Lesson 1

How to Say Have a Seat In Bahasa

Halo semuanya. Apa kabar? Ketemu lagi sama saya, Iman Prabawa. In this article, I want to talk to you about how to say [have a seat] in the Indonesian language. As always, we will watch examples from movies where this phrase in Bahasa is spoken.

How to Say Have a Seat In Bahasa

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How to Say Have a Seat In the Indonesian Language

To say [have a seat] in the Indonesian language, formally, we would say this.

Silakan duduk.

And this is how you pronounce it.

[Silakan duduk] is used in a formal setting, but it can also be used in an informal setting. You will see a lot of Indonesians write it down with the added letters [h], [silahkan duduk]. This is grammatically incorrect, but it is common in Indonesia. I, myself included. I usually say [silahkan duduk] instead of [silakan duduk].

And this is how you pronounce [silahkan duduk].

In daily conversations, you can say this phrase for [have a seat] in the Indonesian language.

Ayo duduk.

And this is how you pronounce it.

Next, we will watch examples of how Indonesian people say [have a seat] from movie scenes.


Examples From Movies

The first scene we are about to watch is taken from a movie called Teka Teki Tika (2021). Let's watch it below.


Below is the conversation from the scene with English translations.

Andre’s Father: Ya kan, Jane? (Right, Jane?)

Jane: Iya, om. (Yes, sir.)

Andre’s Father: Ayo duduk. (Have a seat.)

Andre: Yok, duduk. (Have a seat.)

In this scene, Jane drops by Andre's house, and she meets Andre's father. And then, after a short conversation with him, Andre's father invited her to sit down.


Vocabulary From the Scene

[Ya kan?] is usually used when you seek approval from someone or when you are sure about something, and just to make sure it is right, you say this phrase to the person that you're talking to. 

[Iya] = yes.

[Om] literally means [uncle], but [om] is usually used to address our friend's father. In this scene, Jane uses the word [om] to address Andre's father. Andre is her boyfriend.

[Yok] or [yo] is a common reduction for [ayo]. Some Indonesian people write [ayo], and some Indonesian people write [ayok]. The proper form is [ayo], and [ayok] is the informal form. Both mean the same.

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So, I guess this is a wrap. If I find another example, Insha Allah, I will update this article again. Thank you for reading my article, and if you have any questions, just leave them in the comment section below this article.

Terima kasih, and I'll talk to you soon. Bye now.

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