Lesson 1

Deg-degan Meaning In Indonesian

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Deg-degan Meaning In Indonesian Language

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Deg-degan Meaning In the Indonesian Language

[Deg-degan] is a state when you feel nervous because of something, for example, waiting for your exam test result or when you're about to perform on stage.

Synonym for the word [deg-degan] is [gugup].


How to Pronounce Deg-degan

Let's hear how to pronounce [deg-degan] below.

Next, we will watch a clip where this word [deg-degan] is spoken.


Example of Deg-degan In Use

The first clip we are about to watch is taken from a TV program called Masterchef Indonesia. Let's watch the clip below.


The conversation from the clip with English translations is as follows.

Chef Arnold: Gimana rasanya dicicipin sama Chef Juna? (How does it feel your cook being tasted by chef Juna?)

Masterchef Participant: Saya deg-degan sampai sekarang nih. (I'm still nervous until now.)

Chef Arnold: Deg-degan ya? (You are nervous, aren't you?)

Masterchef Participant: He'eh. Kedengeran ngga? (Yes. Can you hear it? My heart is pounding.)

Chef Arnold: Ngga denger saya. (No, I don't hear it.)

Masterchef Participant: Dag dug deg. Dag dig dug gitu. Ngga ya? (It makes a sound like this, dag dug deg, dag dig dug (*dag dud deg, and dag dig dug is onomatopoeia, she was trying to describe the sound of her heart pounding). You don't hear it, do you?)

Chef Arnold: Anyway, Opor Ayam ya? (Anyway, that's Opor Ayam that you made. Right?)

Masterchef Participant: Gimana, Chef? Suka? (What do you think, Chef? Do you like it?)

Chef Arnold: Sebenarnya opor itu salah satu masakan kesukaan saya. (Actually, Opor Ayam is one of my favorite dishes.)

Masterchef Participant: Iya. (Okay.)

In this clip, this woman is a bit exaggerating because, actually, you can't hear your heart pounding from that distance, right?

Vocabulary from the scene

[Cicip] = to taste something, usually food.

[Gimana rasanya..], this is a phrase if you want to ask about how someone feels about something.

[Sama] = with.

[Sekarang] = now.

[Sampai] = until.

[He'eh] means yes. For more about this, you can read my article here, He'eh In Indonesian.

[Denger] = [dengar] = to hear. Usually, in conversational Indonesian, you will hear [denger] a lot, like this in the clip.

[Ngga] is informal for [tidak] = no.

[Opor ayam] is an Indonesian dish that looks like in the picture below.

Opor Ayam
Opor Ayam

[Dag dig dug] is an onomatopeia. It comes from the sound of a heart that is pounding.

[Sebenarnya] = actually.

[Masakan] = dishes.

The second clip is still from Masterchef Indonesia. Let's watch the clip below.


And below is what he said in the video with English translations.

Masterchef Participant: Perasaan aku sih deg-degan banget. Tapi aku yakin aku bakal ngasih yang terbaik buat juri. (I'm feeling very nervous right now. But, I believe that I will give my best to the jury.)

So, he was feeling very nervous because he had to present his dish to the jury.

Vocabulary from the scene

[Perasaan] = feeling.

[Banget] = [sangat] = [amat] = very. For more about this, you can read my article here, Banget In Indonesian.

[Aku] is informal for [saya] = I. For more about this, you can read my article here, Aku In Indonesian.

[Yakin] = believe.

[Bakal] = [akan] = will. For more about this, you can read my article here, Bakal In Indonesian.

[Ngasih] = [memberi] = to give.

[Terbaik] = the best.

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So, I think that's all for the update.  If I find another one, Insha Allah, I will update it again. Bye now.

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