Happy Birthday Nani dan Retno, Wait Your Party – sebuah dialog happy birthday party (ucapan selamat ulang tahun). semoga contoh dialog ini bermanfaat yah!

Useful expressions

  • Please take a seat. Untuk maksud yang sama dapat kita katakan: please sit down, please have a seat, please be seated (formal).
  • Help yourself to food and drink. Untuk maksud yang sama dapat kita katakan: they help themselves to food, I help myself to drink, take the food and drinks, please.
  • It’s not the usual practice. Untuk maksud yang sama dapat kita katakan: it’s not considered usual
  • Cathy, retno and the other guests stand up. Untuk maksud yang sama dapat kita katakan: cathy, retno and the guests get up, cathy, retno and the guests rise (formal)
  • Do people usually throw a big birthday party? (informal). Untuk maksud yang sama dapat kita katakan: do people usually give a big birthday party?, do people usually hold a big birthday party?
  • Some people prefer celebrating their birthday quietly. Untuk maksud yang sama dapat kita katakan: some people prefer celebrating their birthday without a big party, some people prefer something a little smaller

Baca juga: Kirim Mail Ke Post Office, Beri Ungkapan Ini

Dialogue cathy been in Jakarta only for a short time. She is going with her friend, retno to birthday party at nani’s house. Cathy is congratulating nani

C = cathy

N = nani

R = retno

C = happy birthday nani. Many happy returns. (she kisses nani on both cheeks and gives her a birthday present)

N = thank you. Cathy, thank you. It’s nice of you to come. Please take a seat and help yourself to food and drink

(while eating and drinking, cathy is talking with retno)

C = in Indonesia you don’t unwarp your birthday gifts during the party, do you?

R =  no, it’s the usual practice. We are usually reserved people, you know. Look! Nani is going to cut the birthday cake.

(cathy, retno and the other guests stand up and sing “happy birthday”. They clap tgeir hands and nani blows the candles and cuts the cake. Then, everyone sits down again)

C = nani didn’t make a wish before she blew the candles, did she?

R = no, that’s not our custom, but people are doing more and more these days

(a member of nani’s family gives each of them a piece of birthday cake)

C = do people usually throw a big birthday party like this?

R = of course not everyone does. Some people prefer celebrating their birthday quietly among their family, either at home or at a restaurant

(the noise and chatter of the guests drowns their conversation)

Wordlist (daftar kata)

  • Blows = meniup
  • Celebrating = merayakan
  • Chatter = ocehan
  • Clap = bertepuk tangan
  • Congratulating = member selamat
  • Considered = dianggap
  • Drowns = menenggelamkan
  • Many happy returns = semoga selalu bahagia
  • Prefer =lebih suka
  • Present = hadiah
  • Quietly = tanpa ramai-ramai
  • Reserved = tertutup
  • Throw a party = mengadakan pesta
  • Wish = keinginan

Note (catatan)

  • Pola: congratulate + someone + on + something. Contoh: cathy is congratulating nani (on her birthday)
  • Many happy returns. Lengkapnya adalah many happy returns of the day (khusus dipakai untuk ulang tahun seseorang)
  • Nice of. Kind and good dapat menggunakan pola yang sama. Contoh: it is nice/kind/good of you to come, you are nice because you come
  • Every dan each. Every digunakan bila si pembicara menekankan keseluruhan dari suatu jumlah sedangkan each digunakan bila si pembicara menekankan individu per individu
  • Prefer celebrating. Pola: prefer + doing (untuk menyatakan kebiasaan), prefer + to do (untuk suatu waktu tertentu saja). Contoh: she prefers celebrating her birthday quietly, she prefers to celebrate her 17th birthday merrily
  • Jangan dirancukan among (diantara lebih dari dua orang) dengan between (diantara dua orang0
  • Family hanya terdiri atas suami, istri dan anak-anak mereka. Jangan dirancukan dengan relatives (sanak saudara/family)

Exercise (latihan): terjemahkan kalimat-kalimat dibawah ini ke dalam bahasa inggris

  1. Jika seseorang member selamat kepada anda, anda sepatutnya mengucapkan terima kasih
  2. Bagaimana anda biasanya merayakan ulang tahun anda?
  3. Hadiah-hadiah ulang tahun biasanya dibuka setelah para tamu pulang
  4. Semua tamu mengambil sendiri makanan dan minuman diatas meja
  5. Setelah lilin-lilin ditiup. Semua tamu bertepuk tangan

Sumber: Conversations for everyday situations, Lie Hua, B. Satyawijaya, Kesaint Blanc. 1997

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