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Indonesian Pronouns

Throughout the first couple of lessons, it does nothing to explain all the different pronouns. Does anyone have a list I could look at?

August 16, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/RobertStitson

Saya - I (formal) Aku - I (informal) Anda - you (formal) Kamu - you (informal) Dia - he/she/it Kita - we (inclusive) Kami - we (exclusive) Mereka - they Kalian - you (collective)

For formal possessives just add saya, anda etc after the noun. For informal use -ku (my), -mu (yours). For his, her and its use -nya. Buku saya. Bukuku. (My book.) Rumah anda. Rumahmu. (Your house) Topinya. (his/her/its hat)

There are others (mostly derived from slang or local languages) but those the most common and the only ones I use.

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rick392366

There is a list of the personal pronouns in the "Tips & notes" of the skill "Basics 2".

https://www.duolingo.com/skill/id/Basics-2/tips-and-notes

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/steffinitely

I have heard that using "kamu" is rude and to avoid using it in conversation. Any truth to this?

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lezuardi

In a formal setting, yes.

To a person quite older than you, yes.

To your boss, teacher, and colleague (unless the colleague is your friend you've known years ago), yes.

To a total stranger, yes.

To a friend in Jakarta, yes. (In Jakarta aku/kamu is usually only used to boyfriend or girlfriend)

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/steffinitely

Thanks for this! It's good to have some context.

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lockers001

It might be seen as rude if spoken by a local or someone fluent, but nearly every Indonesian person I have spoken to is so pleased to have a foreigner just trying to speak their language will earn you huge respect and grace. They love it that you try ... and usually, unless a close friend, would not try to correct you.

August 17, 2018
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