Malay speakers worldwide - 30 million

Malay speaking countries are

Brunei,Indonesia,Malaysia,Philippines,Singapore,Thailand

Language family

Austronesian > Malayo-Polynesian > Nuclear Malay-Polynesian > Sunda-Sulawesi > Malayic > Malayan > Local Malay > Malay

Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the official language, but English is widely spoken. Mandarin, Chinese dialects and native languages of Borneo are also spoken by segments of the population.

Any small effort to demonstrate your enthusiasm for learning Brunei’s culture will be most appreciated by the Bruneians, who have a deep respect for their centuries-rich Malay culture. While no Bruneian expects a visitor to have mastered the Malay language and most speak at least conversational English, a few useful words and phrases will help make your stay even more enjoyable.

English Malay
Good morning! Selamat pagi!
Good afternoon! Selamat tengah hari!
Good evening! Selamat petang!
Welcome! (to greet someone) Selamat datang!
Hello my friend! Helo kawanku!
How are you? (friendly) Pe khabar?
How are you? (polite) Awak apa khabar? / Apa khabar?
I'm fine, thank you! Sihat!
And you? (friendly) Awak?
And you? (polite) Awak?
Good Sihat
Not so good Tidak berapa sihat
Long time no see Lama tidak jumpa
I missed you Saya rindukan awak
What's new? Apa cerita?
Nothing new Tidak ada apa-apa / Sama saja
Thank you (very much)! Terima kasih (banyak-banyak/ sangat-sangat)!
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Sama-sama
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Sama-sama
My pleasure Sama-sama
Come in! (or: enter!) Sila masuk!
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Sama-sama
Make yourself at home! Sila buat macam rumah sendiri!
Farewell Expressions Ekspresi Perpisahan
Have a nice day! NA
Good night! Selamat malam!
Good night and sweet dreams! Selamat malam!
See you later! Jumpa lagi!
See you soon! Jumpa lagi!
See you tomorrow! Jumpa lagi esok!
Good bye! Bye!
Have a good trip! Selamat jalan!
I have to go Saya perlu minta diri dahulu
I will be right back! Tunggu sekejap

English Malay
Holidays and Wishes Mengucapkan Sesuatu Kepada Seseorang
Good luck! Semoga berjaya!
Happy birthday! Selamat Hari Jadi!
Happy new year! Selamat Tahun Baru!
Merry Christmas! Selamat Hari Natal!
Happy Raya! Selamat Hari Raya!
Happy Chinese New Year! Selamat Tahun Baru Cina!
Congratulations! Tahniah!
Enjoy! (or: bon appetit) Silakan!
Bless you (when sneezing) Semoga awak diberkati
Best wishes! Semoga berjaya!
Cheers! (or: to your health) NA
Accept my best wishes Sila terima ucapan selamat saya
How to Introduce Yourself Bagaimana Memperkenalkan Diri Anda
What's your name? Siapa nama awak?
My name is (John Doe) Nama saya John Doe
Nice to meet you! Salam/ Selamat berkenalan!
Where are you from? Awak dari mana?
I'm from (the U.S/ Malaysia) Saya dari Amerika Syarikat/ Malaysia
I'm (American/ Malay) Saya orang Amerika Syarikat/ Malaysia
Where do you live? Awak tinggal di mana?
I live in (the U.S/ Malaysia) Saya tinggal di Amerika Syarikat/ Malaysia
Do you like it here? Awak suka (tinggal) di sana?
Malaysia is a beautiful country Malaysia negara yang cantik
What do you do for a living? Apa pekerjaan awak?
I'm a (teacher/ student/ engineer) Saya seorang (guru/ pelajar/ jurutera)
Do you speak (English/ Malay)? Awak boleh bercakap Bahasa Inngeris/ Bahasa Melayu?
Just a little Sedikit-sedikit
I like Malay Saya suka Bahasa Melayu
I'm trying to learn Malay Saya sedang cuba belajar Bahasa Melayu
It's a hard language Ia bahasa yang susah
It's an easy language Ia bahasa yang mudah
Oh! That's good! Oh! Baguslah begitu!
Can I practice with you? Boleh saya berlatih dengan kamu?