i am fine, thank you

What is baik? It is one of the first few words that you will get familiar with when you’re starting to learn Bahasa Indonesia. The Indonesian language has no specific equivalent to our “hello”, but often, the greeting Apa kabar? or “What’s news?” will be used. So when someone asks you Apa kabar? or the Indonesian equivalent of “How are you?”, you can respond with Kabar baik or simply baik. Note that the “k” is almost silent, so you essentially pronounce it “Bi”.

By the way, a better response would be Baik baik saja, terima kasih or “I’m just fine, thank you”.

There are many other ways baik is used in everyday conversations in Indonesia. Here is an excellent list of commonly used words.


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