Useful Malay Phrases
Although majority of Kuala Lumpur locals speak English, it is always good to know a few words to impress them. Whether it is asking a simple question or breaking the ice, we need to connect in order to survive. (Plus at least you get to bargain for discounts with retailers)
Selamat pagi = Good Morning
Selamat petang = Good Evening
Selamat malam = Good night
Apa khabar? = How are you?
Jumpa lagi = See you soon
Selamat tinggal = Goodbye (you are leaving)
Selamat jalan = Goodbye (you are staying)
Selamat maju jaya = Good luck
Minta maaf = Sorry
Terima Kasih = Thank you (to reply to this say "sama-sama" means likewise)
Saya cinta Kuala Lumpur = I love Kuala Lumpur ( we know you do, so do we)
Teksi = Taxi
Tren = Train
Bas = Bus
Kapal Terbang = Aeroplane
Kapal layar = Sail boat
Kapal = ship
Berapa tambang? = How much is the fare?
Berapa lama perjalanan? – How long is the journey?
Selamat atau tidak? – Is it safe or not?
Makan = Eat / food.
Saya lapar = I am hungry.
Di mana makanan sedap? = Where is good food?
Halal = Muslim killed meat and no pork or alcohol.
Dia akan bayar semua. = (while pointing at your friend) He/She is going to pay for everything.
Saya selalu kena bayar. = (while pointing at yourself) I always have to pay.
Satu – One
Dua – Two
Tiga – Three
Empat – Four
Lima – Five
Enam – Six
Tujuh – Seven
Lapan – Eight
Sembilan – Nine
Sepuluh – Ten
Puluh – Describes a multiple of ten. Example , Dua puluh satu = 21
Ratus - Describes a multiple of one hundred. Example, Tiga Ratus Satu = 301
Ribu - Describes a multiple of one hundred. Example, Empat Ribu = 4000
Put it all together and you can say, eg. Dua ribu enam ratus dua puluh dua = 2622
Berapa harga ini? = How much is this?
Bos ada diskaun tak ? = Boss got discount or not?
Di mana boleh tukar duit? = Where is the money changer?
Mesin ATM= ATM Machine.
Kad Kredit = Credit card.
Saya Miskin = I am poor (cause people always think tourist have money)
Saya kaya = I am rich (well some tourist have a lot of money and like to show it)
Saya miskin kerana isteri saya = I am poor because of my wife. (just kidding)
Saya kaya kerana isteri saya = I am rich because of my wife. (hmmmm…)
Saya cinta suami saya = I love my husband (seems appropriate to say this here)
Tolong saya = Help me.
Api ! = Fire!
Berhenti = Stop.
Dengar = Listen
Jangan Pandang belakang = Do not look behind (in case you see a ghost behind someone)
Saya tidak paham! = I don’t understand.
Saya tak tahan = I cannot stand it.
Cantik = Beautiful.
Pandai = Smart.
Tua = Old.
Muda = Young.
Di mana Tandas? = Where is the Toilet?
Saya Gila = I am crazy.
Dia Gila = He / she is crazy.
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