"Salam."

Translation:Greetings.

August 30, 2018

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duolingotfek

Honestly, when meeting someone, nobody will use 'Salam'.

When meeting someone, just stick with "Apa kabar".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angela927992

Salam is a common way to sign off a letter etc. I would translate it as "regards"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flannery65

This feels Islamic. Is it common in general Indonesian?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joeHF

Yes, it's from Islamic Arabic. There's a bunch of Bahasa phrases that came by that route - including the more complete Asalamualaikum, the reply Walaikumsalam, and Inshallah (god willing). (not sure on the spellings here)

I guess being something like 80% Muslim-majority, it's not really surprising some Islamic phrases get adopted into the general language. English has done the same with a bunch of Christianity-derived phrases - things like "Bless you" as the response to a sneeze.

Just like the "bless you" case, the use in Bahasa seems to have diverged a bit from the the strict Islamic interpretation, and can be used by non-Muslims.

Especially for "inshallah", it's diverged quite a bit, and has become almost a way to politely dismiss an obligation:

"Will you come back (next week, etc)?" "Inshallah"

Literally meaning- "if god wills" But more colloquially; it's more of a "I might, but won't make a commitment to it" - or even "probably not"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1CN5ijzC

it's neutral, but it's rarely used (or at least for me)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bev425285

So its like ada halangan when you missed being somewhere?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Indo-Nihon

DID SOMEONE SAY ISLAMIC


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jun-Dai

What's the difference between greetings and hello? Why doesn't it accept both?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dogidork

no one uses salam for greetings... even most muslim in Indonesia never uses it. I never heard anyone using that, it's usually just assalamualaikum.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/caesar_solid

welcome should be accepted here imo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roundtheworld159

Why are the two options both "salam"?

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