Personal Pronouns

Jul 10th, 2006, in Society, by

The pronouns of bahasa Indonesia, both standard Indonesian language forms and slang and colloquial forms particularly as used in Javanese areas of the country.

These apply to both subject and object.

I, Me

  • Saya (standard)
  • Aku, Ku (familiar, Javanese-Indonesian)
  • Gua, Gue, Gw (slang, Hokkien, Jakarta)

We, Us

  • Kami (exclusive)
  • Kita (inclusive)


  • Anda (standard/formal)
  • Kamu (familiar)
  • (Eng)kau (intimate)
  • (Ba)pak (literally “father”)
  • (I)bu (literally “mother”)
  • Mas (literally “brother”)
  • Mbak (literally “sister”)
  • Kowe (intimate, Javanese)
  • Sampeyan (respectful, Javanese)
  • Panjenengan (highly respectful, Javanese)
  • Coen (highly familiar, slang, Javanese, East Java)
  • Lu or Lo or Elu or Elo (slang, Hokkien, Jakarta)
  • You (neutral)

You (Plural)

  • (Anda) (se)Kalian

He, Him – She, Her – It

  • Dia, Ia (standard)
  • Beliau (formal)

They, Them

  • Mereka

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2 Comments on “Personal Pronouns”

  1. Tareq says:

    I would like to thank you for this helpful webpage that helped me in preparing myself for dealing with some Indonesian person who don’t know English.


  2. Arema says:

    Patung, why you spell “koen” as “coen”? As far as I know, it’s never pronounced with a “c” but always with “k”. And sometimes the short / fast form is “kon”.

    Maybe since it covers Jawa, you should include aye, ogut, etc.

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