50+ Easy Common Malayalam Vocabs You Should Master

Looking to learn some of the common Malayalam vocabs? ഹലോ (halēā), ദയവായി (dayavāyi), ക്ഷമിക്കണം (kṣamikkaṇaṁ), and നന്ദി (nandi), which means hello, please, sorry, and thank you respectively are some of the essential Malayalam words that every beginner should know. While these may seem simple, the locals find it really interesting when travelers try their best to use these in their interactions. So, if you want to get on their good side, learning Malayalam vocabulary can undoubtedly take you far. Ready to learn more? 

Covering from most commonly used words to words and phrases that locals use daily, this blog will give you an insight into the Malayalam language with proper pronunciation examples and translations. Keep reading below! So, if you are eager to learn, buckle up and get ready to ride into the world of the Malayalam language.

Is Learning The Malayalam Language Difficult?

When it comes to learning a new language, no doubt, the journey will never be a smooth ride. Learning Dravidian languages can quickly become tedious, especially for native English speakers with minimal touch with the Sanskritic world.

Malayalam is the official state language of the South Indian State of Kerala. It is considered one of the most complex languages to learn among the other Dravidian languages. It is a language with a different and unique alphabet set, additional letters, and complicated grammar that is quite distinct from what we see in other languages. The language is also known for its different dialects, from North Kerala and Malabar to all social dialects that take different shapes concerning different religions and caste.

However, learning Malayalam is not impossible. With proper guidance, translations, and grammatical explanations, one can successfully master the language just like any other language. The beauty of its unique grammar and literature makes the language even more appealing and attractive for people eager to connect with its native speakers truly. Thus, before you land in India’s holy land, you must look inside its language and culture.

And to make it easier for you, this blog has prepared all the necessary items you need to learn Malayalam with proper meaning and translation. Although learning some common Malayalam words is just a baby step, it is worth the time and practice. So, let’s get right into learning Malayalam.

Common Malayalam Vocabs

 

Malayalam common vocab

First, let us know some of the essential Malayalam words with proper English translations. And as we all know, when it comes to learning the Malayalam language or any new language, learning the basic greetings can help you get started. In the first part of this section, we will introduce some greetings words followed by common words under different categories.

Greetings In Malayalam

1. ഹലോ (Halēā)

The first word you need to greet someone new is the word halēā. The word halēā means Hello in English, which you can use in formal and informal situations. It is a simple greeting word like Hey and Hi. Although, in this generation, you would see many people saying even Hi and Hello, it is pretty standard for them to use western words.

2. സുപ്രഭാതം (Suprabhātaṁ)

Next up is the word സുപ്രഭാതം (suprabhātaṁ), which means Good Morning. Locals commonly use it to wish and greet each other in the morning, and especially when you encounter an older person, it is quite polite to wish them using suprabhātaṁ.

3. ശുഭ രാത്രി (Subha rātri)

Just like suprabhātaṁ, ശുഭ രാത്രി (śubha rātri) is also used when it comes to greeting someone at night or wishing them a good sleep. And it is also applicable for informal and formal settings, although people mostly use such phrases in formal settings. 

4. എന്തൊക്കെയുണ്ട് (Enteākkeyuṇṭ)

Apart from the good morning and good night words, you also need to know how to start a conversation. And to do so, the best possible choice is to ask how the other person is doing. So, use the words enteākkeyuṇṭ, which means “How are you” in English. 

5. താങ്കളെ കണ്ടതിൽ സന്തോഷം (Tāṅkaḷe kaṇṭatil santēāṣaṁ)

Whenever you meet someone, be it your friends or strangers, it is always kind and polite to end the conversation with a generous phrase like “It’s nice to meet you.” And in the Malayalam language, you say it as താങ്കളെ കണ്ടതിൽ സന്തോഷം (tāṅkaḷe kaṇṭatil santēāṣaṁ). Our tip here is that you can consider using this expression to leave a solid impression.

6. വീണ്ടും കാണാം (Vīṇṭuṁ kāṇāṁ)

After you have ended a meeting, another phrase that you can use to impress the partner is vīṇṭuṁ kāṇāṁ. It means “See you again” and shows you are eager to meet the person again.

7. ഒരു നല്ല ദിനം ആശംസിക്കുന്നു (oru nalla dinaṁ āśansikkunnu)

What better way to send someone off than saying ഒരു നല്ല ദിനം ആശംസിക്കുന്നു (oru nalla dinaṁ āśansikkunnu)? The sentence means “Have a good day,” and it is something you must memorize and use in front of the Malayalam speakers once you are in Kerala.

Well, these are some of the greeting vocab that you should learn. Now, we will move on to different words that are regularly used by the locals and that you will constantly need.

Common Malayalam Household Vocabs

English Malayalam Script Pronunciation
Bedroom കിടപ്പുമുറി kiṭappumuṟi
Bathroom കുളിമുറി kuḷimuṟi
Bed കിടക്ക kiṭakka
Chair ചെയർ ceyar
Closet ക്ലോസറ്റ് klēāsaṟṟ
House വീട് vīṭ
Livingroom സന്ദര്ശകമുറി sandarśakamuṟi
Kitchen അടുക്കള aṭukkaḷa
Stairs പടികൾ paṭikaḷ
Table മേശ mēśa
Toilet ടോയ്ലറ്റ് ṭēāylaṟṟ
Wall മതിൽ matil

Food-Related Vocabs

English Malayalam Pronunciation
Bake ചുടേണം cuṭēṇaṁ
Cook പാചകം ചെയ്യുക pācakaṁ ceyyuka
Eggs മുട്ടകൾ muṭṭakaḷ
Fish മത്സ്യം matsyaṁ
Fruits പഴങ്ങൾ paḻaṅṅaḷ
Grains ധാന്യങ്ങൾ dhān’yaṅṅaḷ
Juice ജ്യൂസ് jyūs
Meat മാംസം mānsaṁ
Noodles നൂഡിൽസ് nūḍils
Roast വറുക്കുക vaṟukkuka
Soup സൂപ്പ് sūpp
Toast ടോസ്റ്റ് ṭēāsṟṟ
Vegetables പച്ചക്കറികൾ paccakkaṟikaḷ

Travel Vocabs

English Malayalam Pronunciation
Airport വിമാനത്താവളം vimānattāvaḷaṁ
Baggage ബാഗ് bāg
Beach ബീച്ച് bīcc
Depart പുറപ്പെടുക puṟappeṭuka
Flight ഫ്ലൈറ്റ് phlaiṟṟ
Hotel ഹോട്ടൽ hēāṭṭal
Journey യാത്രയെ yātraye
Money പണം paṇaṁ
Mountain പർവ്വതം parvvataṁ
Public പൊതു peātu
Transport ഗതാഗതം gatāgataṁ
Tourist ടൂറിസ്റ്റ് ṭūṟisṟṟ

Relationship Vocabs

English Malayalam Pronunciation
Brother സഹോദരൻ sahēādaran
Daughter മകൾ makaḷ
Father അച്ഛൻ acchan
Family കുടുംബം kuṭumbaṁ
Friends സുഹൃത്തുക്കൾ suhr̥ttukkaḷ
Junior ഇളമുറയായ iḷamuṟayāya
Mother അമ്മ am’ma
Niece മരുമകൾ marumakaḷ
Nephew മരുമകൻ marumakan
Relative ബന്ധു bandhu
Sister സഹോദരി sahēādari
Son മകൻ makan
Teacher ടീച്ചർ ṭīccar

Other Essential Malayalam Vocabs

Malayalam common vocab

While the words mentioned above are some of the most commonly used terms you must learn before your trip, there are more that you should be aware of. To give yourself an insight into those different words, look at the table below and try to memorize the words. It will come in quite handy and will help you in many situations.

English Malayalam Pronunciation
Air വായു vāyu
Box പെട്ടി peṭṭi
Book പുസ്തകം pustakaṁ
Bottle കുപ്പി kuppi
Boy ആൺകുട്ടി āṇkuṭṭi
Cage കൂട്ടിൽ kūṭṭil
Cattle കന്നുകാലികൾ kannukālikaḷ
Door വാതിൽ vātil
Girl പെൺകുട്ടി peṇkuṭṭi
Gate ഗേറ്റ് gēṟṟ
Jacket ജാക്കറ്റ് jākkaṟṟ
Laptop ലാപ്ടോപ്പ് lāpṭēāpp
Laugh ചിരിക്കുക cirikkuka
Newspaper പത്രം patraṁ
Phone ഫോൺ phēāṇ
Pot കലം kalaṁ
Queen രാജ്ഞി rājñi
Road റോഡ് ṟēāḍ
Ride സവാരി savāri
School സ്കൂൾ skūḷ
Scream നിലവിളിക്കുക nilaviḷikkuka
Shoe ഷൂ ṣū
Temple ക്ഷേത്രം kṣētraṁ
Utensil പാത്രം pātraṁ
Uniform ഒരേപോലെ orēpēāle
Welcome സ്വാഗതം svāgataṁ
Woman സ്ത്രീ strī

Basic Phrases In Malayalam

English Malayalam Pronunciation
Welcome to Kerala കേരളത്തിലേക്ക് സ്വാഗതം kēraḷattilēkk svāgataṁ
Do you read books? നിങ്ങൾ പുസ്തകങ്ങൾ വായിക്കാറുണ്ടോ? niṅṅaḷ pustakaṅṅaḷ vāyikkāṟuṇṭēā?
Such a lovely girl അത്തരമൊരു സുന്ദരിയായ പെൺകുട്ടി attarameāru sundariyāya peṇkuṭṭi
I always read the newspaper ഞാൻ എപ്പോഴും പത്രം വായിക്കാറുണ്ട് ñān eppēāḻuṁ patraṁ vāyikkāṟuṇṭ
I love South Indian food എനിക്ക് സൗത്ത് ഇന്ത്യൻ ഫുഡ് ഇഷ്ടമാണ് enikk satt intyan phuḍ iṣṭamāṇ
The fruits are fresh പഴങ്ങൾ പുതിയതാണ് paḻaṅṅaḷ putiyatāṇ
I love to travel ഞാൻ യാത്ര ചെയ്യാൻ ഇഷ്ട്ടപ്പെടുന്നു ñān yātra ceyyān iṣṭṭappeṭunnu
I need a hotel എനിക്കൊരു ഹോട്ടൽ വേണം enikkeāru hēāṭṭal vēṇaṁ
A box full of chocolates ഒരു പെട്ടി നിറയെ ചോക്ലേറ്റ് oru peṭṭi niṟaye cēāklēṟṟ
I missed my flight എനിക്ക് ഫ്ലൈറ്റ് കിട്ടാതെപോയി enikk phlaiṟṟ kiṭṭātepēāyi
Thank you for the visit സന്ദർശനത്തിന് നന്ദി sandarśanattin nandi

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