Indonesian Tongue Twisters

Original: Buaya, biawak, buaian, Buaya, biawak, buaian, Buaya, biawak, buaian, …
English: Crocodile, lizard, swing/craddle, …
Original: Dudung, ambilkan dandang di dinding dong, Dung!
English: Dudung, please get me the dandang (Indonesian traditional rice cooker) that is hanging on the wall.
Original: Jangan coba-coba cium cucu-cucuku kalau cuma mau cium cucu-cucuku cuma-cuma.
English: Don't try to kiss my grandchildren for free.
Original: Partai-partai perempuan berpertemuan di dekat perempatan Prembun.
English: Those women's parties have meeting near the crossroads of Prembun.
Original: Rika tarik-tarik rok Rina dan Rina tarik-tarik rok Rika. Rok Rika robek-robek dan rusak dan Rok Rina rusak-rusak dan robek.
English: Rika pulls Rina's skirt and so does Rina. Rika's skirt is torn and so is Rina's.
Original: Santapan kita setiap jam setengah satu siang satu soto sapi sama seratus tusuk sate sapi pula.
English: Our meal every 12.30 in the afternoon is one 'soto' and one hundred of sates.
Original: Saya sebal sama situ sebab situ suka senyum-senyum sama suami saya sehingga suami saya suka senyum-senyum sendiri saja.
English: I don't like you because you like to smile at my husband, so my husband like to smile by himself.
Original: Sempat-sempatnya semut-semut itu saling senyum-senyum dan salam-salaman sama semut-semut yang mau senyum-senyum dan salam-salaman sama semut-semut itu.
English: How come those ants keep smiling and shaking hand with those willing to smile and shake hands with them.
Original: Tiba-tiba, Si Botak batuk-batuk di atas batu bata.
English: Suddenly 'si Botak' cough on the bricks.
Original: Toko-toko di kota kita tutup ketika kita tetap buka toko kita.
English: The shops in our town were closed when we still opened ours.
Original: kakaktua kakak kakekku kenal kakaktua kakak kakekmu
English: my granpa's older brother's parrot know your granpa's older brother's parrot
Original: Anjing bawa paku, anjing bawa paku, anjing bawa paku
English: Dog brings nail.
Original: Satu ribu, dua biru, tiga ribu, empat biru, lima ribu, enam biru, tujuh ribu, delapan biru, sembilan ribu, sepuluh biru, ... (terus sebanyak-banyaknya)
English: One thousands, two blue, three thousands, four blue, five thousands, six blue, seven thousands, eight blue, nine thousands, ten blue, ... (keep going)
Original: Kepala, kelapa, kepala, kelapa, kepala, kelapa, …
English: head, coconut, …
Original: Harta Harto, Harta Harto, Harta Harto, ......
English: Harto's wealth
Original: Keledai makan kedelai di kedai.
English: The donkey is eating the soybean at the stall.
Original: Ular lari lurus.
English: The snake slithers straight.
Original: The snake slithers straight.
English: My sisters' toenails look like my grandfathers'.
Original: Ular melingkar di pagar.
English: The snake coils around the fence.
Original: Kutuku butuh tubuhku, tapi tubuhku tak butuh kutuku.
English: My lice need my body, but my body doesn't need my lice.
Original: Engkau ulung guling ulang ulas suling.
English: You are skilled at rerolling flute sheathes.
Original: Kuku kaki kakekku kaku.
English: nail toe grandfather-my stiff. 'My grandfather's toenail is stiff.'
Original: Kuku kaki kakek koki kakakku agak kaku.
English: My brother's cook's grandfather's toenail is rather stiff.
Original: Saya suka sama suami situ sebab suami situ suka senyum-senyum sama saya.
English: I like your husband because your husband always smiles at me.
Original: Pelopor tua pula bakal lapar apabila lupa bawa buah pala.
English: The old pioneer is sure to become hungry if he forgets to bring nutmeg fruits.
Original: Katak tergeletak di dalam kotak.
English: The frog lies in the box.
Original: satu sate tujuh tusuk, satu sate tujuh tusuk, ... (sebanyak-banyaknya)
English: one satay seven sticks, one satay seven sticks, one satay seven sticks, ... (keep going)
Original: Tentara Timur Tengah tembak-tembakan; tett tet tet tettt tet tet tett tet tet tettt tet tet tett tet tet tettt tet tet …
English: The Middle East Troops are shooting; tett tet tet tettt tet tet tett tet tet tettt tet tet tett tet tet tettt tet tet …
Original: ular melingkar-lingkar di pinggir pagar
English: The snake coils up at the edge of the fence.
Original: kucing kuningku kencing di kunci-kunciku
English: my yellow cat pees on my keys
Original: Bang Anang, lagi ngapain Bang Ngarbi berangkat ke Nganjuk, ngomel-ngomel ngkali!
English: Brother Anang, why should Brother Ngarbi be leaving for Nganjuk (a small town in east Java), I'll bet he's got something to grumble about!
Original: kuaci, kacang, kecoa, kuaci, kacang, kecoa, …
English: kuaci (a name of snack), nut, cockroach
Original: Kuku kaki kakakku kaku kena paku.
English: My big sister/brother's toe nail is stiff because of a pin.
Original: Cakwe, kecoa, kwaci
English: Cake, Cockroaches, Chips
Original: kucing kuning kencing, kucing kuning kencing, …
English: kucing=cat, kuning=yellow, kencing=pee, …
Original: tongkat kontak tongkol, tongkat kontak tongkol, …
English: stick, contact, tongkol=some kind of fish, …
Original: kecoa kuaci cakueh, kecoa kuaci cakueh, kecoa kuaci cakueh, …
English: cockroach, sunflowerseed, cakueh (indonesian snack), …
Original: Kelapa diparut, kepala digaruk, Kelapa diparut, kepala digaruk, Kelapa diparut, kepala digaruk, …
English: Coconut being grated, head being scratched, coconut being grated, head being scratched, coconut being grated, head being scratched, …
Original: Boli bolak-balik beli bola bulat
English: Boli (runs) back and forth and buys a round ball.