Malay Phrases

The Malay phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: Hai  Audio
What is your name?: Siapa nama anda?  Audio
Nice to meet you: Selamat berkenalan!  Audio
How are you?: Anda apa khabar? / Apa khabar?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: Saya sihat, terima kasih.  Audio
And you?: Anda bagaimana?  Audio

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Language and Age Phrases

More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Malay)?: Anda boleh bercakap (Bahasa Inggeris/ Bahasa Melayu)?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: Bolehkah dia bercakap Cina?  Audio
A little bit: Sedikit-sedikit  Audio
How old are you?: Berapa umur anda?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: Umur saya tiga puluh tiga tahun.  Audio
It was nice talking to you: Seronok dapat berborak dengan anda!  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: Apa yang kamu maksudkan?  Audio
I don't understand: Saya tidak faham  Audio
I don't know: Saya tidak tahu  Audio
Sorry: Maaf  Audio
What is that called in Malay?: Apa itu dalam Bahasa Melayu?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: Apa maksud perkataan itu dalam Bahasa Inggeris?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: Anda dari mana?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: Saya dari U.S  Audio
I'm American: Saya orang Amerika.  Audio
Where do you live?: Anda tinggal di mana?   Audio
I live in the U.S: Saya tinggal di U.S  Audio
What do you do for a living?: Apa pekerjaan anda?  Audio
I'm a student: Saya seorang pelajar  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: Bolehkah saya tolong anda?  Audio
Can you help me?: Bolehkah anda tolong saya?  Audio
Where is the airport?: Di mana lapangan terbang?  Audio
Go straight: Jalan terus  Audio
Then: Kemudian  Audio
Turn left: Pusing kiri  Audio
Turn right: Pusing kanan  Audio


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Holiday Wishes Phrases

Good wishes in Malay in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: Selamat hari jadi  Audio
Happy new year: Selamat tahun baru  Audio
Merry Christmas: Selamat hari natal  Audio
Good luck: Semoga berjaya  Audio
Congratulations: Tahniah  Audio

Malay expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: Saya ada buat tempahan.  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: Anda ada bilik kosong?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: Saya ingin sebuah bilik tidak merokok.  Audio
How much it costs per night?: Berapakah caj untuk satu malam?  Audio
Waiter: Pelayan  Audio
How much is this?: Berapakah harga ini?  Audio
What is this?: Apa ini?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: Anda ok?  Audio
I need a doctor: Saya perlukan doktor  Audio
Help: Tolong!  Audio
Call the ambulance: Panggil ambulans!  Audio
Call the police: Panggil polis!  Audio
I am sick: Saya rasa kurang sihat  Audio

These Malay phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Malay Vocabulary and Malay Grammar, you might want to visit our Malay Flashcards to practice what you learned.

Malay Vocabulary

Malay Grammar


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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Malay phrases.