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Learn Malay through conversations

From the “Abode of Peace” Brunei to the ultra-modern paradise of Singapore, Malay is spoken over a large area of southeast Asia. Learning this fascinating tongue gives you limitless conversational possibilities with nearly 180 million people! Start learning Malay today, and in a short time you could be jetting around to exotic locales such as Malaysia, Sumatra, and even parts of Thailand and the Philippines.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Malay language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Malay culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Malay culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

Didn’t catch that? Hear it again at a conversational speed, hover over for phonetics, or click on the word for an articulated narration. Tone your accent against native speaker audio by activating the voice comparison tool.

Course Overview

Learn Malay language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Malay

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1People
  • 2Travel
  • 3Activities
  • 4Places
  • Chapter 1 - Who Are You?
  • Chapter 2 - Our Family
  • Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You
  • Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home
  • Chapter 5 - Where Did You Go to School?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”
  • Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money
  • Chapter 3 - In My Closet
  • Chapter 4 - Shop til you Drop
  • Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot
  • Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports
  • Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer
  • Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?
  • Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - Let's Eat
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That
  • Chapter 4 - Help!
  • Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Who Are You?

Conversational Goals

  • Greet others and bid them farewell
  • Introduce yourself
  • Meet new people

Grammar Goals

  • Apply the 1st and 2nd person pronouns saya and kamu
  • Identify subject pronouns
  • Identify the 5Ws in conversation
  • Introduce yourself by using Nama saya.... or Saya ...
  • Recognize the order of nouns and possessive pronouns in a sentence

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Our Family

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions regarding familial relationships
  • Describe someone in relation to family members
  • Introduce someone else

Grammar Goals

  • Apply the 3rd person pronoun: dia
  • Identify closed question formation ie. kamu ada adik lelaki?
  • Understand how to use "also" juga in a closed question
  • Use "here" di sini and "there" di situ

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate feelings
  • Describe physical characteristics
  • Express interest
  • Inquire about a stranger

Grammar Goals

  • Identify a clue word that indicates future tense: akan
  • Understand how to use preposition of movement: "for" untuk
  • Use stative verbs to express thoughts ie. rasa and ingin

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home

Conversational Goals

  • Explain that you are a non-native speaker
  • Identify languages and countries
  • Inquire about someone’s ability to speak a language
  • Say where you are from

Grammar Goals

  • Understand how to use the preposition of place ie. "from" dari
  • Use the present continuous tense
  • Use the relative pronoun yang to describe more about people or things

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where Did You Go to School?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss the merits of a school
  • Inquire about programs

Grammar Goals

  • Form simple object questions using Apa or Apakah
  • Identify the determiner "that" itu and understand its usage
  • Refer to specific places using the preposition "at": di
  • Use quantifiers

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for clarification
  • Provide and obtain new information
  • Request new vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Refer to "a person" with the quantifier seorang
  • Seek assistance from others by asking Bolehkah...? - "Can...?" and Sila - "Please"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money

Conversational Goals

  • Ask the price for something
  • Buy a ticket for travel
  • Count
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • Understand number formation from zero to one million
  • Understand passive voice

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - In My Closet

Conversational Goals

  • Express future plans
  • Identify various articles of clothing
  • Question statements made by others

Grammar Goals

  • Apply the conjunction "and" - dan
  • Recognize root words and their inflected forms

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Shop til you Drop

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire necessities
  • Find places to shop
  • Gather information from a native speaker
  • Inquire about shops in the local area

Grammar Goals

  • Apply prepositions of place
  • Understand the usage of the pronoun nya

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for and receive directions
  • Describe the location of one object in relation to another

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the determiner "this" ini and understand its usage
  • Identify the prefix ber
  • Understand imperative sentences
  • Use the 3rd person pronoun ia

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss sports and exercises.
  • Express time relationships.
  • Invite someone to join along.

Grammar Goals

  • Identify words that indicate past perfect tense ie. telah , sudah , dah
  • Understand plural noun formation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer

Conversational Goals

  • Ask about vacations and seasonal opportunities
  • Discuss the four seasons
  • Discuss the months of the year

Grammar Goals

  • Make sentences with gerunds and infinitives using " gemar +verb" and " suka +verb"
  • Understand how to form a superlative adjective using ter

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse about the days of the week
  • Make plans for the weekend
  • Talk about age and birthdays

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize the function of the prefix ber
  • Recognize the informal 1st person and 2nd person pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party

Conversational Goals

  • Make future plans
  • Tell time.

Grammar Goals

  • Form simple closed questions using "Should I..." Haruskah saya...
  • Inquire about time using Pukul berapa...

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place

Conversational Goals

  • Prepare for a departure
  • Strengthen relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Understand and ask open questions using "when" bila
  • Use adverbs ie. sungguh , begitu to describe an intense situation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for medication
  • Describe symptoms
  • Speak to a pharmacist

Grammar Goals

  • Form simple sentences with one subject and predicate
  • Understand and build noun phrases

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Let's Eat

Conversational Goals

  • Identify items on the dinner table
  • Offer assistance
  • Order a meal
  • Understand the customs of local dining

Grammar Goals

  • Ask direct question using "May I..."
  • Recognize different quantifiers used for drinks
  • Use informal 2nd person pronoun kau in speech

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That

Conversational Goals

  • Explain that you require a special diet
  • Give compliments
  • Reference senses

Grammar Goals

  • Express an intense situation using the adverb "very" sangat
  • Tell others about yourself using "I am a..." saya seorang...

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions
  • Declare that a problem exists
  • State that you do not know something

Grammar Goals

  • Identify clue words that indicate past tense ie. tadi
  • Understand the structure of compound sentences using the conjuntion "and" dan

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?

Conversational Goals

  • Answer questions
  • Request emergency aid

Grammar Goals

  • Make use of inflected verbs with prefix me in speech
  • Understand that verbs with prefix ter can also mean unintentional action

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