Malay Lesson 7 (Negation and Human Body)

Duration: 30 mins

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Lesson number 7 teaches an important aspect in Malay which is negation. I'm also including a list of vocabulary about the human body, and finally a conversation about getting to know someone. 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.


Negation is the opposite of an affirmative statement. So basically any negative expression such as "no", "never" "nothing" etc. Knowing how to use the negation form could help you double the number of expressions you could use in a sentence.

Here are some negation expressions 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.

Negation in Malay

Negation Malay
NothingTiada apa-apa
Not yetBelum lagi
No oneTiada sesiapa
No longerTiada lagi
Nevertak pernah
Cannottidak boleh
Should notSepatutnya tidak

Now we will try to implement some of the negative expressions 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 Negation in a Sentence

English Malay
Don't worry!Jangan risau
I cannot remember the wordSaya tidak ingat perkataannya
I do not speak JapaneseSaya tidak boleh berbahasa Jepun
I don't know!Saya tidak tahu!
I'm not fluent in Italian yetSaya belum fasih berbahasa Itali
I'm not interested!Saya tidak mahu
No one here speaks GreekTiada siapa disini yang bercakap Greek
No problem!Tiada masalah!
This is not correctIni tidak tepat
This is wrongIni salah
We don't understandKami tidak faham
You should not forget this wordAwak tidak boleh lupakan perkataan ini


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Vocabulary List about the Human Body

Below is a list of 20 words related to human body. If you can memorize them by heart, you might be able to communicate to your doctor if you have amy pain or discomfort.

Human Body List in Malay

Body Malay


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Daily Conversation in Malay

Finally, a list of commonly used expressions about getting to know someone for the first time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Malay Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Malay

English Malay
He feels with his handDia merasa dengan tangannya
I smell with my noseSaya menghidu dengan hidung
She has beautiful eyesDia mempunyai mata yang cantik
She tastes with her tongueDia mengecap dengan lidahnya
We see with our eyesKita melihat dengan mata
You hear with your earsKamu mendengar dengan telinga
How old are you?Berapa umur awak?
I'm (twenty, thirty...) Years oldUmur saya (dua puluh, tiga puluh...) tahun
Are you married?Adakah anda sudah kahwin?
Do you have children?Adakah anda mempunyai anak?
I have to goSaya kena pergi dah
I will be right back!Sekejap saya datang balik!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: English is the official language of the sky! It doesn't matter which country they are from, all pilots speak in English on international flights.

Congratulations! You finished your 7th lesson in Malay about negation, and the human body. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Malay Lesson 8. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Malay homepage.

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