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    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Backpacking
    • Family Travel

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