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Five Minutes…

 

Before we discuss about “Five Minutes…”, I would like to share you a story.

The story is about a staff who still had not come, while the boss was waiting him to the meeting. The boss was getting worry, and he called the staff, Andy.

Boss:  Andy, where are you? The meeting is about to begin.

Andy: Yes, Sir. I’m still on the way. It was a car accident on my way to the office, and it caused traffic jam.

Boss: Have you prepared the material for this meeting?

Andy: I have prepared it, Sir.

Boss: Okay, what time will you be here?

Andy: Five minutes again, Sir.

Boss: Okay, thank you.

Andy: Thank you, Sir.

 

Most Indonesian often translates lima menit lagi to “five minutes again” or “five minutes more”. But, it is confusing in English.

Song title Lima Menit Lagi sung by Ine Sinthya

What is the common phrase for lima menit lagi in English?

The common phrase of lima menit lagi is “in five minutes”.

Example:

I will be ready in five minutes.
Saya sudah siap lima menit lagi.

I will going down in five minutes.
Lima menit lagi saya akan turun.

Can I use the phrase “Five Minutes Later”?

No, you could not. It means lima menit kemudian in Bahasa Indonesia.

Vocabularies:

about to begin
hampir mulai

accident
kecelakaan

boss
atasan

call
menghubungi, memanggil, menelepon

cause
menimbulkan

getting worry
menjadi resah

have prepared
sudah menyiapkan

material
bahan

meeting
rapat

on the way
dalam perjalanan

staff
pelaksana

still had not
belum

traffic jam
macet

while
sementara

How if I want to say other than “five”?

Yes. You could say, in 7 minutes, in 20 minutes, in a week, in 2 months, in 5 years.

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