Languages in Malaysia - What Languages Are Spoken in Malaysia?

The national language of Malaysia is Malay, apart from being one of the two official languages. Also called Malaysian Malay or Malay, it is spoken by over 80% of the population. The second official language of Malaysia is English, which is also one of the most commonly spoken languages. The three main Malaysian languages are Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. The diverse Malaysian country is home to a diverse 137 living languages!

Malay - The Official Language of Malaysia

A billboard in Malay language, Malaysian languages
Source

Common Phrases and Translation

HelloHallo
WelcomeSelamatdatang
Good byeSelamatjalan/ selamattinggal
See you againJumpalagi
YesYa
NoTidak
Thank youTerimaKasih
How are you?Apakhabar?
I'm fineKhabarbaik
PleaseSila
My name is.....Namasayaialah…
Can you speak Bahasa Malaysia?BolehcakapMlayu?
I don’t understandSayatidakfaham
HelpTolong

English - Most Commonly Used Malaysian Language

Chinese

Chinese Signs, Malaysian languages
Chinese Signs (Source)

Common Phrases and Translations

HelloNǐhǎo (Nee how)
Thank youXièxiè (Shieh-shieh)
You're welcomeBù kèqì (Boo kuh-chi)
Good morningZǎo (Zhow)
My name is.....Wǒ jiào... (Wuh jeow...)
How much?Duō shǎo? (Dwuh shauw?)
I don't understandWǒ bù dǒng (Wuh boo dong)
YesShì (Sheh)
NoBù shì (Bu-sheh)
Good byeZàijiàn (Zhai-jian)

Tamil

Tamil billboard, Languages of Malaysia
A roadsign in Tamil (Source)
 
Common Phrases and Translation

Hello / WelcomeVanakkam
What?Enna?
Where?Yenga
How?Yeppadi?
Why?Yen/Yedhukku?
When?Yeppo?
ThanksNandri
SorryManichurunga / Manippu
You're very kind!Ungalai santhithathil magizhchi or Magizhchi!
Where are you from?Nienga engirundhu varrienga?

Indigenous Languages


Common Phrases and Translation in Iban

WelcomeSelamat Datai
How are you?Bakani gaya kitak?
My name is...Nama Aku
Where are you from?Dik datai ‘ari ni?
Good morningSelamat pagi
Good byeBetemu baru ila
Thank youTabik Basa
I don’t understandAku enda mereti
I don’t knowAku enda nemu

With these fundamental phrases in stock with you, you now have a basic idea on how to communicate in different languages of Malaysia on your next trip. These could help your trip become a little easier as these are quick conversation starters and can help you in your time of need. And as always, Google translator is always an option for you to consider!

This post was published by Shristi Jaiswal

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