Lesson 1

Tau-tau Meaning In Indonesian

Halo semuanya. Apa kabar? Ketemu lagi sama saya, Iman Prabawa. In this article, I want to talk to you about the meaning of the phrase [tau-tau], and as always, we will watch cut scenes from movies where this phrase is spoken to better understand this. 

Tau-tau Meaning In Indonesian

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Meaning of Tau-tau in Bahasa Indonesia

Formally, it will be written [tahu-tahu], but we don't pronounce the letter [h] in there. That's why many Indonesians write it as [tau-tau].

Which one you see whether it is [tahu-tahu] or [tau-tau], it all refers to the same thing. [Tau-tau] is the informal way of writing [tahu-tahu].

[Tau-tau] or [tahu-tahu] means in a sudden way and very unexpectedly.

How to Pronounce Tau-tau

This is how you pronounce [tau-tau] in bahasa Indonesia.


Remember! You don't pronounce the letter [h], even though you see it written as [tahu-tahu].

Video Examples of Tau-Tau In Use

The first clip we are about to watch is from Dating Queen, Episode 1 (2022). Let's watch the clip below.


Below is the narration from the scene with English translations.

Dina: Tau-tau aku ngga punya pegangan. Tau-tau aku ngga bisa lihat apa yang ada di depanku. (Out of the blue, I don't have something to hold onto. Before you know it, I can not see what's in front of me.)

Susan: Kak Dina! Kak Dina! (Sister Dina! Sister Dina!)

In this scene, Dina is engaged to Adrian, but all of a sudden, Adrian wants to break up with her. Dina is shocked by Adrian's decision, and then she says that.

Vocabulary From the Scene

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

[Ngga punya] = don't have.

[Pegangan] = something to hold onto.

[Lihat] = see.

[Di depanku] = in front of me.

[Kak] is short for [kakak], and it is an honorific title to address someone older than you. Susan is Dina's little sister, so that's why Susan calls Dina with an honorific title [kak]. For more about this, you can read my article, Kakak Meaning In Bahasa Indonesia.

     Read also: Teteh In Indonesian

I guess this wraps up this article. If I find another scene where the phrase [tau-tau] is spoken, Insha Allah, I will update this article again. Thank you for reading my article, and I'll see you soon. Bye now.

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