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Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

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Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

I'm in Ubud doing some language lessons and was amazed to learn that Balinese have no word for 'good morning' or 'good afternoon'. Their greeting translates as 'Where are you going'. The answer is not important - it is a greeting. So how bad did I feelon learning this, as my husband used to repond by saying 'None of your business' or 'Nothing to do with you'. Not any more however. Just thought I'd share it as I'm sure that's not commonly known and it does put a different complexion on the question. Of course, it's often followed by the offer of transport, but the meaninig there is clear.

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1. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

I am learning basic Bahasa now and this is what we have been taught.....along with some other key words

Good morning is : Selamat Pagi

Good afternoon is : Selamat Sore

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2. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

jodess

no thank you .... Bukan terima kasih

thank you ........terima kasih

yes please .......Ya silahkan

closed ...........tutup

open..............Membuka

wash room.........Cuci tempat

for more translation of easy phrases try this link

http://www.toggletext.com/kataku_trial.php

cheers

batt

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3. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

Bahasa means language so to say you are learning bahasa means

I am learning language.

Bahasa Indonesian = Indonesian language.

Bahasa Inggris = English language.

Salamat Pagi means good morning.

Salamat malam (good night).

Where are you going is Di mana pergi?

But this is Indonesian.

The poster is talking about Balinese which is a totally different language.

Indonesian is the official language of Indonesia. There are many other local languages, eg Balinese, Javanese etc.

perth
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4. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

I should have wrote I am learing Bahasa Indonesian. Thanks you for picking me up on my mistake - its has only been a couple of nights at tafe so far....

Lets hope Zenophile can learn from your valuable input as I have.

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5. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

looking back on the class notes, there are so many different variation's of the indo language - too true!!! Hopefully we will learn enough to get us by and be able to converse with our balinese friends...

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6. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

good on you jodess , i dont think too many would go to tafe to learn the language ....im proud !

my son learnt indonesian at school and thought he was the ants pants when he went over to bali , knowing more words than we did .

my problem is i have a shocking memory .....i ask what words mean or "how to say "....but i never remember them .

i think your doing great to learn it .

cheers

batt

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7. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

I always thought that the greeting in English of "Where are you going" was really just an enquiry to your well-being as in "How are you going". Certainly not a rude enquiry.

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David

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8. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

Love this post. Always interesting when learning about language and culture.

In response to "Where are you going"? My husband and I always reply, "Jalan, jalan", which means, "Just walking around..."

And in many Asian countries, "Hello", "Good morning", "How are you?", etc is often translated as "Have you eaten yet?", so dont' think they they want you to buy them a meal or anything...it's just a salutation....And many times, people don't even say "Hello", etc when they step into shops. They're not intentionally trying to be rude, but it's a cultural thing.

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9. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

Try "Saya Makan Angin" literally "I am eating wind" (need to to run the n and g together hardly voicing the g)It means taking a walk. It will raise some smiles.

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10. Re: Annoyed by 'Where are you going?' ??

Hi Jodess, I think you assumed (wrongly) that I was having a go at you.

That's what I deduced from your answer. I could be wrong also though as written language is easy to misinterpret. It's just that if you said I'm learning Bahasa people would not know what you were talking about. I thought you might like to know that.

I don't understand your comments about Indonesian having different variations. Indonesian is a phonetic language with few rules. That's why it is one of the easiest languages to learn.

If you want some extra resources there are some good internet ones that have sound so you can hear the pronunciations. That is where most people experience difficulty.

Doing a course like TAFE is a great idea as you get feedback. I learnt by correspondence and we only met twice a year.

Here are some websites to practice on. Good luck. It's very rewarding to be able to speak with the locals. They are very appreciative of your effort and will help (read laugh) you when you get it wrong.

I will never forget one embarrassing conversation I had using a incorrect word.

Indonesian language websites.

hello-indonesia.com/HelloIndonesia/Language.…

http://www.bluep.com/~gerome/

users.skynet.be/dvran/bahasa_links1.htm

travlang.com/languages/cgi-bin/langchoice.cgi

http://www.geocities.com/mbordt/lang1.htm

…niu.edu/indonesian/…indo7days_fs.htm

http://www.seasite.niu.edu/indonesian/

http://nlp.aia.bppt.go.id/cgi-bin/search.cgi

www.gimonca.com/sejarah/pronounce.shtml

http://coralreeffish.com/balinese.htm

www.travlang.com/languages

http://home.mira.net/~wreid/bali_lng.html

http://people.freenet.de/indonesian/