Malay Lesson 3 (Plural and Languages)

Duration: 30 mins

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The 3rd lesson is about the plural in Malay and how to create it from the singular form. In addition, I will include a list of vocabulary about languages, nationalities, and countries. Finally, you will find some common everyday sentences. 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.


Knowing how to create the plural from the singular word can double the vocabulary you already know. It can make it easy to have a conversation about different topics by simply knowing some grammatical rules. For example how to change the word "book" to "books" or "woman" to "women".

Below is a list of singular words and their plural equivalent. I included examples about nature as well as about humans. 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.

Singular vs. Plural in Malay

English Malay
BoyBudak lelaki
BoysBudak-budak lelaki
GirlBudak perempuan
GirlsBudak-budak perempuan

Now we will try to implement some of the words above into full Malay sentences. That way you will be able to see how both forms are used when embedded in a structure.

Singular vs. Plural in a Sentence

English Malay
We speak two languagesKami berbahasa dalam dua bahasa
They speak four languagesMereka boleh berbahasa dalam empat bahasa
I visited one countrySaya telah melawat sebuah negara
She visited three countriesDia telah melawat tiga buah negara
She has one sisterDia ada seorang adik-beradik perempuan
He has two sistersDia ada dua adik-beradik perempuan


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Vocabulary List about Languages, Nationalities, and Countries

Below is a list of 50 words related to languages, nationalities, and countries. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to have a good conversation about how many languages you speak or where you came from.

Languages Nationalities and Countries List in Malay

English Malay
Arabic (language)Bahasa Arab
Moroccan (nationality)Bangsa Maghribi
Morocco (country)Maghribi
Brazilian (language)Bahasa Brazil
Brazilian (nationality)Bangsa Brazil
Brazil (country)Brazil
Chinese (language)Bahasa Cina
Chinese (nationality)Bangsa Cina
China (country)China
English (language)Malay
British (nationality)Bangsa Britain
Britain (country)Britain
American (nationality)Bangsa Amerika
America (country)Amerika
French (language)Bahasa Perancis
French (nationality)Bangsa Perancis
France (country)Perancis
German (language)Bahasa Jerman
German (nationality)Bangsa Jerman
Germany (country)Jerman
Greek (language)Bahasa Greek
Greek (nationality)Bangsa Yunani
Greece (country)Greek
Hindi (language)Bahasa India
Indian (nationality)Bangsa India
India (country)India
Irish (language)Bahasa Inggeris (Orang Ireland)
Irish (nationality)Bangsa Ireland
Ireland (country)Ireland
Italian (language)Bahasa Itali
Italian (nationality)Bangsa Itali
Italy (country)Itali
Japanese (language)Bahasa Jepun
Japanese (nationality)Bangsa Jepun
Japan (country)Jepun
Korean (language)Bahasa Korea
Korean (nationality)Bangsa Korea
Korea (country)Korea
Persian (language)Bahasa Parsi
Iranian (nationality)Bangsa Iran
Iran (country)Iran
Portuguese (language)Bahasa Portugis
Portuguese (nationality)Bangsa Portugis
Portugal (country)Portugal
Russian (language)Bahasa Rusia
Russian (nationality)Bangsa Rusia
Russia (country)Rusia
Spanish (language)Bahasa Sepanyol
Spanish (nationality)Bangsa Sepanyol
Spain (country)Sepanyol


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Daily Conversation in Malay

Finally, a list of sentences about languages, nationalities, and countries plus some bonus phrases. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Malay Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Malay

English Malay
I don't speak KoreanSaya tidak pandai berbahasa Korea
I love the Japanese languageSaya menyukai bahasa Jepun
I speak ItalianSaya boleh berbahasa Itali
I want to learn SpanishSaya ingin belajar bahasa Sepanyol
My mother tongue is GermanBahasa ibunda saya adalah bahasa Jerman
Spanish is easy to learnBahasa Sepanyol senang dipelajari
He has a Moroccan rugDia mempunyai kain kasar buatan Maghribi
I have an American carSaya mempunyai kereta buatan Amerika
I love French cheeseSaya gemar makan keju Perancis
I'm ItalianSaya berbangsa Itali
My father is GreekBapa saya berbangsa Yunani
My wife is KoreanIsteri saya berbangsa Korea
Have you ever been to India?Pernahkah anda ke India?
I came from SpainSaya datang dari Sepanyol
I live in AmericaSaya tinggal di Amerika
I want to go to GermanySaya ingin pergi ke Jerman
I was born in ItalySaya dilahirkan di Itali
Japan is a beautiful countryJepun merupakan sebuah negara yang cantik
Long time no seeLama tidak berjumpa
I missed youSaya rindukan kamu
What's new?Apa perkara terbaru?
Nothing newTiada apa-apa yang baru
Make yourself at home!Berehat agar selesa
Have a good tripSelamat jalan

Fun Facts

Language Quote that by simply knowing how to form the plural, you can double the number of nouns in your vocabulary, without having to memorize all the plural form.

Congratulations! You finished your third lesson in Malay about singular, plural, languages, nationalities, and countries. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Malay Lesson 4. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Malay homepage.

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