Greetings can be a slightly complicated affair. ‘Selamat’ is the greeting word, but you must specify the time.
• Selamat pagi = Good Morning
• Selamat tengah hari = Good Afternoon (from noon to about 2pm)
• Selamat petang = Good Afternoon/Good Evening
• Selamat malam = Good Night
I did have a grumpy policeman on a train just say ‘Pagi’ to me one morning.
Some other greetings:
• Terima Kasih = Thank You – this is an important phrase to memorise.
• Sama = You are welcome. Sometimes they will say Sama Sama as a way of saying Thank You very much. They do not have the word for ‘very’ so they repeat a word to indicate this.
• Selamat datang = Welcome
• Apa khabar? = How are you?
• Khabar baik, terima kasih.= I'm fine, thank you.
• Selamat tinggal =Goodbye. Said by the person leaving
• Selamat jalan =Goodbye. Said by the person staying
We were greeted by a group of classical dance performers at the reception area of the Nirwana Hotel Resort. The dancers were in traditional colorful dresses and they were readily available for photography session with them.
The national language is Bahasa Indonesia. However, within Bintan Resorts area, English is widely used because the resorts is mostly catered for tourists from Singapore. The hotel pamphlets are in English. The people at the reception, butler, conceige all can speak English.
Main language : Indonesian or Malay
You can speak mandarin or theochew to the chinese. They can understand a little Hokkian (kinda Taiwanese).
The chinese here are fluent in theochew than to Indonesian.