Difference between ‘Kamar’, ‘Ruang’ and ‘Ruangan’

Difference between ‘Kamar’, ‘Ruang’ and ‘Ruangan’

‘Kamar’, ‘Ruang’ or ‘Ruangan’ There are three words in Indonesian that mean room. They are ‘kamar’, ‘ruang’ and ‘ruangan’. The three words are used in quite a distinguished manner and it’s important to know the difference. ‘Kamar’ means room and it’s usually used…

Difference between ‘Bisa’, ‘Boleh’ and ‘Dapat’

Difference between ‘Bisa’, ‘Boleh’ and ‘Dapat’

‘Bisa’, ‘Boleh’ or ‘Dapat’ Using the word can in Indonesian can be a bit tricky especially if you have tried to explore ways to order food in Indonesian. There are 3 words that are commonly used in Indonesian that mean…

Special Edition #2: Happy New Year 2015!

Special Edition #2: Happy New Year 2015!

Selamat Tahun Baru 2015!   We hope that you have a great and lovely year ahead! I’ll start the New Year by helping you use one of the words above even more… the word ‘baru’! The word ‘baru’ is an adjective…

Difference between ‘Kapan’, ‘Ketika’ and ‘Waktu’

‘Kapan’, ‘Ketika’ or ‘Waktu’ The word when is arguably one of the most used words in any language. Sooner or later you will find yourself wanting to ask a question about time or to tell stories about the time when you…

Listening Tip #2: Notice the Honorifics

 Listening Tip #2: Notice the Honorifics Respect and formality are very important in the Indonesian culture and is conveyed strongly in the language. If you have learnt Indonesian for a while, I’m sure you have heard these words before: Bapak (Pak),…

Difference between ‘Hal’, ‘Barang’ and ‘Benda’

‘Hal’, ‘Barang’ or ‘Benda’ ‘Hal’, ‘Barang’ and ‘Benda’ mean (a) thing in Indonesian but they are substantially different to one another. Do you know the difference? ‘Hal’  is a noun that is used to refer to intangible things. Intangible things that are often referred with…