Phrases

Malay Phrases (Common Expressions)

Duration: 30 min

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This section contains 400 of the most used phrases in Malay. This should help you improve your speaking, reading and writing. Exploring the whole list will make it easier to start conversations and understand what was said to you. I divided this section into 4 pages, the first 100 are listed on this page, then the rest here: phrases 2, phrases 3, phrases 4. Each page contains 100 common expressions. Going through each 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.

Phrases Tips

To make sure you are more likely to remember each expression, try to first to read the sentence without hearing it, then click to hear how it is prnounced, then read it out loud 3 times while imagining yourself vividly talking to somone. Also try to practice what you memorized from time to time, to make it stick.

Here are the first 100 common phrases. You will find a lot of them are about greeting someone, introducing yourself or asking where someone is from ... etc. Basically, these are expressions which you might use when starting a conversation with someone you have just met.

Phrases in Malay

Phrases Malay
How are you? (informal)Anda apa khabar?
How are you? (formal)Apa khabar?
What's up? (colloquial) Apa macam?
I'm fine, thank you!Baik, terima kasih.
Hi!Hai
Good morning!Selamat pagi!
Good afternoon!Selamat tengah hari!
Good evening!Selamat petang!
And you? (informal)Anda pula bagaimana?
And you? (formal)Anda pula?
GoodBaik
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
Welcome!Selamat datang!
Do you like it here?Adakah anda menyukai tempat ini?
See you later!Jumpa kamu nanti!
Thank you very much!Terima kasih banyak-banyak!
I really like it!Saya betul-betul sukakannya
HappyBahagia
SadSedih
Thank you!Terima kasih!
You're welcome! (in response to "thank you")Sama-sama
Have a nice day!
Good night!Selamat malam!
Have a good trip!Selamat jalan
It was nice talking to you!Gembira berbual dengan awak!
Am I right or wrong?Adakah saya betul atau salah?
Is he younger or older than you?Dia muda atau tua dari kamu?
Is the test easy or difficult?Ujian itu senang atau susah?
Is this book new or old?Buku ini lama atau baru?
This is so expensiveMahal sangat ni

More Sentences

English Malay
Languages
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
Origins
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
Countries
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
Can I practice Italian with you?Boleh saya berlatih bahasa Itali dengan awak?
I speak French but with an accentSaya boleh bercakap bahasa Perancis tetapi dengan loghat sikit
I was born in MiamiSaya dilahirkan di Miami
I'm from JapanSaya dari Jepun
The letter is inside the bookSurat itu berada di dalam buku
The pen is under the deskPen itu berada di bawah meja
DirectionsArah
Can I help you?Boleh saya bantu?
Can you help me?Boleh awak tolong saya?
Can you show me?Bolehkah anda tunjukkan kepada saya?
Come with me!Jom ikut saya!
Downtown (city center)Pusat bandar
Excuse me! (to ask someone)Harap maaf! Boleh saya bertanya?
Go straightPergi terus
How can I get to the museum? Bagaimana hendak ke muzium?
How long does it take to get there?Berapa lamakah perjalanan ke sana?
I'm lostSaya sesat
I'm not from hereSaya bukan dari tempat ini.
It's far from hereIanya jauh dari sini
It's near hereIanya dekat sahaja dari sini
One moment please!Tunggu sekejap
Turn leftBelok kiri
Turn rightBelok kanan

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