Malay Lesson 12 (Verbs and Time)

Duration: 30 mins

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Linguistic Malay Vocabulary
Culture Malay Phrases
Structure Malay Grammar

This is the 12th lesson about Malay verbs, as well as time expressions such as hours, days, and months. Finally some simple common phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Malay Classes.


Before we move on to lessons about the present, past, and future, we need to discuss verbs in general. The verb is the second most used part of speech after the noun. That means we need to pay more attention to its different forms and tenses.

Below is a list of 16 verbs that you might come across or use very often. They are in their raw format (not conjugated yet). The table contains 3 columns (English, Malay, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Verbs List in Malay

Verbs Malay
To driveperlu pandu
To findAkan pandu
To giveAkan memberi
To haveAkan mempunyai
To knowAkan tahu
To learnAkan belajar
To loveAkan mencintai
To playAkan bermain
To readAkan membaca
To seeAkan melihat
To smileAkan senyum
To speakBercakap
To thinkAkan berfikir
To understandAkan memahami
To workAkan bekerja
To writeAkan meulis

Here is an example of the verb "to understand" conjugated into the past, present, and future.

Verb "to understand" in a Sentence

He understands meDia memahami saya
He understood meDia telah memahami saya
He will understand meDia akan memahami saya


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Vocabulary List about Time

Below is a list of 30 words related to time such as hours, days and months. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to discuss time related topics more easily.

Time in Malay

Time Malay
AutumnMusim gugur
WinterMusim sejuk
SpringMusim bunga
SummerMusim panas


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Daily Conversation in Malay

Finally, here are some popular phrases you might need to use daily. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Malay Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Malay

English Malay
I was born in JulySaya dilahirkan dalam bulan Julai
I will visit you in AugustSaya akan melawat kamu dalam bulan Ogos
See you tomorrow!Jumpa kamu esok!
Today is MondayHari ini Isnin
Winter is very cold hereMusim sejuk di sini sangat sejuk
Yesterday was SundaySemalam adalah hari Ahad
Are you married?Adakah awak sudah berkahwin?
I'm singleSaya masih bujang
Would you marry me?Sudikah awak berkahwin dengan saya?
Can I have your phone number?Bolehkah saya dapatkan nombor telefon awak?
Can I have your email?Boleh saya dapatkan emel awak?

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 12th lesson in Malay about verbs, and time. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Malay Lesson 13. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Malay homepage.

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