kalau

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Belait[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Malay kalau.

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kalau

  1. if

Indonesian[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

kalau

  1. if (supposing that)
  2. (colloquial) when
    • 2018 March 29, “‘’Dulu, Kalau Ada Anak Merokok Ditamplek Mulutnya...’’ [‘’In the Past, If A Child Smokes, His Mouth is Glued...’’]”, in Suara Merdeka[1], archived from the original on 26 October 2018:
      ‘’Saya geli kalau teringat masa sekolah dulu. Saya pernah dihukum oleh Bu Kunti (guru) gara-gara membiarkan teman-teman mbolos sekolah,’’ kata mantan ketua kelas yang kini tinggal di Jl Aster Condongcatur, Yogyakarta itu.
      "I am amused when I recall my time at school. I was once punished by Mrs. Kunti (teacher) for letting my friends ditch school," said the former class leader who now lives in Jl Aster Condongcatur, Yogyakarta.

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Malay[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit काल (kāla, kala) + ‎ لَوْ‎( law).

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Conjunction[edit]

kalau (Jawi spelling کالاو)

  1. if (supposing that)
    • 2016 September 15, Assim Hassan, “Kalau tidak kita, siapa lagi? [If not us, then who?]”, in Sinar Harian[2], archived from the original on 16 Sept 2016:
      Ungkapan panjang, ‘Kalau hendak kenal peribadi bangsa, renunglah pada bahasanya’ kerap kali juga kita dengar sepanjang hidup kita.
      The expression, "If [somebody] wants to get to know the personality of a nation, look at their language," is often heard by us throughout our lives.

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Preposition[edit]

kalau (Jawi spelling کالاو)

  1. (colloquial) as for
    • 2017 June 24, Sim Y. H., “Tidak meriah Hari Raya kalau tidak balik kampung [Hari Raya is not lively if [you] don't go back to hometown]”, in Media Permata[3], archived from the original on Melati Mohd Ariff:
      Kalau yang balik kampung tu, cuba-cubalah simpan jauh-jauh gajet-gajet yang biasanya senantiasa ada di tangan. Banyakkan berbual dengan emak ayah, adik-beradik, sanak saudara dan jiran tetangga.
      As for [those] that go back to their hometown, do try to keep away the gadgets that are usually always with you. Have more conversations with your parents, siblings, relatives and neighbors.

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