Featured article photo: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali, Indonesia by Sebastian Pena Lambarri
1. Selamat datang
Selamat datang means "Welcome." You'll most likely hear this when first stepping into a touristy Indonesian hotel or a restaurant.
2. Selamat pagi
Selamat pagi is "Good morning." In a more casual setting, Pagi can be used instead of the full phrase Selamat pagi. This is just like in English, where sometimes people can opt to simply say "Morning!" instead of "Good morning."
3. Selamat siang
Siang means "noon" in Indonesian. In English, the closest equivalent to Selamat siang would be "Good afternoon". However, this is not an exact translation, since Selamat siang is used only around noon, between the times of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4. Selamat sore
The times between 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. are when you will hear Selamat sore, meaning "Good afternoon."
5. Selamat malam
Selamat malam means both "Good evening" or "Good night."
6. Selamat jalan
Selamat jalan is somewhat like the French phrase "Bon voyage," essentially meaning "Have a good journey."
7. Selamat tinggal
Selamat tinggal is similar to Selamat jalan, though its meaning leans more towards "Goodbye" instead of "Have a good journey".
Aside from these 7 greetings, you will surely hear the following few phrases as well. The word Silakan will be often used by your waiter/waitress when bringing you the dishes you ordered. It means "Please, (enjoy)".
- To reply this gesture, you can say Terima kasih, meaning "Thank you". Often Terima kasih can be contracted to Makasih, a more informal and casual way to say the phrase. It's sort of like how "Thank you" is often contracted to "Thanks."
- A proper response to Terima kasih is Sama-sama, meaning "You're welcome."
Here are more ways to say "Thank You" and "You're Welcome":
- 5 Ways to Say Thank You in Indonesian
- 3 Ways to Say You're Welcome in Indonesian