How To Write The Date In Indonesian

If you’re endeavoring to master the Indonesian date format, you’ve come to the right place.
April 16, 2019
How To Write The Date In Indonesian

Whether you’re studying Indonesian or just dropping by for a visit to Jakarta, you’ll probably find yourself at an impasse pretty quickly if you don’t know how to orient yourself in time. With a few vocabulary terms, a decent grasp on Indonesian numbers, and an understanding of how the Indonesian date format works, you’ll be well-equipped to make plans for the future or talk about things that happened in the past.

Below, you’ll find a simple vocabulary and pronunciation guide for Indonesian weekdays and months, as well as a quick primer on how to talk about the date in Indonesian.

Days Of The Week In Indonesian

Quick grammatical note: to say that something happens “on Monday,” you would simply say “pada hari Senin.”

Monday — hari Senin

Tuesday — hari Selasa

Wednesday — hari Rabu

Thursday — hari Kamis

Friday — hari Jumat

Saturday — hari Sabtu

Sunday — hari Minggu

Months Of The Year In Indonesian

Recognize a few of these? The names of the months in Indonesian come from Latin, so they won’t be too hard for an English speaker to figure out.

January — Januari

February — Februari

March — Maret

April — April

May — Mei

June — Juni

July — Juli

August — Agustus

September — September

October — Oktober

November — November

December — Desember

The Indonesian Date Format

When you want to properly express the date in Indonesian, you use the following formula: tanggal + number + bulan + name of the month.

So for example, if you wanted to say “today is March 15th,” this would translate to Hari ini tanggal lima belas bulan Maret.

To add the year, you would tack on “tahun” and the year. So “I was born on August 4th, 1996” would become “Saya lahir pada tanggal 4 bulan Agustus tahun 1996.”

However, take note: this is a very formal way to express the Indonesian date format. In everyday speech, “pada,” “tanggal,” “bulan,” and “tahun” are all left out.

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Steph is a writer, lindy hopper, and astrologer. She’s also a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. She has mostly proved herself as a New Yorker, and she can introduce herself in Swedish thanks to Babbel. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts.

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