Useful Malay phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Malay.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

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!
(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!
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
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')
Thank you Terima kasih
Reply to thank you Sama-sama
Where's the toilet? 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)
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 and New Year greetings Selamat Hari Natal (Christmas)
Selamat Tahun Baru (New Year)
Birthday greetings Selamat hari jadi
Selamat hari lahir
One language is never enough Satu bahasa tidak pernah cukup
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Hoverkraf saya penuh dengan belut

Audio recordings and some corrections provided by Lay M.

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Links

Other collections of Malay phrases (some with audio)
http://mcs-bristol.tripod.com/learnmalay.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUo5QhbQ67c
http://linguanaut.com/english_malay.htm
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293951-s604/Malaysia:Important.Phrases.html
http://www.expatypus.com/wiki/malay-language-bahasa-malaysia
http://www.digitaldialects.com/Malay/Phrases.htm
http://www.voyage99.com/useful-phrases.html

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