Balinese phrasebook

Balinese is the local language spoken in Bali, Indonesia and rarely in parts of Lombok and East Java.

It is a very tough language for non-Balinese to master, and while related to Indonesian, is not mutually intelligible with it. You are unlikely to need to learn Balinese, as virtually every Balinese speaker is also able to speak Indonesian, and many can even manage some English. That being said, attempting to communicate in Balinese would almost certainly please the locals.

The language has three main registers depending on the status of those speaking:

This phrasebook will cover the low register only as that is the language spoken by the vast majority of Balinese, and the only one likely to be encountered by visitors.

Pronunciation guide


Front Central Back
High (IPA: i) (IPA: u)
Mid (IPA: e) (IPA: ə) (IPA: o)
Low (IPA: a)

The official spelling denotes both (IPA: /a/) and (IPA: /ə/) by a. However, a is usually pronounced (IPA: [ə]) when it ends a word, and (IPA: [ə]) occurs also in prefixes ma-, pa- and da-.


Labial Dental Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive p b t d c ɟ k ɡ
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Fricative s h
Trill r
Lateral l
Approximant w j

Phrase list

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


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Hello. (informal) 
. ( )
How are you? 
(Engken kabare?) (Sapunapi gatra?) (ken ken kabare?)
Fine, thank you. 
. (Iyang becik-becik kewanten.)
What is your name? 
(Sira pesengen ragane?)
My name is ______ 
(Tiang_____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
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. ( )
Thank you. 
. (Matur suksma.)
You're welcome. 
. (suksma mewali )
. (Inggih. Patut.)
. (Tan. Nente)
Excuse me. (getting attention) 
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon) 
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. ( )
. ( )
Goodbye (informal) 
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
(Bapa bisa basa Angrit??)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
? ( ?)
! ( !)
Look out! 
! ( !)
Good morning. 
. (Rahajeng semeng.)
Good afternoon. 
. (Rahajeng sanja.)
Good evening. 
. (Rahajeng peteng.)
Good night. 
. (Rahajeng Wengi.)
Good night (to sleep) 
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
? ( ?)
Where is... ...
(Ring dija?)
What is that?
(Napi punika?)
Are you already married?
(Bapa suba makurenan?)
I just came from Ubud
(Tiang mara teka uli Ubud.)


½ = sathang
0 = kosun
1 = set
2 = duu
3 = tigi
4 = empaat
5 = lina
6 = enem
7 = tujeh
8 = lapane
9 = bilane
10 = pulah
11 = belasuh
12 = duu belasuh
13 = tigu belasuh
14 = empaatu belasuh
15 = linu belasuh
20 = duu phulah
21 = duu phulahu set
30 = tigi phulah
40 = empaat phulah
50 = lina phulah
100 = raatus
200 = duu rahatus
1000 = riba
2000 = duu rhiba
10000 = pulah rhiba



Sunday: Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday:


I want to go to airport. (Tiang lakar ka airport.)


Restaurant (')
Have you eaten (polite) 
Sampun ngajeng?
Which dishes are they?  
Ajengan napi sane wenten?
Do you have native Balinese dishes? 
Ada ajengan Bali ane tulen?
Do you have pineapple?  
Wenten manas?


Digek - pretty


How much is this/that ? (Ajikuda niki/nika?)

Learning more

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