Malay (Bahasa Melayu)

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Why learn Malay?

You can communicate in Malay. Understanding Malay enhances your opportunities in government, business, medicine, law, technology, military, industry, marketing, etc. Aquiring a second language can improve your skills and grades in math and English. Malay study leads to an appreciation of cultural diversity.

How Long Does it Take to Learn Malay?

Malay is rated as a category 2 language by the Foreign Service Institute. It is considered moderately easy for English speakers to learn and takes an average of 36 weeks (or 900 class hours) to gain professional working proficiency.

Malay Alphabet & Pronunciation

A a
(e)
B b
(bi)
C c
(si)
D d
(di)
E e
(i)
F f
(ef)
G g
(ji)
H h
(hec)
I i
(ai)
J j
(je)
K k
(ke)
L l
(el)
M m
(em)
N n
(en)
O o
(ou)
P p
(pi)
Q q
(kiu)
R r
(ar)
S s
(es)
T t
(ti)
U u
(yu)
V v
(vi)
W w
(dabel yu)
X x
(eks)
Y y
(wai)
Z z
(zed)

Basic Phrases in Malay

HelloHelo
GoodbyeSelamat tinggal
YesYa
NoTidak
Excuse meMaafkan saya
PleaseSila
Thank youTerima kasih
You are welcomeSama-sama
Do you speak englishAdakah anda bercakap bahasa Inggeris?
Do you understandAdakah anda faham?
I understandSaya faham
I do not understandSaya tidak faham
How are youApa khabar?
Fine thanksBaik, terima kasih!
What is your nameApa nama awak?
My name isNama saya ialah
Pleased to meet youSenang bertemu dengan awak

Malay Grammar

Malay Nouns

ManLelaki
WomanWanita
BoyBudak lelaki ( )
GirlSeorang budak perempuan
CatKucing
DogAnjing
FishIkan
WaterAir
MilkSusu
EggTelur
HouseRumah
FlowerBunga
TreePokok
ShirtBaju
PantsSeluar

Malay Adjectives

Colors in Malay

BlackHitam
WhitePutih
RedMerah
OrangeOren
YellowKuning
GreenHijau
BlueBiru
PurpleUngu
PinkMerah jambu
GrayKelabu
BrownCoklat

Numbers in Malay

ZeroSifar
OneSatu
TwoDua
ThreeTiga
FourEmpat
FiveLima
SixEnam
SevenTujuh
EightLapan
NineSembilan
TenSepuluh
ElevenSebelas
TwelveDua belas
TwentyDua puluh
ThirtyTiga puluh
FortyEmpat puluh
FiftyLima puluh
SixtyEnam puluh
SeventyTujuh puluh
EightyLapan puluh tahun
NinetySembilan puluh
HundredRatus
ThousandRibu

Malay Verbs

To beAkan menjadi
To haveMempunyai
To wantMahu
To needMemerlukan
To helpUntuk membantu
To goUntuk pergi
To comeUntuk datang
To eatUntuk makan
To drinkUntuk minum
To speakUntuk bercakap

Building Simple Sentences

More Complex Malay Sentences

AndDan
OrAtau
ButTetapi
BecauseKerana
WithDengan
AlsoJuga
HoweverWalau bagaimanapun
NeitherTidak
NorTidak
IfJika
ThenKemudian

Useful Malay Vocabulary

Malay Questions

WhoYang
WhatApa
WhenBila
WhereDi mana
WhyKenapa
HowBagaimana
How manyBerapa banyak
How muchBerapa banyak

Days of the Week in Malay

MondayIsnin
TuesdayMasanya
WednesdayRabu
ThursdayKhamis
FridayJumaat
SaturdaySabtu
SundayAhad
YesterdaySemalam
TodayHari ini
TomorrowEsok

Months in Malay

JanuaryJanuari
FebruaryFebruari
MarchMac
AprilApril
MayMungkin
JuneJun
JulyJulai
AugustOgos
SeptemberSeptember
OctoberOktober
NovemberNovember
DecemberDisember

Seasons in Malay

WinterMusim sejuk
SpringMusim bunga
SummerMusim panas
AutumnMusim luruh

Telling Time in Malay

What time is itApa masa itu?
HoursJam
MinutesMinit
SecondsSaat
O clockJam
HalfSeparuh
Quarter pastSuku lalu
BeforeSebelum ini
AfterSelepas