The best way to quickly improve your Bahasa Indonesia skills is by practicing through our previous episode of this series. In this “How to Speak Like Native Indonesian” blog, we are going to discuss two words that will help you to speak like native Indonesian. Those two words are “aduh” and “macet”. Let’s have a look in the following examples:
Aduh... kepalaku sakit sekali.
Oh my... my head hurts so much.
Aduh... sudah jam 11:00 tetapi dia belum datang.
Oh my... it’s already 11:00 but he hasn't come yet.
Setiap hari jalan di Jakarta pasti macet.
Every day the roads in Jakarta must be jammed.
Dia bilang bahwa dia sudah dekat, tetapi jalan menuju kantor kita macet sekali karena ada perbaikan jalan.
He said that he was near, however, the road to our office was very jammed because of road construction.
From these examples you can see that “aduh” is used to express a feeling of worry and that “macet” is used to express traffic jams. We hope through these simple examples, you get new understanding and we encourage you to use them in your daily activity.
To see how these words are used in a conversation, check this video!