Malay Lesson 5 (Feminine and Clothes)

Duration: 30 mins

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The 5th Malay lesson teaches the use of the gender by creating the feminine from the masculine form. In addition to that, I included a vocabulary list about clothes and finally common phrases about origins. 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 derive the feminine from the masculine form is very useful. It can make it easy to have a conversation about family members, pets, or professions. An example would be: "man", "woman", "Cat (fem.)", "cat (masc.)" etc.

Below is a list of 12 masculine and feminine forms that 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.

Masculine vs. Feminine in Malay

Feminine Malay
Boybudak lelaki
Girlbudak perempuan
BrotherAbang/adik lelaki
SisterKakak/adik perempuan
ActressPelakon perempuan
Cat (Masc.)Kucing jantan
Cat (Fem.)Kucing betina

Now we will try to implement some of the forms above into full Malay sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Malay Gender in a Sentence

English Malay
He is tallDia tinggi
She is tallDia tinggi
He is a short manDia adalah seorang lelaki yang rendah
She is a short womanDia adalah seorang wanita yang rendah
He is GermanDia adalah lelaki German
She is GermanDia adalah wanita German
Japanese men are friendlyLelaki Jepun adalah lelaki peramah
Japanese women are friendlyWanita Jepun adalah wanita peramah


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Vocabulary List about Clothes

Below is a list of 20 words related to clothes and wearable accessories. Memorizing them by heart can make it easy for you to shop for clothes and maybe get some good bargains.

Clothes List in Malay

Clothes Malay
BeltTali pinggang
GlassesCermin mata
GlovesSarung tangan
Pants (Trousers)Seluar
SweaterBaju panas
TieTali leher
UnderwearPakaian dalam
WatchJam tangan


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Daily Conversation in Malay

Finally, these are a couple of phrases used in conversations to express where you are from or where you live etc. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Malay Phrases page.

Common Expressions in Malay

Do you like my dress?Kamu suka baju saya?
I lost my socksSaya hilang stokin saya
It looks good on youNampak cantik kamu pakai
She has a beautiful ringDia mempunyai cincin yang cantik
These pants (trousers) are longSeluar ini panjang
These shoes are smallKasut-kasut ini kecil
Where are you from?Anda berasal dari mana?
I'm from the U.SSaya berasal dari Amerika / A.S
I'm AmericanSaya berbangsa Amerika
Where do you live?Dimana awak tinggal?
I live in the U.SSaya tinggal di A.S
Do you like it here?Adakah anda menyukai tempat ini?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: It has been estimated that the number of actively spoken languages in the world today is about 6,000..

Congratulations! You finished your 5th lesson in Malay about masculine, feminine, and clothes. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Malay Lesson 6. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Malay homepage.

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