Indonesian Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Indonesian Alphabet which is also called Bahasa Indonesia, check our courses about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Indonesian grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Indonesian. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Indonesian Alphabet

Learning the Indonesian alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Indonesian language.

Below is a table showing the Indonesian alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Indonesian AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example
a[a]as in father
b[b]as in bay
c[ʨ]ch as in chay
d[d]as in day
e[ɛ]as in elephant
f[f]as in fine
g[ɡ]as in gold
h[h]as in house
i[i]'ee' as in meat
j[ʥ]as in job
k[k]as in kitchen
l[l]as in life
m[m]as in man
n[n]as in nice
o[o]as in olive
p[p]as in pool
q[k]as in kiss
r[r]as in rice
s[s]as in smile
t[t]as in time
u[u]'oo' as in mood
v[f]f as in free
w[w]as in wind
x[ks]as in wax
y[j]as in year
z[z]as in Zulu
ngengas in hanging
nynyeas in mañana
khkhaas in th German bach
sysyaas in shield
nngnngas in bingo

Indonesian Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Indonesian Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Indonesian. Once you're done with the Bahasa Indonesia alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Indonesian lessons here: Learn Indonesian. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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