Past Tense

Malay Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Malay. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic 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.


The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Malay

Past Malay
I saw youSaya telah nampak awak
I wrote with a penSaya telah menulis dengan pen
You loved applesDulu awak gemar makan epal
You gave moneyAwak telah memberi wang
You played tennisAwak telah bermain tenis
He read (past tense) a bookDia telah membaca buku
He understood meDia telah memahami saya
She had a catDia dulu ada kucing
She knew my friendDia telah kenal kawan saya
We wanted to learnKami pernah ingin belajar
We thought Spanish is easyKami sangka bahasa Sepanyol mudah
You (plural) worked hereKamu telah bekerja disini
You (plural) spoke FrenchKamu telah berbahasa Perancis
They drove a carMereka telah memandu kereta
They smiledMereka telah senyum


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List of Colors in Malay

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Malay

Colors Malay
Dark colorWarna gelap
Light colorWarna lembut


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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

English Malay
Black is his favorite colorHitam adalah warna kegemarannya
I have black hairSaya ada rambut hitam
Red is not his favorite colorMerah bukan warna kegemarannya
She drives a yellow carDia memandu kereta kuning
The sky is blueLangit yang biru
Your cat is whiteKucing anda putih
I enjoyed myself very muchSaya sangat gembira
I agree with youSaya setuju dengan awak
Are you sure?Adakah anda pasti?
Be careful!Berhati-hati
Would you like to go for a walk?Nak pergi jalan-jalan?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Malay about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Malay Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Malay homepage.

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Linguistic Malay Vocabulary
Culture Malay Phrases
Structure Malay Grammar