If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re interested in learning more about the Malay relationship vocabulary. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!
Are you planning to travel for the first time to Malaysia? One thing that you should learn first is the Malay language. Malay is the national language of Malaysia and one of the few languages throughout the world that has continued to evolve as a spoken language in a region that has been exposed to multiple languages and cultures. Because of this, the Malay language has a rich and diverse vocabulary that’s not just related to love and relationships but also to friends, family, and society in general.
When it comes to relationships, language can be tricky. There are so many different words for love and compatibility. The problem is that these words differ from culture to culture, making it difficult for two people from different backgrounds to communicate about their relationships.
Malaysian language (Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia) and culture are rich in terms of family ties and values. These values are reflected in the many words in the Malay language that describe different family relationships. For example, some words describe the relationship between parents and their children, as well as between siblings.
Let's look at some important and common words and phrases concerning family relationships that can be used in both Malay spoken contexts as well as formal contexts.
Ex. His mother, father, and sister are his family members.
Ibu, ayah, dan kakaknya adalah ahli keluarganya.
Ex. My best friend has a younger sibling.
Kawan baik saya mempunyai seorang adik.
Ex. His elder brother is very good at maths.
Abangnya sangat mahir dalam matematik.
Ex. I love my mother.
Saya sayangkan ibu saya.
Ex. I love my father.
Saya sayang ayah saya.
Ex. I have a younger brother.
Saya mempunyai seorang adik lelaki.
Ex. I have a big sister.
Saya mempunyai seorang kakak.
Ex. They have a child.
Mereka mempunyai seorang anak.
Ex. His grandpa and grandma are his grandparents.
Datuk dan neneknya ialah datuk dan neneknya.
Ex. My grandma is very old.
Nenek saya sudah sangat tua.
Ex. His grandpa likes to play chess.
Ex. Her aunt is very beautiful.
Makcik dia sangat cantik.
Ex. My uncle is a very smart man.
Pakcik saya seorang yang sangat bijak.
Ex. I love playing with my nephew.
Saya suka bermain dengan anak saudara saya.
Ex. I love playing with my niece.
Saya suka bermain dengan anak saudara saya.
In many societies, a key to happiness has strong, solid friendships. Friends come in all shapes and sizes; they can be anything from siblings to neighbors to fellow workers. They might even be total strangers who live in different parts of the country. But the important thing is that they’re friends. Malay culture places a high value on friendships.
Ex. He/She is my friend.
Dia adalah kawan saya.
Ex. I value our friendship.
Saya menghargai persahabatan kita.
Ex. He is my acquaintance.
Dia adalah kenalan saya.
4. Best Friend/Kawan Baik
Ex. My best friend is really clever.
Kawan baik saya memang pandai.
5. A Close Friend/Kawan Rapat
Ex. He is my close friend.
Dia kawan rapat saya.
6. Circle Of Friends/Bulatan Kawan
Ex. She has a big circle of friends.
Dia mempunyai kumpulan kawan yang besar.
The language of love is complex, with many different words for different stages in the relationship. When discussing romantic relationships in Malaysia, certain phrases are often used to describe the type of relationship you have with your partner. This article lists some common phrases that you might hear when discussing romantic relationships in Malaysia.
Ex. He/She is single.
Ex. They are dating.
Mereka sedang berpacaran.
3. In A Relationship/Dalam Perhubungan
Ex. Are they in a relationship?
Adakah mereka mempunyai hubungan?
4. Mutual Affection/Saling Menyayangi
Ex. There's mutual affection between them.
Ada rasa sayang antara mereka.
5. In Love/Dilamun Cinta
Ex. I am so in love.
Saya sangat jatuh cinta.
6. Out Of Love/Putus Cinta
Ex. He fell out of love.
Dia putus cinta.
7. Fall In Love/Jatuh Cinta
Ex. I can't wait to fall in love again.
Saya tidak sabar untuk jatuh cinta lagi.
8. Boyfriend/Teman Lelaki
Ex. He is my boyfriend.
Dia adalah teman lelaki saya.
9. Girlfriend/Teman Wanita
Ex. She is my girlfriend.
Dia teman wanita saya.
Ex. He is my husband.
Dia adalah suami saya.
Ex. She is my wife.
Dia adalah isteri saya.
Ex. They recently got engaged.
Mereka baru-baru ini bertunang.
Ex. They got married.
Mereka sudah berkahwin.
14. Break Up/Untuk Berpisah
Ex. They will have to break up.
Mereka perlu berpisah.
15. Get Back Together/Kembali Bersama
Ex. I hope they get back together.
Saya harap mereka kembali bersama.
Ex. My best friend is divorced.
Kawan baik saya sudah bercerai.
Ex. Her husband died and she's a widow.
Suaminya meninggal dunia dan dia seorang janda.
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