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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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https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

I just ask my mini-me. :-)

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ScottDunni1

Hahah... I'll pay that :)

November 21, 2018

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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

https://www.duolingo.com/ScottDunni1

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

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasonsudana

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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

Usage example: Tulis -> Menulis (to write)

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

December 15, 2018

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Thank you Jason. That's really helpful

December 31, 2018
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