Based on what I've been reading, it seems that the proper way to say something like "he told me" is "dia mengatakan kepada saya". I can't imagine, though, that most native speakers say that mouthful everytime, so I am curious what the most common ways to say this are in Indonesian. I know there are other words like "bilang", menciritakan, etc., but what are the most common ways in every day speech?
In Jakarta they would say
Dia bilang sama saya/aku (formal)
Dia bilang ke gue (popular daily slang)