Learning to speak a new language is always an advantage. Being a Malaysian I am blessed that I could easily learn more than one language. And today I can proudly say that I can speak fluently in English, Malay (Bahasa Malaysia), Kristang and also a little bit of Cantonese, Mandarin and Tamil.
The national languange of Malaysia is Malay also known as Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia. Almost 99% of Malaysians can speak and understand the Malay language.
If you are a tourist visiting Malaysia, it will benefit you if you can at least speak a few Malay words. No matter which county you visit, the locals always seem friendlier when you speak a few words of their own language, don’t they?
In a couple of my previous post, I have introduced to you some Malaysian Food and Malaysian Fruits. And starting with this post, I have decided to teach you some basic Malay language. For our first lesson, let’s start with greetings
Learn To Speak Malay – Greetings
- Apa Khabar? – How Are You?
- Khabar Baik – I Am Fine
- Terima Kasih – Thank You
- Sama-Sama – You’re Welcome
- Selamat Pagi – Good Morning
- Selamat Tengahari – Good Afternoon
- Selamat Petang – Good Evening
- Selamat Malam – Good Night
- Selamat Datang – Welcome
- Selamat Tinggal – Good Bye
- Jumpa Lagi – See You Again
There you go, 11 basic words that you can use to greet a local in Malaysia whenever you come for a visit.
What words in Malay would you like to learn? Or are there anything about Malaysia that you would like to know? Let me know so that I can include it in my future post.
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