Mastering Indonesian Numbers: A Key to Smoother Travels in Indonesia

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling adventure to Indonesia? Whether you've already been there or are planning to go, one of the most important things you'll need to master is counting in Indonesian. You might think numbers are boring, but trust me, they're an essential tool for any language learner, especially if you're going to be interacting with locals and handling money. Being able to count fluently in Indonesian will not only impress the locals but will also make your travels a lot smoother.

However, don't worry if you're feeling lost and don't know where to start. In this post, you'll discover the basics of Indonesian numbers and be counting like a pro in no time. So get ready to delve into the fascinating world of Indonesian language and culture!

1. The case of number '0'

Indonesian, like many other languages, has formal and informal words. If you're planning a trip to Indonesia, you might come across some confusion when you hear both 'kosong' and 'nol' being used for the number zero. It's important to note that 'kosong' is a non-standard and informal term, and therefore, should not be used in formal writing. On the other hand, 'nol' is the standardized and acceptable term that can be used in either formal or informal contexts. So, if you want to speak Indonesian like a pro, make sure to use 'nol' instead of 'kosong'!

2. Memorizing 1-9

To memorize Indonesian numbers easily, start by focusing on numbers 1-9. Take a look at the following numbers and if you want to check their pronunciation, you can watch the videos provided below.

1 = Satu, 2 = Dua, 3 = Tiga, 4 = Empat, 5 = Lima, 6 = Enam, 7 = Tujuh, 8 = Delapan, 9 = Sembilan.

After you've committed these numbers to memory, you'll have a strong foundation to build upon and can move on to learning the rest of the numbers.

3. Memorizing 11-19

Now, let's say you've already memorized numbers 1-9. To say numbers 11-19, simply add 'belas' to the end of the number. Here are some examples:

11 = Sebelas, 12 = Dua belas, 13 = Tiga belas, 14 = Empat belas, 15 = Lima belas, 16 = Enam belas,

17 = Tujuh belas, 18 = Delapan belas, 19 = Sembilan belas.

4. Memorizing 10-1 billion

Following this pattern will make it easier to memorize Indonesian numbers. First, you only need to memorize the following numbers:

10 = Sepuluh, 100 = Seratus, 1000 = Seribu, 10000 = Sepuluh ribu, 1000000 = Sejuta, 1 billion = Semiliar.

Now you can start combining them with other random numbers. Here are some examples:

50 = Lima puluh (0 is called "puluh")

110 = Seratus sepuluh

1110 = Seribu seratus sepuluh

100000 = Seratus ribu (000 is called "ribu")

156700 = Seratus lima puluh enam ribu tujuh ratus

1450000 = Sejuta empat ratus lima puluh ribu

145000000 = Seratus empat puluh lima juta (000000 is called "juta")

1657200000 = Semiliar enam ratus lima puluh tujuh juta dua ratus ribu

That's basically how you can say Indonesian numbers. Once you know the pattern, it's easy to say them. If you still find it confusing, you can watch the following videos or leave a comment below. Bye for now, and have a good day! 😄

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