Malay Phrases

This page contains a table including the following: Malay phrases, expressions and words in Malay, conversation and idioms, Malay greetings, and survival phrases. It also helps if you simply want to know what to say when chatting in Malay!

Most of the sentences below are used for everyday life conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them.

If you don't know how to say a word then check our alphabet in Malay which can be found on the menu above to get some help.

Malay Phrases


    

English Phrases Malay Phrases
 
English Greetings Malay Greetings:
Hi! Hi!
Good morning! Selamat Pagi
Good evening! Selamat Petang
Welcome! (to greet someone) Selamat Datang
How are you? Apa Khabar?
I'm fine, thanks! Khabar Baik, Terima Kasih
And you? Bagaimana Dengan Anda?
Good/ So-So. Khabar Baik Juga
Thank you (very much)! Terima Kasih Berbanyak-Banyak
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Sama-sama
Hey! Friend! Hi, Kawan!
I missed you so much! Saya Amat Merindui Anda
What's new? Khabar Terbaru?
Nothing much Sama Sahaja
Good night! Selamat Malam
See you later! Jumpa Lagi
Good bye! Selamat Jalan
Asking for Help and Directions
I'm lost Saya Tersesat
Can I help you? Bolehkah Saya Membantu Anda?
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
I'm looking for john. Saya Sedang Mencari John.
One moment please! Sila Tunggu Sebentar.
Hold on please! (phone) Sila Tunggu Sebentar.
How much is this? Apakah Harga Barang Ini?
Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) Encik? (for male) Cik? (for female) + request
Excuse me! ( to pass by) Maafkan Saya…
Come with me! Maafkan Saya…


    

How to Introduce Yourself
 
Do you speak (English/ Malay)? Adakah anda fasih berbahasa (Inggeris/ Melayu)?
Just a little. Sedikit sahaja.
What's your name? Apakah Nama Anda?
My name is ... Nama Saya…
Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss… Encik/ Puan/ Cik
Nice to meet you! Gembira Mengenali Anda
You're very kind! Anda Sangat Baik!
Where are you from? Anda Dari Mana?
I'm from (the U.S/ Malaysia ) Saya Dari (Amerika Syarikat/ Malaysia)
I'm (American) Saya Berbangsa Amerika
Where do you live? Anda Tinggal Di mana?
I live in (the U.S/ Malaysia) Saya Tinggal Di (Amerika Syarikat/ Malaysia)
Did you like it here? Apakah Pendapat Anda Mengenai Tempat Ini?
Malaysia is a wonderful country Malaysia Adalah Sebuah Negara Yang Menarik.
What do you do for a living? Apakah Pekerjaan Anda?
I work as a (translator/ businessman) Saya Bekerja Sebagai Seorang (Penterjemah/ Ahli Niaga)
I like Malay Saya Suka (Bahasa Malaysia/ Bahasa Melayu)
I've been learning Malay for 1 month Saya Telah Mendalami Bahasa Melayu Selama 1 Bulan
Oh! That's good! Oh! Baiknya!
How old are you? Berapakah Umur Anda?
I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old. Saya Berumur (Dua Puluh, Tiga Puluh…) Tahun.
I have to go Saya Terpaksa Berangkat/ Pergi
I will be right back! Saya Akan Balik/Pulang
Wish Someone Something
Good luck! Semoga Berjaya!
Happy birthday! Selamat Hari Jadi!
Happy new year! Selamat Tahun Baru Cina!
Merry Christmas! Selamat Hari Krismas!
Congratulations! Tahniah!
Enjoy! (for meals...) Sila Menjamu Selera!
I'd like to visit Malaysia one day Saya Berhasrat Melawat Malaysia Suatu Hari Nanti.
Say hi to John for me Tolong Sampaikan Ucap Selamat Saya Kepada John
Bless you (when sneezing) Rahimaka Allah! Or Alhamdulillah!
Good night and sweet dreams! Selamat Malam.
Solving a Misunderstanding
I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) Maafkan Saya? (inquiry tone)
Sorry (for a mistake) Maafkan Saya.
No Problem! Tiada Masalah!
Can You Say It Again? Bolehkah Anda Mengulangi Apa Yang Telah Anda Sebutkan?
Can You Speak Slowly? Bolehkah Anda Mengurangkan Kelajuan Ucapan Anda?
Write It Down Please! Sila Catatkan!
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 Does "gato" Mean In English? Apakah Maksud “saya” Dalam Bahasa Inggeris?
How Do You Say "Please" In Malay? Bagaimanakah Anda Menyebut Perkataan “Please” Dalam Bahasa Melayu?
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)
Malay Expressions and Words
Good/ Bad/ So-So. (Baik/ Jahat/ Sederhana)
Big/ Small (Besar/ Kecil)
Today/ Now (Hari Ini/ Sekarang)
Tomorrow/ Yesterday (Esok/ Semalam)
Yes/ No (Ya/ Tidak)
Here you go! (when giving something) Ini dia!
Do you like it? Adakah Anda Menyukainya?
I really like it! Saya Amat Menyukainya!
I'm hungry/ thirsty. Saya Berasa Lapar/ Dahaga)
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night. Pada Sebelah (Pagi/ Petang/ Malam)
This/ That. Here/There Ini/ Itu . Sini/ Sana
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Saya/ Anda. Dia.
Really! Benar!
Look! Lihat!
Hurry up! Lekas! / Cepat!
What? Where? Apa? Di mana?
What time is it? Pukul Berapa Sekarang?
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm. Pukul Sepuluh (pagi/ malam). Pukul Tujuh Tiga Puluh Minit (malam)
Give me this! (Berikan/ Serahkan) Benda Ini Kepada Saya. (polite/ impolite)
I love you! Saya Mencintai Anda!
I feel sick. Saya Berasa Sakit.
I need a doctor Saya Perlukan Doktor
One, Two, Three Satu, Dua, Tiga
Four, Five, Six Empat, Lima, Enam
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten Tujuh, Lapan, Sembilan, Sepuluh

I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some Malay phrases, expressions and words. Make sure to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. If you want to practice what you have learnt here, go to Language Test.