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Malaysia Boleh

Malaysia Boleh

Whilst most Malaysians you'll meet are quite well-versed in English, nothing breaks the ice quicker than using a few Malay words here and there.

In fact, Bahasa Melayu, as the lingua franca is called in Malaysia, is especially rewarding, at least the colloquial every-day version, because it's not that hard to master.

Just for fun we've peppered our site with a few useful Malay words and phrases, so you've at least seen some of the local lingo.

Some examples:

Jom! = "Let's go!".
Boleh = "Sure" or "Can".
Makan = "To eat" or "food"
Minum = "To drink"
Terimah kasih = "Thank you"

Incidentally, Malay pronunciation is mostly phonetic. The only real exception being the letter "c", as it's pronounced as "ch". So don't worry too much about not getting the sounds exactly right. The other thing not to worry about is plural, as nouns are the same in singular and plural.

See the bottom of this page for an overview of all words and phrases included in our site.


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Ada diskaun = Can I have a discount?
Ada kereta = Do you have a car?
Ada rumah? = Do you have a room?
Ada wifi? = Do you have wifi?
Anda = You
Bagus = Good
Bas = Bus
Bayar = Pay
Berapa jam ke Mersing = How long to Mersing
Berita = News
Bilik = Room
Biru = Blue
Boleh = Sure or Can.
Cuti = Holiday
Di mana car park? = Where's the parking?
Di mana restoran = Where's the restaurant?
Dua tiket = Two tickets
Feri ke Tioman = Ferry to Tioman
Gambar = Photo
Hilang = Lost / Missing
Cari = Search / Find
Hujan = Rain
Hutan = Jungle
Jom! = Let's go!.
Joran = Fishing rod
Kami = We
Kampong = Village
Kanan = Right
Kiri = Left
Karang = Coral
Kedai = Shop
Kereta = Car
Keselamatan = Safety
Kopi = Coffee
Kurang manis = Less sugar
Laju = Speed
Laut = Sea
Lepak = Relax
Makan = To eat or food
Malam = Night
Kaunter tiket feri = Fery ticket counter?
Mancing = Fishing
Mata hari = Sun
Minum = Drink
Minum keras = Alcoholic drinks
Nasi goreng = Fried rice
Nombor Telefon = Phone number
Pantai = Beach
Penuh = Full
Penyu = Turtle
Pergi = To go
Peta = Map
Petua = Tip
Promosi = Promotion
Pukul berapa? = What time?
Pulau = Island
Renang = To swim
Sakit = Sick or Pain
Sarang = Nest
Satu Dua Tiga = One Two Three
Saya tak paham = I don't understand
Sedap = Delicious
Selamat pagi = Good morning
Selamat petang = Good evening
Selamat pagi = Good morning
Selamat jalan = Bye-bye / Have a great journey
Solat = Pray / Prayer
Tandas = Toilet
Tanpa gula = Without sugar
Tanya = To ask
Teh = Tea
Telur = Egg
Terbang = Fly
Terimah kasih = Thank you
Terimah kasih banyak = Thank you very much
Terimah kasi / Sama-sama = Thank you / You're welcome
Tidoh = Sleep
Tolong = Please
Ya = Yes
Tidak = No
Ayer = Water

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