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Boleh Meaning In Indonesian

Halo semuanya, ketemu lagi ama aye, Iman Prabawa. In this article, I want to be talking about the meaning of the word [boleh] in Indonesian. As always, we are also going to be watching examples from movies, YouTube videos, comics, and others where Indonesians use the word [boleh]. 

Boleh Meaning In Indonesian

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Boleh In Indonesian

1. [Boleh] means that something is allowed and not prohibited. You can also use [boleh] when you ask for permission.

Example sentence:
1. Tidak boleh membawa kamera di ruangan ini. (No cameras are allowed in this room.)
2. A: Boleh saya permisi ke belakang? (May I go to the bathroom?)
    B: Silakan. (Yes, you may.)

2. [Boleh] is used when someone offers something to you, and you agree to accept it. It can also be used when someone comes up with an idea, and you agree with that person because you think it sounds good.

Example sentence:
1. A: Loe mau teh ngga? (Do you want tea?)
    B: Boleh. (Sure.)
2. A: Eh, gimana kalau kita sekarang nyari makan aja dulu? (Hey, how about if we are looking for something to eat now?)
    B: Wah, boleh tuh. (That sounds good.)

How to Pronounce Boleh

Here is how you pronounce [boleh] in Bahasa Indonesia.

Moving on, we will look at examples where Indonesians use the word [boleh].

Examples of Boleh In Use

The first example we are about to watch is taken from Cek Toko Sebelah 2 (2022). Let's watch the clip below.

Below is the conversation from the scene above with English translations.

Erwin: Nanti kalo udah di Jakarta, masih boleh ketemu, ngga? (When I'm in Jakarta, can I still meet you?)

Natalie: Boleh. Nanti yah kalo ban mobilnya kempes lagi. (Yeah, you can. But when my car has a flat tire again.)


Erwin: Hah, sebatas montir panggilan ternyata. Serius tapi? Ga papa? Ga ada yang marah? Ketawa sih? (Oh, so I'm no more than just a mechanic. But seriously? Is it okay? No one is gonna be angry? Why are you laughing?)

Natalie: Aduh! Cowo tu kaya ngga punya teknik lain. (Oh my God! Men seemed to have no other ways.)

Erwin: Teknik apaan? (Ways for what?)

Natalie: Pasti nanyanya gitu. Entar ngga ada yang marah? (They always ask like that. No one is gonna be angry?)

Erwin: Emang harusnya nanyanya gimana? (How should I ask, then?)

Natalie: Ya, tanya aja langsung. Udah punya pacar belom? Gitu. Kalo berani. (Just ask directly. Do you have a boyfriend? Like that. If you have the guts.)

In this scene, Erwin asks permission to meet Natalie again when he returns to Jakarta. And Natalie allows it. So, [boleh] here refers to the first meaning that I explained above.

Vocabulary From the Scene

[Nanti] = later.

[Kalo] is informal for [kalau] = if.

[Udah] is a common reduction for [sudah] = already.

[Ketemu] is the conversational way of saying [bertemu] = to meet.

[Ban mobil] = car's tire.

[Ban mobil kempes] = flat tire. You can read my article here, How to Say I Have a Flat Tire In Indonesian.

[Lagi] = again.

[Tertawa] = laughing.

[Montir] = mechanic.

[Montir panggilan] = a mechanic that you can call whenever you have trouble with your car.

[Ga papa] = [tidak apa-apa] = okay, no problem.

[Ga ada ] = [tidak ada] = no one.

[Marah] = angry.

[Ketawa] = [tertawa] = laughing.

[Sih] here has no meaning. It falls under the phatic expression category. For more about this, you can read my article here, Sih In Indonesian.

[Cowo] = [cowok] = [pria] = men.

[Tu] is informal for [itu] = that. For more about this, you can read my article here, Tu In Indonesian.

[Pasti] = certain.

[Nanyanya gitu] = [bertanyanya seperti itu] = ask like that.

[Ngga] = [ga] = no.

[Nanya] is the conversational way of saying [bertanya] = to ask.

[Tanya] = [nanya] = [bertanya] = to ask.

[Pacar] = boyfriend or girlfriend.

[Berani] = brave.

The second example we are about to watch is from a TV Program, Lapor Pak (2022). You can watch it in full here.

Below is the conversation from the clip above with English translations.

Wendy Cagur: Iya, betul. Kalau masalah itu memang kita bisa selesaikan, pak. Tapi kita butuh nama bapak dulu. Bapak mau buah, ga? (That's right. For that matter, yes, we can handle it, sir. But we are going to need your name first. Do you want some fruit?)

Pak Bolot: Boleh tuh. (Don't mind if I do.)

In this clip, Wendy Cagur offers fruit to Pak Bolot, and then Pak Bolot accepts the offer by saying [boleh tuh]. So, [boleh] here refers to the second meaning that I explained above.

Vocabulary From the Scene

[Iya] = yes.

[Betul] = correct.

[Masalah] = problem.

[Pak] is used to address men in Indonesian. For more about this, you can read my article here, Pak In Indonesian.

[Butuh] = [perlu] = need.

[Buah] = fruit.

[Tuh] and [tu] are informal for [itu] = that. 

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That wraps up today's article. If I find another example, Insha Allah, I will update this article again. If you have any questions, just leave them in the comment below, and I'll be happy to answer them. Thank you, and I'll see you soon. Buh-bye now.