sixret wrote:'tidak apa'!
I was shocked when I read it last Wednesday! I could understand it very well but I am not sure whether the rest of the forumites will understand the phrase.
When I went to Indonesia they had only just started accepting visitors in the country for the first time, and particularly in Sumatra almost nobody spoke any English, so I had to do a crash course in the language before I went. I thought 'tidak apa' was a wonderful expression and I heard it used frequently, normally when something went horribly wrong - a rickshaw driver crashing into something would just smile and say 'tidak apa!' - normally meaning 'not to worry' or 'never mind'. I believe it can be used in several different contexts, but I loved the expression and still use it today! My grandmother lived in what was then North Borneo for many years and she often used to use Malay expressions - especially when she didn't want us children to understand!