Culture - Malaysian and Singaporean

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 36039 [post_author] => 5243 [post_date] => 2015-07-03 09:30:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-07-02 23:30:35 [post_content] => Learning a new language is as exciting as learning to make a new dish in your kitchen. If you are planning to visit Malaysia, here are a few easy Malay phrases for travellers that will definitely help you get more amicable with Malaysian people and also facilitate in understanding their cuisine and culture in a better way. Although Malaysia is a multi-cultural land, the country's official language is Bahasa Malaysia. However, English, Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka, and Tamil along with many indigenous languages are also spoken in Malaysia. malay-phrases Image: Salihan used under the Creative Commons Licence Bahasa Malaysia, which in short is also ‘Malay’ language, is an Austronesian language that is used in Singapore and Brunei; it also has strong similarities to Bahasa Indonesia. Bahasa Malaysia incorporates Sanskrit, Tamil, Arabic, Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, and English words in Bahasa Malaysia, making it easy for foreigners to pick-up. Here are 10 easy Malay phrases for travellers:
  1. How do you say "Hi/ hello" in Malay? Saying "hi/ hello" in Malay depends on the time of the day. Here’s how: Good Morning: "Selamat pagi" (pronunciation: 'pag-ee'), Good Afternoon: "Selamat tengah hari" (pronunciation:'teen-gah har-ee'), Good Evening: "Selamat Petang" (pronunciation:'puh-tong').
  2. How do you say "How are you"? "Apa khabar" (pronounciation: 'apah ka-bar') and to reply to that question you just say: "baik" ( good) which sounds like bike.
  3. "What is your name?" "Siapa nama anda?" (siah-pah NUM-muh UN-duh?). "My name is..." is  translated as "Nama saya…" (NUM-MUH sah-yah...).
  4. "Nice to meet you" "Senang berjumpa dengan anda" (Ser-nahng burr-jum-pah UN-dah).
  5. "I can't speak Malay" "Saya tidak boleh berbahas dalam Bahasa Malaysia"
  6. "Excuse me" "Tumpang lalu" if you are trying to pass by, or "Maaf" to beg one's pardon.
  7. Birthday greetings  "Selamat hari jadi!"
  8. "Where is the toilet?" "Di mana tandas?" (DEE muh-nuh TAHN-das?)
  9. "Have a nice day" "Semoga hari anda baik sahaja"
  10. Other useful Malay phrases "Yes": "Ya", "No": "Tidak". "Help": "Tolong". "Good luck": "Semoga Berjaya", "Selamat maju jaya!" (for victory). "Thank you": "terima kasih". "Sorry": "Maaf", "Tolong maafkan saya" (please forgive me). "Goodbye": "Selamat tinggal" (said if you're leaving_).
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10 Easy Malay Phrases For Travellers

Learning a new language is as exciting as learning to make a new dish in your kitchen. If you are planning to visit Malaysia, here are a few easy Malay phrases for travellers that will definitely help you get more amicable with Malaysian people and also facilitate in understanding their cuisine and culture in a better way.

Although Malaysia is a multi-cultural land, the country’s official language is Bahasa Malaysia. However, English, Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka, and Tamil along with many indigenous languages are also spoken in Malaysia.

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Image: Salihan used under the Creative Commons Licence

Bahasa Malaysia, which in short is also ‘Malay’ language, is an Austronesian language that is used in Singapore and Brunei; it also has strong similarities to Bahasa Indonesia. Bahasa Malaysia incorporates Sanskrit, Tamil, Arabic, Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, and English words in Bahasa Malaysia, making it easy for foreigners to pick-up.

Here are 10 easy Malay phrases for travellers:

  1. How do you say “Hi/ hello” in Malay?
    Saying “hi/ hello” in Malay depends on the time of the day. Here’s how: Good Morning: “Selamat pagi” (pronunciation: ‘pag-ee’), Good Afternoon: “Selamat tengah hari” (pronunciation:’teen-gah har-ee’), Good Evening: “Selamat Petang” (pronunciation:’puh-tong’).
  2. How do you say “How are you”?
    “Apa khabar” (pronounciation: ‘apah ka-bar’) and to reply to that question you just say: “baik” ( good) which sounds like bike.
  3. “What is your name?”
    “Siapa nama anda?” (siah-pah NUM-muh UN-duh?). “My name is…” is  translated as “Nama saya…” (NUM-MUH sah-yah…).
  4. “Nice to meet you”
    “Senang berjumpa dengan anda” (Ser-nahng burr-jum-pah UN-dah).
  5. “I can’t speak Malay”
    “Saya tidak boleh berbahas dalam Bahasa Malaysia”
  6. “Excuse me”
    “Tumpang lalu” if you are trying to pass by, or “Maaf” to beg one’s pardon.
  7. Birthday greetings 
    “Selamat hari jadi!”

  8. “Where is the toilet?”
    “Di mana tandas?” (DEE muh-nuh TAHN-das?)

  9. “Have a nice day”
    “Semoga hari anda baik sahaja”

  10. Other useful Malay phrases
    “Yes”: “Ya”, “No”: “Tidak”. “Help”: “Tolong”. “Good luck”: “Semoga Berjaya”, “Selamat maju jaya!” (for victory). “Thank you”: “terima kasih”. “Sorry”: “Maaf”, “Tolong maafkan saya” (please forgive me). “Goodbye”: “Selamat tinggal” (said if you’re leaving_).

In English ‘a’ is pronounce as “ai”. The key to pronounce Malay words is to pronounce the letter ‘a’ as “Ah”.

While you are brushing up on Malay, you can also learn abit of Japanese with these 10 easy Japanese phrases.

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