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T i m e (Waktu)

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Voice of Indonesia presents “Let’s Speak Bahasa Indonesia,” a lesson in the Indonesian language on the radio. We introduce new Indonesian vocabulary and tips on how to use it in a conversation. This segment is a joint initiative of Voice of Indonesia and the Language and Book Development Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.  Today’s topic is  Waktu or  ‘Time’.

Today’s lesson is all aboutWaktu or ‘Time’. Listen to this conversation between Kevin and Pak Imran. They are talking in the car on the way to a hotel.

Kevin   : Sekarang pukul berapa, Pak?

Imran   : Pukul tiga sore, Mas.

Kevin   : Oh, terima kasih. 

Imran   : Kalau di Darwin waktunya lebih cepat atau lebih lambat?

Kevin   : Darwin lebih cepat tiga jam daripada Jakarta.

Now I am going to introduce some vocabularies and expressions related to the topic today. I will say each word slowly and twice, you can follow after me.

lebih cepat

(2X) which means


lebih lambat



pukul berapa


what time is it?

Sekarang pukul berapa, Pak?


What time is it, sir?

Pukul tiga sore.


3 p.m

Kalau di Darwin, waktunya lebih cepat atau lebih lambat?


How about the                                        time in Darwin, faster or


Darwin lebih cepat tiga jam dari Jakarta.


The time in Darwin three hours faster thanJakarta.

In the conversation, Kevin askspak Imran about time. He said: Sekarang pukul berapa, Pak? To respond or mention about time, you can use the word pukul followed by the time. Let’s listen to an example:

Kevin: Besok kita pergi pukul berapa? (at what time we go tomorrow?)

Imran:Pukul 08.15 (delapan lebih lima belas menit), ya.(at fifteen minutes pass eight) , ok.

In Indonesian language, to mention the time we usually use the words lebih and kurang. The word lebih is used to show the time between 1 to 30 minutes.

For example:

-pukul 08.10 (pukul delapan lebih sepuluh menit) in English ‘eight pass ten’.

-pukul 10.20 (pukul sepuluh lebih dua puluh menit) in English ‘ten pass twenty’

The word kurang is used when the time is more than 30 minutes.

For example:

-pukul 08.55 (pukul sembilan kurang lima menit) in English ‘five to nine’

-pukul 08.50 (pukul sembilan kurang sepuluh menit) in English ‘ten to nine’

That was “Let’s Speak Bhs Indonesia”, a lesson in bahasa Indonesia  or the Indonesian language on the radio. Hopefully, this edition can be useful for those who want to know more about Bahasa Indonesia.  

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