MALAYSIA

Phrase Book

Malay is the official language of Malaysia, although English and Chinese are also widely spoken. Below are some useful Malay phrases.

Meeting People

English
Malay
Hi!
Hi!
Good morning!
Selamat pagi
Good evening!
Selamat petang
Welcome!
Selamat datang
How are you?
Apa khabar?
I'm fine, thanks!
Khabar baik, terima kasih
Thank you (very much)!
Terima kasih berbanyak-banyak
You're welcome!
Sama-sama
Good night!
Selamat malam
See you later!
Jumpa lagi
Good bye!
Selamat jalan

Help & Directions

English
Malay
Can you help me?
Bolehkah anda membantu saya?
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)?
Di manakah (bilik mandi/ farmasi)?
Go straight! then turn left/ right!
Jalan lurus/ kemudian pusing kiri/ kanan
How much is this?
Apakah harga barang ini?
Do you speak (English/ Malay)?
Adakah anda fasih berbahasa (Inggeris/ Melayu)?

Misunderstanding

English
Malay
I'm sorry? (if you don't hear something)
Maafkan saya?
Sorry (for a mistake)
Maafkan saya.
No problem!
Tiada masalah!
Can you say it again?
Bolehkah anda mengulangi apa yang telah anda sebutkan?
I don't understand!
Saya tidak faham!
I don't know!
Saya tidak tahu!
I have no idea.
Saya tiada idea.
What's that called in Malay?
Apakah nama benda ini?
What is this?
Apa ini?
My Malay is bad.
Penguasaan bahasa melayu saya lemah.
I need to practice my Malay
Saya perlu memperbaiki bahasa Melayu saya.
Don't worry!
Jangan (bimbang/ risau)

Food and Drink

English
Malay
bread
roti
beef
daging lembu
chicken
ayam
fish
ikan
vegetables
sayur
fried noodles
mee goreng
fried rice
nasi goreng
cup of coffee
kopi satu
a cup of tea
teh satu
water
air (ah-yayr)

Malaysia was under British administration for a long time and therefore, most foods are also labelled in English.