Speak Indonesian, Speak Balinese

Bali is one of the most popular islands in Indonesia, the largest archipelagic region in the world. Bali is located in the southern part of the country, between the islands of Java and Lombok. It is the most populated province in Indonesia and holds most of the tourism jobs in the country. Its is also the most visited region in Indonesia due to its breathtaking sceneries and warm people.

Most of their people are Hindus; however, due to migration from the neighboring islands of Java and Lombok, there is an increase in the number of non-Hindu population. People in Bali speak Bahasa Indonesia, the national language of Indonesia, and a little English. However, the locals also have their own Balinese dialect. Balinese is the native language of the people of Bali. Compared to Bahasa Indonesia, Balinese may sound more unusual to Westerners. Some Balinese words start with “ng”, which may be perceived as peculiar since the English alphabet does not include “ng” in its system.

Balinese also consists of a variety of social distinctions mostly derived from caste-system, probably inherited from India. And the result of this is that, there are certain words used for specific people, depending on the person whom you are talking or referring to. Another thing about Balinese is that pronunciations vary from different regions and it is very particular with accents and sounds.

It will be an additional advantage if you know Balinese. People in Bali admire other people who try to learn their language, apart from their national language. It gives them the impression of respect and admiration for their culture. It is probably because their language is much more complex than Bahasa Indonesia, which is fairly easier to learn.
Here are some handy Balinese that you can use every day. Enjoy!

Hello = Om Swastiastu
How are you ? = Asapunapi Gatrane / Kenken kabare?
Good Morning = rahajeng semeng
Good Night = rahajeng wengi
What is your name ? = Sira wastan jerone / Nyen adane?
I Love You (man to woman) = Beli tresna kapining adi
I Love You (woman to man) = Tiang tresna kapining beli
How much? = Aji kude ?
Thank You = Matur Suksema
You are welcome = Suksema mewali
No – Sing

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