Ada apa?

Languages always interested me for they reflect the culture from where they sprang out. I’ve been now more than one year living in Indonesia because of my work, and I actually got a grasp on the language.

Anyway, it never ceases to amaze me the whole simplicity of it. Judge by yourselves:

– Ada apa?
– Tidak ada apa apa.
– Tidak apa apa.

That comes to mean:

– What’s wrong?
– Nothing.
– Ok.

You can see that they can make a full conversation out of “ada”, “apa” and “tidak”.

Another example will be “Tuku buku teko toko buku,” that means nothing else that “I buy a book from the bookstore.”

And, of course, Javanese people are just like their language: simple, beautiful and interesting. Don’t you love it?


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