:53 to 01:02.   What should the travelers be aware of about the activity by the tollgate?
  3. 01:17 to 01:34.  How does the police officer describe the traffic situation in this area?
  4. 01:35 to 01:50.  Why did the police officer ask the travelers to be cautious?

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About the Author:asimonoff

I’m an Indonesian language instructor, instructional material developer, reading test developer, and interpreter. I have been teaching Indonesian to adult students for 15 years, and have been teaching students from many backgrounds, such as private, military and diplomatic service employees. I’m Indonesian, but am living in the US now; my exposure to different cultures in my home country and in the US has enriched my knowledge in teaching Indonesian as a second language. I approach the teaching of the Indonesian language by developing students’ critical cultural awareness and competence. This method of teaching has been proven to be a key to the success of my students. Students become conscious of the essential role culture plays in the language.