Visitors to Bali will see signs featuring words they do not understand. in the interests of expanding one’s vocabulary, here is a selection of words in Bahasa Indonesia and Basa Bali beginning with the letter ‘p’.
Basa Bali, the language of the Balinese has some similarities with Bahasa Indonesia. It is though, a separate language in its own right. For people coming to Bali, or living in Bali, is learning Basa Bali worth the effort?
Basa Bali (Balinese) is traditionally written in a script called aksara, which bears no resemblence to western script. Driving around Bali you will see ‘Matur Suksma’ (thank you) written on stone markers at the edge of a village. This will be paired with its aksara equivalent. You will also see […]
Most people in Bali speak Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) and many speak some English. All Balinese however, speak Balinese (Bahasa Bali). In villages and towns across the island, kids are brought up in the family home speaking Balinese, later learing Indonesian, the national language in school, or while mixing with friends. […]
Here are some names of fruits in Basa Bali
Learning some Basa Bali (Balinese) will win you friends and also help you travel in Bali. This is especially true when in village areas and talking with old people.
The Balinese use a system of directions which is based on their ancient animist culture. They believe the God live in the mountians, the demons live in the ocean and the people live in between. All Balinese temples are aligned with this in mind. Towards the ocean is kelod, towards […]
With Balinese numbers over 100 you indicate the last 2 digits at the end. There are also some anomalies.
Continuing our little journey into Basa Bali, here are the numbers from 30 to 100
Balinese numbers are related to numbers in Bahasa Indonesia, but have extra complicating factors. In most languages that I’ve seen, once you’ve mastered 1-10, and 11-20, you are home free. Balinese has different names for numbers from 11-30.