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Useful Malay phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Malay, a Malayic language spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand.

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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English Bahasa melayu (Malay)
Welcome Selamat datang
Hello (General greeting) Selamat pagi (good morning)
Selamat petang (good afternoon)
Selamat malam (good night)
Assalamualaikum (used by Muslims)
How are you? Apa khabar? (What news?)
Reply to 'How are you?' Khabar baik, terima kasih. Anda pula bagaimana?
Long time no see Sudah lama tidak berjumpa
What's your name? Siapa nama anda?
My name is ... Nama saya ...
Where are you from? Dari mana asal saudara? (frm)
Asal dari mana? (inf)
I'm from ... Saya dari ...
Pleased to meet you Selamat berkenalan
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Selamat pagi
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Selamat tengah hari (12-2pm)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Selamat petang (2-7pm)
Good night Selamat malam (after 7pm)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Selamat tinggal (said if you're leaving)
Selamat jalan (said you're staying)
Sampai jumpa lagi
Good luck! Selamat maju jaya! (go forward and victory)
Semoga berjaya!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Sihat selalu!
Have a nice day Semoga hari anda baik sahaja
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Selamat menjamu selera! (Please treat your appetite)
Jemput makan! (Please eat!)
Makan makan! (Eat eat!)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Selamat jalan!
Do you understand? Adakah saudara faham?
I understand Saya faham
I don't understand Saya tidak faham
Yes Ya
No Tidak
Tak (inf)
Maybe Untung-untung
Boleh jadi
I don't know Saya tidak tahu
Tak tau (inf)
Please speak more slowly Boleh cakap perlahan sedikit?
Please say that again Tolong ulang sekali lagi
Tolong ulang semula
Sila ulang
Please write it down Tolong ulang sekali lagi
Tolong ulang semula
Sila ulang
Do you speak Malay? Bolehkah anda bercakap bahasa Malaysia?
Bolehkah anda bercakap bahasa Melayu?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Boleh, sedikit
Do you speak a language
other than
Malay?
Adakah kamu boleh bercakap dalam bahasa selain daripada bahasa Melayu?
ادكه كامو بوليه برچاكڤ دالم بهاس سلاين درڤد بهاس ملايو؟
Selain bahasa Melayu, apakah kamu bisa bercakap dalam bahasa lain?
How do you say ... in Malay? Bagaimana anda cakap .... dalam bahasa Melayu?
Apa bahasa Malaysianya ...?
Excuse me Tumpang lalu (to pass by)
Maafkan saya
How much is this? Berapa harganya ini?
Sorry Ma'af
Minta maaf (asking for forgiveness)
Tolong maafkan saya ('please forgive me')
Please Tolong
Thank you Terima kasih
Reply to thank you Sama-sama
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Di mana tandas?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Dia akan bayar semuanya
Would you like to dance with me? Mahukah saudari menari dengan saya? (f)
Mahukah saudara menari dengan saya? (m)
Do you come here often? Ngana jaga kamari? (Ternate Malay)
I miss you Aku rindu pada mu
Saya rindu kamu
I love you Saya sayang kamu
Aku cintakan kau
Aku cinta padamu
Aku mencintaimu
Get well soon Semoga cepat sembuh
Go away! Pergi dari sini!
Leave me alone! Pergi dari sini!
Help! Tolong!
Fire! Api!
Kebakaran!
Stop! Berhenti!
Christmas greetings Selamat Hari Natal
New Year greetings Selamat Tahun Baru
Birthday greetings Selamat hari jadi
Selamat hari lahir
Congratulations! Tahniah!
One language is never enough Satu bahasa tidak pernah cukup
My hovercraft is full of eels Hoverkraf saya penuh dengan belut

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