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Time (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 some 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 topic is about Waktu or ‘Time’. Listen to this conversation between Kevin and Pak Imran. Pak Imran asks Kevin, when he had left from Australia.


Kapan berangkat dari Australia, Mas?


Kemarin malam, Pak. Sekitar pukul sepuluh malam.


Wah, lama juga, ya penerbangannya.


Iya pak. Waktu perjalanan kira-kira dua puluh jam.

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

Kapan berangkat dari Australia?

(2X) which means

when did you leave from Australia?

Kemarin malam , Pak.


Yesterday evening, pak

Sekitar pukul sepuluh malam.


At about 10 p.m

Wah, cukup lama   penerbangannya


Ouh, it was a long flight

Waktu perjalanan kira-kira dua puluh jam


The travel time is approximately twenty hours

In the conversation Kevin says: Waktu perjalanan kira-kira dua puluh jam which means ‘the travel time is approximately twenty hours’. To mention travel time in Indonesian language we usually use the words jam to mention hour, and menit to mention minutes.

For example:

-Berapa lama dari bandara ke hotel?    which means ‘How long does it

take to the hotel from airport?’

-Kira-kira 1 jam 20 menit                                       which means ‘it is 1 hour 20


To mention about duration in Indonesian language we usually use berapa lama which means ‘how long’.

For example:

-Berapa lama durasi filmnya?                             which means ‘how long is the film’s duration?’

-Dua jam empat puluh menit                               which means ‘two hours fourty minutes’.

-Berapa lama waktu memasaknya         which means ‘how long for

cooking it?’

-Sepuluh menit.                                                      which means ‘ten minutes’

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

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