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Are you new to Indonesian and not sure where to start? Whether you’re just traveling there or are planning to move there, you’ll want to start out with the basics. Thankfully, introducing yourself in Indonesian is quite easy. By the end of this post, you’ll know how to do just that!
When introducing yourself, the first thing you’ll give is usually your name. It’s super easy asking and answering this question in Indonesian:
Before we move on, let me point out a few things. In Indonesian, siapa means “what,” nama means “name,” and anda means “you.” Don’t try to translate directly, because you’ll get “What name you?” You’ll get used to Indonesian grammar eventually. It’s actually quite easy! You can probably guess it by now, but saya means “me/I.”
Next up, let’s learn how to ask and answer about where someone is from. If you’re a bule (foreigner) traveling in Indonesia, you’ll be asked this question all the time.
As you can see here, anda is optional in this question. This is assuming you’ve already given your name. Spoken Indonesian is all about simplicity – the less words, the better. Both questions here mean “Where are you from?”, so you can use either one.
Next up, let’s learn how to ask and answer about someone’s job:
The first question is a bit more formal. In Indonesian, pekerjaan means “job” or “profession,” while kerja is a verb meaning “to work.” Adding the suffix –nya can mean “your/his/her,” so together it means “your work.” A great thing about learning Indonesian is that you don’t have to bother with different verbs meaning “to be” like you do in English or other languages. Simply say saya plus your job title! Not sure what yours is in Indonesian? Check out this post on job titles in Indonesian.
I realize that age doesn’t always come up in self-introductions, but it’s useful nonetheless so you can practice Indonesian numbers.
In Indonesian, berapa means “how many/much” and umur means “age.” Once again, you can’t really directly translate the question, as you’d get “How many age you?” This is just the way you ask “How old are you?” in Indonesian.
Finally, let’s see how you can ask/answer about where someone lives in self-introductions:
You may be wondering why this question uses di mana instead of just mana to mean “where.” In Indonesian, di is a preposition that can have many meanings. Here it means “at” or “in.” As you can see, you’ll use it when answering this question as well.
Ok, now that you’ve learned five useful questions for self-introductions in Indonesian, go ahead and practice! I’ll go first.
My name is Sasha. I’m from the US. I work as an English teacher. I’m 32 years old. I live in Colombia.
If you need some practice with your pronunciation, follow this video and you’ll learn all of the questions taught in this post.