Sunday, July 18, 2010
Selamat Datang and Terima Kasih
When you come to Indonesia, a lot of people will say "Selamat Datang di Indonesia", which means "Welcome to Indonesia".
Like I've told you several times ... a lot of greetings are using the word "Selamat", such as: Selamat Pagi - Good Morning, Selamat Siang - Good Afternoon, Selamat Sore - you might say it if it's not dark yet but it's past afternoon :p, Selamat Malam - Good Night. In addition, there will be Selamat Natal - Merry Christmas, Selamat Ulang Tahun - Happy Birthday, etc, etc.
But for now, let's stick with those "Selamats" above. How do you suppose to response to a "Selamat Datang"? Of course you the simplest response is to say "Thank you" or "Terima kasih".
You might hear several version of how people saying "Terima kasih", such as "Makasih" or "Trims" -- see how lazy we are, so we shorten and shorten each word :) But if you can't remember all the versions, just remember the formal version "Terima kasih" and you will see Indonesian will smile back to you because you reply in their mother languange :)