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The most important vocabulary to know during your trip in Malaysia

If you are willing to attempt to understand and make yourself understood you will be able to have a conversation with the Malaysians, even if you only have a few basic words of Malaysian. The important thing is to go there with an open, positive attitude and you'll be ok.

Getting by in Malaysia 

The official national language of Malaysia is Malaysian. It's quite similar to Indonesian. However, because there is a large population of Indians and Chinese, not to mention the influence of Islam, several languages are spoken in this very multicultural country. English is recognised as the second or third most spoken language so if you can't get by in Malay you can always speak English! 

                 

A restaurant's menus in Malaysia

Read the notices!

I learned a lot by reading restaurant menus and notices in the street. Malaysian uses a Latin alphabet so it's easy to read and recognise some words. Some words are often repeated and there is a logic to the Malaysian language so you begin to get familiar with certain words. In addition, the Malays are very kind and patient with you during your trip to Malaysia.

Basic expressions / Common Words

UsaMalais
Good morning / Good eveningHello
How are you?Apa khabar anda
Fine, thank you, and you?Sangat baik, dan anda?
I understand / I don't understandSaya faham/Saya tidak faham
Sorryampun
Goodbyeselamat tinggal
Welcomedialu-alukan
Thank you (very much)terima kasih (banyak)
Excuse memaafkan saya/sila
My name is...Nama saya
No thank youtidak terima kasih
Yes / Noya/tidak
You're welcomeanda dialu-alukan

Commerce

UsaMalais
How much is it?Berapa banyak?
It is very cheapIa tidak mahal
It is too expensive!Ia terlalu mahal
Can you lower the price?Bolehkah anda menurunkan harga
I would like to buy ... this one!Saya ingin membeli...salah satu yang
I like it / I don't like itSaya suka/Saya benci
Moneywang
I'm just looking around.Saya hanya melihat

Transportation

UsaMalais
I would like to go to ...Saya ingin pergi
Planekapal terbang
Boatbot
Trainkereta api
Taxiteksi
Busbas
I would like to rent ...Saya mahu sewa
Motorbikemotosikal
Carkereta
Bikebasikal

Directions

UsaMalais
Where is ...? / How can I get to ...?di mana adalah
Bankbank
Train stationstesen kereta api
Centrepusat bandar
Hotelhotel
Hospitalhospital
Is it close / far?Adakah ia menutup/adakah ia jauh
Straight aheadlurus ke depan
Left / Rightmeninggalkan/betul
North / South / East / WestUtara/selatan/Adalah/Di mana Adakah

Numberssieben, acht, neun, zehn

UsaMalais
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, tenyang/dua/tiga/empat/lima/enam/tujuh/sembilan/sepuluh
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtydua puluh/tiga puluh/empat puluh/lima puluh/enam puluh
seventy, eighty, ninetytujuh puluh/lapan puluh/sembilan puluh
One hundredperatus

Hours/Dates and daysDienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag

UsaMalais
What time is it?pukul berapa sekarang
When?apabila
Yesterdaysemalam
Today (morning/midday/evening)hari ini
Tomorrowesok
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, SundayIsnin/Selasa/Rabu/Khamis/Jumaat/Sabtu/Ahad
I am here on vacationSaya perjalanan
I am here for businessSaya di sini untuk kerja-kerja

Time to eat!

UsaMalais
I am hungry / I am thirstySaya lapar/Saya dahaga
Enjoymenikmati makanan anda
Cheers!kesihatan
It was deliciousia lazat
What can you recommend?Apa yang anda cadangkan?
I am vegeterianSaya seorang vegetarian yang
Not spicy please (I don't like spices)tanpa rempah
It's too hotia terlalu panas
I am allergicSaya alah
Sea foodmakanan laut
Peanutskacang tanah
Glutengluten
I would like...Saya ingin
Waterair
Tee / Coffeeteh/kopi
Beer / Winebir/wain
The bill, pleaseSila menambah

Health / Emergency / Security

UsaMalais
I need to see a doctor.Saya perlu berjumpa doktor
Call an ambulance / Call 911memanggil doktor
Where is the hospital?mana hospital
I do not feel very goodSaya tidak berasa baik
It hurts hereSaya cedera di sini
Where can I find the restrooms?di mana tandas
Help!membantu
Policepolis
Dangerbahaya
I'm lostSaya hilang

Other

UsaMalais
Have a nice day !hari yang baik
Emilie Couillard
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Updated 26 October 2018

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