Me- words (1+2) are killing me

This seems to be the hardest area for me to remember so far. I make up little mnemonics but there's so many me- words....

Has anyone got any great tips or stories to share that helped them learn this??

November 20, 2018


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I just ask my mini-me. :-)

November 20, 2018

Hahah... I'll pay that :)

November 21, 2018

Indonesian is all about the root words , then you add the front and back..and if you are in the country and talking you actually drop the me part... informative but not really helpful

November 22, 2018

This makes sense. I think in this course I'm learning the me- word a lot of the time before the root word, which for me makes it hard to retain.

November 23, 2018

Let me try.

The Me- prefix is used to denote an action. Literally to make the word "alive". The Me- prefix conjugates differently depending on the starting of the verb.


Verb that starts with S

Verb that starts with S, when conjugated with the Me- prefix, produces "Meny-". A bad mnemonic I created "If you sleep (s), nanny(n) will yell (y) at you."

Example of usage: Simpan -> Menyimpan. (to store/save)


Verbs that start with g, k and vowels, when conjugated with the Me- prefix, will produce "Meng-" (the G stays, however). Another bad mnemonic: "Gevok (G, K, and vowels), Nancy(n) gave(g) this."

Usage example: Ambil -> Mengambil (to take/grab)


Verbs that start with b will conjugate into "Mem-" (but the "B" is still there!). Let me work on my imagination: "Budi(b), make(m) some books(b)."

Usage example: Baca -> Membaca (to read)


Verbs that start with t will conjugate and produce "Men-". To remember: "Tim(t) is noisy (n)."

Usage example: Tulis -> Menulis (to write)


I'm not sure if I have covered all, so reply me if I missed something.

December 15, 2018

Thank you Jason. That's really helpful

December 31, 2018
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