If you have caught up with our series, by now you will have known the meanings of the words pukul, tahu, and halaman. Now we will be expanding your knowledge in Bahasa Indonesia by sharing with you yet another dual meaning word.
The word we are sharing today is . . . “Lewat.”
Let’s take a look at the following examples:
“Setiap pagi aku berangkat kerja lewat jalan tol supaya aku tiba di kantor lebih cepat.”
“Every morning I go to work through the toll road so that I arrive at the office earlier.”
“Malam ini, aku akan bermain bulu tangkis dengan temanku jam 8 lewat 15 menit.”
“Tonight, I will play badminton with my friend at 15 minutes past 8.”
As the examples that were given show, the word lewat can have the two meanings of “through” and “past” in English.
The word is also spelt and pronounced in the exact same way for both meanings and so you will need to know the context of the conversation to know which meaning of the word is being meant.
Don’t forget to practice using what you have learnt by applying it in your daily life so that you can improve your fluency and confidence in speaking Bahasa Indonesia!
For a more detailed explanation and more examples of the use of the word, watch the video below!