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Meaning of Bunda In Indonesian Language

Halo semuanya, apa kabar? This time I'm going to talk about the meaning of [bunda] in the Indonesian language. As always, we will watch scenes from movies where this word [bunda] is spoken to better understand this.

Meaning of Bunda In Indonesian Language

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The Meaning of Bunda In the Indonesian Language

Bunda is short for [ibunda], which means [mother]. This term is used a child calls her mother. In Indonesia, there are many words for [mother], such as ibu, mamak, bunda, mamah, emak, and mami.

     Read also: Meaning of Tumben In the Indonesian Language

The origin of the word 'bunda' in modern Indonesia is from Old Malay and Old Javanese words 'Ibu' (mother) and 'ananda' (polite form of 'you'). It's common in the Old Malay and Old Javanese languages to combine doublewords into one word. 

Thus:

ibu+ananda → ibu+anda → ibunda → bunda


How to Pronounce Bunda

Let's hear how to pronounce bunda in the video below.

Next, let's watch scenes from movies where this word [bunda] is spoken.


Bunda In Movie Scenes

The first scene is taken from a famous movie in Indonesia called Dilan 1990. Let's watch the clip down below.

Conversation in the scene with English translations is as follows.

Milea: Dilan manggil ibu "bunda" ya? (Dilan calls you 'bunda'? Am I right?)

Dilan’s Mother: Ehe. Kecuali kalo lagi minta uang. (Yes. Except when he asks for money.)

Milea: Apa manggilnya, bu? (What did he call you?)

Dilan’s Mother: Bundahara. (*this is from the word [bendahara], which means treasurer, but then the letter [e] in [bendahara] changes into [bundahara].)

Milea: Kalo aku manggil ibu "bunda," boleh ngga? (May I call you 'bunda'?)

Dilan’s Mother: Boleh dong. (Sure, you can.)

In this scene, Milea just met Dilan's mother. Because she heard Dilan called her mother [bunda], she wanted to make sure to her. That's why she asked this question,

Dilan manggil ibu "bunda" ya? (Dilan calls you 'bunda'? Am I right?)

And then Dilan's mother says [ehe], which means [yes] in this context. Then Milea asked her whether she could also call her [bunda], and Dilan's mother said yes. Milea can call her [bunda].

So, I think that's all for now. If I find another scene where this word [bunda] is spoken, Insha Allah, I will update this article again. Thank you for reading this article, and if you have any questions, you can just put it in the comment section below, and I'll be happy to answer your questions. Bye now.

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