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MALAYSIA and SINGAPORE

MALAY-ENGLISH TRAVEL DICTIONARY

Simple Malay words for travellers by myMalaysiabooks

Though many Malaysians speak English, learn some simple words in spoken Malay to get around.  

 The Malay spoken in Singapore is the same as in Malaysia.               

The Malay language in written in Roman characters and pronunciation of consonants are similar to the English Language. Vowels are pronounced according to the word with some generalization as listed below (there are some exemptions).   

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Malay usage

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'a'

as in

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eg. makan (eat),

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e

'a'

as in

ago

eg. selamat (safe)

pronounced ‘se-la-mat’

i

'i'

as in

sit

eg. itek (duck)

pronounced ‘e-tek’

o

'o'

as in

bow  or jaw

eg. pos (post)

pronounced ‘pose’ ;

orang (people)

u

'u'

as in

put

eg. udang (prawn)

pronounced ‘u-dung’

or

'o'

as in

home

eg. lebuh (street)

pronounced ‘le-boh’

c

'ch'

as in

chin

eg. cantek (pretty)

pronounced ‘chan-tek

sy

' sh'

as in

shirt

eg. syah (shah )

pronounced ‘shah’

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Greetings & courtesies  

Travelling around

good morning

selamat pagi

 

hotel

hotel

good afternoon/ evening

selamat petang

bus

car

bas

kereta

good night

selamat malam

train

keretaapi

bon voyage /safe journey/ good bye

selamat jalan

plane

kapal terbang

yes

ya

trishaw

beca (read becha)

no

tidak

rented car

kereta sewa

hello

helo

bicycle

basikal

thank you

terima kasih

 

motorcycle

motosikal

you're welcome

sama sama

 

taxi

teksi

How are you?/ how do you do?

apa khabar?

to walk

road

jalan kaki

jalan

I’m fine, thank you

khabar baik, terima kasih

highway

vehicle

lebuhraya

kenderaan

Excuse me /sorry

Maafkan saya

by air

dengan kapal terbang

You are welcome / same to you

Sama-sama

airport

 

station/ terminal

lapangan kapal terbang

stesen/ hentian

I understand

Saya faham

bus station

stesen bas

I don’t understand

can you help me?

Saya tak faham

boleh tolong saya?

bus stop

 

taxi station

hentian bas / bas stop

stesen teksi

Can you speak in English?

Bolehkan awak cakap dalam Bahasa Inggeris?

railway station

Where is XXX?

stesen keretapi

mana xxx?

can

cannot/ can't

boleh

tak boleh

where is the bus station?

Di mana stesen bus?

help me

tolong saya

when?

bila?

Mister

Encik

why?

kenapa?

Miss /Ms

Cik

how do I get to Penang?

Bagaimana sampai Penang?

Madam / Mrs.

Puan (Makcik – for elder women)

 

how much is this (price)?

berapa harganya? (or berapa?)

welcome

selamat datang

how much is the ticket?

berapa harga tiket?

good/fine

baik

what time does the train leave?

pukul berapa keretapi bertolak?

female

perempuan

 

what time does the bus arrive?

pukul berapa bas sampai?

I am sorry

minta maaf

 

how far?

berapa jauh?

delicious

sedap

 

how far is A to B?

berapa jauh A ke B?

this way/ go ahead

please help yourself (food)

sila

sila makan

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Where is the ticket counter?

Mana kaunter tiket?

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Food and eating

   

Counting nos.

 

drinks

minuman

one

satu

to drink

minum

two

dua

food

makanan

three

tiga

to eat

makan

four

empat

water

air

five

lima

coffee

kopi

six

enam

tea

teh

seven

tujuh

sugar

gula

eight

lapan

salt

garam

 

nine

sembilan

milk

susu

ten

sepuloh

Chinese tea

teh Cina

eleven

sebelas

without sugar

tanpa gula

twelve

dua belas

bread

roti

 

fifteen

lima belas

rice

nasi

twenty

dua puloh

porridge

kanji

forty

empat puluh

rice noodles

bi hoon/ koay teow/ kueh teow

(depends on type)

one hundred

one thousand

one million

satu ratus/ seratus

seribu/ satu ribu

sejuta/ satu juta

breakfast

sarapan pagi

one hundred thirty two

seratus tiga puloh dua

lunch

makan tengahari

eight hundred and five

lapan ratus lima

dinner

makan malam

half

separuh

chillies

chili

 

 

hot (pungent)

pedas

Shopping

less hot

kurang pedas

buy

beli

prawn

udang

shops

kedai

meat

daging

how much?

berapa

pork

daging babi

how many?

berapa banyak?

beef

daging lembu

one ringgit

satu ringgit

mutton

chicken

Malaysian cakes

cakes

daging kambing

ayam

kueh

kek

two pieces

dua ketul/ dua keping/ dua buah (depending on type of item)

fruits

juice

fruit jus

buah-buahan

jus

jus buah-buahan

cheaper please

tolong kurangkan harga

vegetables

sayur-sayuran

 

any discount?

ada diskaun kah?

place to eat

tempat makan

 

book shop

kedai buku

coffee shop

kedai kopi

 

supermarket

supermarket

restaurant

restoran

 

camera

kamera

market

department store

pasar

pasar ria

 

Where is the department store?

Mana letaknya pasaraya?

one bowl of noodles

semangkok mee/

semangkok bi hoon

 

three meter

tiga meter

soya sauce

kicap cair

 

bigger size

saiz lebih besar

English tea

teh

 

smaller size

saiz lebih kecil

no pork please

jangan ada daging babi

 

medium size

saiz sederhana/ saiz M

sour

masam

 

small size

saiz kecil

too sweet/ sour

terlalu manis/ masam

 

longer

lebih panjang

food prepared according to Muslim rites

makanan halal

(halal food)

 

shorter

another colour

lebih pendek

warna lain

         

Other nouns

 

 

Directions

 

post office

pejabat pos

 

up

atas

bank

bank

 

down

bawah

police station

balai polis

 

go up

nail atas

hospital

hospital

 

go down

turun bawah

clinic

klinik

 

right

kanan

doctor

doktor

 

left

turn left

kiri

belok ke kiri

dentist

doktor gigi

 

In front

depan

police

polis

 

behind

belakang

toilet

tandas

 

side

 tepi

 

 

north

utara

General

   

south

 selatan

where is the xxx?

mana xxx?

 

east

timur

I want to report a theft

saya hendak lapurkan kecurian

 

barat

west

where is the police station?

mana balai polis?

 

 there

 here

 sana

 sini

can you show me?

boleh tunjuk saya?

 

this

ini

a piece

sekeping

 

that

itu

a little

sedikit

 

all

semua

a lot

banyak

 

 

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On the Road

Malay

English

awas / bahaya

Danger

beri jalan

give way

gostan

go astern/ reverse

had

limit

had laju

speed limit

henti / berhenti

stop

ikut kiri

keep left

jalan / jalan raya

road

jalan mati

dead end

jalan sehala

one-way street

kurangkan laju / pelahan

go slow

lebuh

street

lebuh raya

highway

persiaran

lane

tol

toll

tutup / jalan tutup

closed / road is closed

bayaran

payment

‘Touch ‘N Go’

refers to a road cash card that can be purchased at the PLUS office or some of the toll counters along the North South Highway

jejantas

crossing

kenderaan

vehicle

kereta

car

lori

lorry

motobaik

motorcycle

tempat letak kereta

parking

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