Present Tense

Malay Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Malay. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. 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.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. 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.

Present Tense in Malay

Present Malay
I see youSaya jumpa awak
I write with a penSaya tulis dengan pen
You love applesAwak suka epal
You give moneyAwak beri duit
You play tennisAwak main tenis
He reads a bookDia baca sebuah buku
He understands meDia memahami saya
She has a catDia ada kucing
She knows my friendDia kenal kawan saya
We want to learnKami hendak belajar
We think Spanish is easyKami ingat Bahasa Sepanyol senang
You (plural) work hereAwak kerja disini
You (plural) speak FrenchAwak berbahasa Perancis
They drive a carMereka memandu kereta
They smileMereka senyum


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Malay

HeadacheSakit kepala
Heart attackSerangan sakit Jantung
Help meTolong saya
Stomach acheSakit perut


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Daily Conversation in Malay

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Malay Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Malay

Are you okay?Bagaimana keadaan anda?
Call a doctor!Dapatkan doktor segera!
Call the ambulance!Panggil ambulans!
Call the police!Panggilkan polis segera!
Calm down!Harap bertenang!
I feel sickSaya berasa tidak sihat
It hurts hereSaya berasa sakit di tempat ini
It's urgent!Ianya penting!
Where is the closest pharmacy?Di manakah farmasi terdekat?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Awak cantik
You have a beautiful nameNama awak cantik
This is my wifeIni isteri saya
This is my husbandIni suami saya

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Malay about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Malay Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Malay homepage.

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