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Balinese phrasebook

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Balinese is the local language spoken in Bali, Indonesia and rarely in parts of Lombok and East Java.

It is a very tough language for non-Balinese to master, and bears no resemblance to Bahasa Indonesia.

It is generally not necessarily 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.

The language has three main registers depending on the status of those speaking:

  • low (basa ketah)
  • middle (basa madia)
  • high (basa singgih)

This phrasebook will cover the low register only as that is the language spoken by the vast majority of Balinese, and the only one likely to be encountered by visitors.

Pronunciation guide[edit]


Front Central Back
High (IPA: i) (IPA: u)
Mid (IPA: e) (IPA: ə) (IPA: o)
Low (IPA: a)

The official spelling denotes both (IPA: /a/) and (IPA: /ə/) by a. However, a is usually pronounced (IPA: [ə]) when it ends a word, and (IPA: [ə]) occurs also in prefixes ma-, pa- and da-.


Labial Dental Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d c ɟ k ɡ
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Fricative s h
Trill r
Lateral l
Approximant w j

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


Hello. (informal)
. (swastiastu)
Hello. (formal
. (Om swastiastu) (hands together in front of chest as if in prayer)
How are you? 
(Engken kabare?) (Sapunapi gatra?) (ken ken kabare?)
No Problems 
("Sin Engken) (sin kenken)
Fine, thank you. 
. (Iyang becik-becik kewanten.) ("becik-becik, suksma")
And how are you?: ("Men yie ken-ken?")
What is your name? 
(Sira pesengen ragane?)
My name is ______ 
(Tiang_____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. ( )
. (Tempat)
Thank you. 
. (suksma.)
You're welcome. 
. (suksma mewali )
. ("Nyak") (Inggih. Patut.)
. ("Sing") (Tan. Nenten)
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. (Ampurayang )
I'm sorry. 
. (Ampura )
Thank you very much 
. (Matur Suksma)
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
(Bapa bisa basa Inggris)
a little bit
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( )
 ! ( Nulungin tiang !)
Look out! 
 ! ( Awas!)
Good morning. 
. (Rahajeng semeng.)
Good afternoon. 
. (Rahajeng sanja.)
Good evening. 
. (Rahajeng peteng.)
Good night. 
. (Rahajeng Wengi.)
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. (Tiang Ten Ngresep )
Where is the toilet? 
 ? ( Ring dija WC?)
Where is... ...
(Ring dija?)
What is that?
(Napi punika?)
Are you already married?
(Bapa suba makurenan?)
I just came from Ubud
(Tiang mara teka uli Ubud.)



½ - sathang

0 - kosun

1 - besik / a

2 - dua

3 - telu

4 - papat

5 - lima

6 - nenem

7 - pitu

8 - kutus

9 - sia

10 - dasa

11 - solas

12 - roras

13 - telu las

14 - pat belas

15 - lima las

16 - nem belas

17 - pitu las

18 - plekutus

19 - sia ngolas

20 - duang dasa

21 - duang dasa besik / selikur

22 - duang dasa dua

23 - duang dasa telu

25 - duang dasa lima / selae

30 - telung dasa

35 - telung dasa lima / sasur

40 - papat dasa

45 - papat dasa lima / setiman

50 - limang dasa / seket

75 - pitung dasa lima / telung benang

100 - satus

150 - satus seket / karobelah

200 - satak

300 - telung atus

1000 - siu

2000 - duang tali

3000 - telung tali

10000 - rhiba haunna


Clock time[edit]



Sunday: Radite Monday: Soma Tuesday:Anggara Wednesday:Buda Thursday:Warespati Friday:Sukra Saturday: Saniscara


January - januari February - febuari March - maret April - april May - mei June - juni July - juli August - agustus September- september October - oktober November - november December - desember

Writing time and date[edit]


red- barack orange- raguk yellow- kuning green- gadang blue- pelung pink- barak nguda purple- biru pucat black- selem brown- coklat white-putih


I want to go to airport. (Tiang lakar ka airport.)

Bus and train[edit]





Too expensive (Mahal) (Mahal sekali)

I have no money (Singla pis)


Restaurant (')
Have you eaten (polite) (Sampun ngajeng?)
Which dishes are they? (Ajengan napi sane wenten?)
Do you have native Balinese dishes? (Ada ajengan Bali ane tulen?)
Do you have pineapple? (Wenten manas?)
Delicious (Jaen)


Jegeg, - pretty


How much is this/that ? (Ajikuda niki/nika?)



Learning more[edit]

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