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Spa has been a growing trend recently as a destination for people who seek for wellness treatments, whether it is for medical purpose, fitness, holistic or just to relax. Many spas all over the world, including in Bali offer their best treatment. There are hundreds of spas in Bali and every one of them has their own specialty in satisfying their customers, and to make them coming back, especially the luxury ones, not to mention Lagoon Spa Seminyak.


Easy Words and Phrases That Will Make You Best Friend of The Balinese

Going to a country where not everyone speaks English sometimes causes some small trouble in communication. Therefore, learning some common words and phrases of the local language is important. This also applied in Bali.

Probably, some of you may don’t know that Bali is an island located in Indonesia, a country located in South East Asia. It has more than 17.000 islands and some of them you probably have heard before. There are 5 main big islands and many other small ones, Bali is one of the small ones. The national language spoken in Indonesia is Indonesian, which well known as Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa means language. Bahasa Indonesia is also spoken in Bali as well. The local language is Balinese, however, most people communicate using Bahasa Indonesia.


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In the touristic area like Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud or Sanur, most locals speak English even though not fluently. However, there are many of the locals who don’t. So, it is important for foreigners who are planning to come to Bali for holiday, work or live to know basic phrases and words in Indonesian to be able to communicate with the locals. This will help you to live your Bali life easier. In addition, the locals love it when you speak Bahasa Indonesia, they will right away to make friends with you if you speak Bahasa Indonesia to them. As an advantage, your Bali life will be a lot more easier.

To start with, here are some basic words and phrases you can learn to be able to communicate with the locals :


Note: For Selamat pagi, Selamat siang, Selamat sore or Selamat malam, we often shorten the greets without using “Selamat”. So we just say “Pagi, siang, sore or malam”, similar as when native English speakers greet only saying “Morning” instead of “Good morning”.


important words

Note: We sometimes say “Terima Kasih” as “Makasi” which similar meaning as “thanks”. Also, we say “nggak” instead of “tidak” to sound more casual because “tidak” sounds very formal.

If you go to Indonesian warung, normally they will serve food or drink that normally served to Indonesian. For example: they put sugar on your coffee or tea without asking, or put chilli or sambal on your food without asking. To avoid those, here are some important words when you are in a restaurant or small local warung.

at restaurants

Here are some common words that often used for a basic conversation with locals or to use at grocery store or market.


Here are some short sentences to start a conversation with locals. Once you can say some of these sentences, they will make friend with you right away. Oh! don’t be surprised if they ask you some personal questions like “are you married?”, it doesn’t mean that they want to know your personal life, but it is a normal question in Bali.

short sentence

Easy right?

If you wish to learn more details about Indonesian language, click here. Good luck and be ready to have many local friends and speak Indonesian fluently!

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