Languages in Bali

With so many different languages around the world going on, we’re lucky that the touristic places in Bali do speak and understand English. Not only the English language, some guides and travel agencies are able to communicate in different languages. For example French, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese and many more.

However let’s try to learn some simple words and phrases that you can use while you are here. Local Balinese are often able to speak Bahasa Bali, Bahasa Indonesia and English. Interesting fact: Balinese and Indonesian languages are not dialects, they’re totally different.

Bahasa Indonesia words and phrases (spoken all over Indonesia)

These words and phrases will help you out when you are in Bali. Local people will like it when you try their language. Note that it is normal to say cousin/brother/auntie as a form of respec

EnglishBahasa IndonesiaPhonetic sound
Cousin / brother Mas / BliMas / Bli
Cousin / sisterBa / mbokBa / m – bo
AuntieIbu / buI-bu / bu
UncleBapak / pakba-pak / pa
Breakfastsarapansa – ra – pan
LunchMakan siangMa – kan si – ang
DinnerMakan MalamMa – kan Ma – lam
Good morningSelamat PagiSe – la -mat pa-gi
Good Afternoon (11am till 2 pm)Selamat siang Se – la -mat si – ang
Good evening (when sun is down)Selamat malam Se – la -mat Ma – lam
Can you speak English? Bisa bahasa InggrisBi-sa ba – ha – sa Inggris
Can you helpminta tolongmin-ta to-long
I am looking for bathroomsaya cari wcsa-ya tja – ri wee-cee
How much does it cost?berapa harganya?be-ra-pa har-ga – nya
My name is Dwinama saya DwiNa – ma sa – ya Dwi
YesIyaI – ya
Thank youTerima KasihTe – ri -ma ka- si
AlreadySudahsu – da
SpicyPedasPu – das
Not SpicyTidak Pedas Ti-da Pu – das
SorryMaafMa – af
How are youApa kabara-pa ka-bar

When you are asked for Taxi, massage, or somebody talks to you on the street selling something, you could reply: No thank you, Tidak Terima Kasih.

When it persists, like somebody selling something you already have, you can say, sudah.

Ordering some place

If you order tea or anything, it comes with (lots) of sugar. So you need to use the word tawar, in this context it means tea without sugar. It can also be used for coffee.

Local taste buds are different and spicy taste is very normal. If you don’t want your food spicy, mention tidak pedas

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge