A Quick 'Bali Lingo' Guide

Indonesian people.

Generally speaking, it's not necessary for travellers to learn Balinese, as nearly every Balinese speaker speaks Indonesian as well, and many are even reasonably competent in English... Nevertheless, attempting to speak their language will almost certainly please the locals.

Provided is a very basic list of some commonly used terms to aid conversation when in Bali. Some friends and followers have printed this off and used it as they travel through Bali. For any additional phrases etc. hit us up and we will add to this list.

1. Greetings in Bahasa:

a. Good Morning : Rahajeng Semeng
b. Good Evening : Rahajeng Wengi
c. Thank you : Suksma
d. Excuse me! : Sugra nggih! 
e. My name is John : Wastan tiang John
f. How are you? : Punapi gatra? 
g. I am fine : Tiang becik-becik
h. Good Bye : Pamit Nggih

2. Basics daily expression.

a. Where have you been? : Dija mara? 
b. Where are you going? : Kal kija? 
c. I am from <country> : Tiang uling <country> 
d. What time is it? : Jam kuda niki?
e. How much? : Aji kuda niki?

You may also use the following Indonesian words/phrases which will be understood through Bali.

  • Hello - Halo
  • Thank you - Terima Kasih
  • Please - Silakhan
  • Good bye - good bye
  • Good afternoon - Selamat siang
  • Good morning - Selamat pagi
  • Good Evening - Baik evening
  • How are you - Apa kabar
  • Good - Bagus
  • Bad - Buruk
  • Too much - Terlalu Banyak
  • Please use the meter - Silakan gunakan meteran
  • How much - Berapa
  • Very good - Sangat Baik
  • No thank you - Tidak terima kasih
  • No too much - Tidak terlalu banyak
  • Maybe later - Mungkin nanti
  • Hospital - Rumah sakit
  • Doctor - Dokter
  • Emergency - Keadaan darurat
  • Help - Membantu
  • Police - Polisi
  • Taxi - Taksi