More Bahasa Malaysia Video "Flashcards"


Estimating Distance


Keywords : Where, this place, is it far, near, far, here there

When asking people who don't use the Terminator's gadget, it's difficult to coax/press them to be more precise.  There are two words for "there" in bahasa Malaysia : situ for a distance where you can see the target while sana is usually located beyond your sight range.  There are times, I didn't listen carefully to instructions when I was in rural areas, and found myself walking forever and still not reaching my destination.




Human Males and Females


Keywords : Male, females, child, adult, man, woman, boy, girl, young person, old person.


In Indonesian Malay, man is " pria".  It took me quite a while to get used to as I read Indonesian literature.





Common Titles of Common People

Key words : Sir, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Uncle, Auntie, Friend, How to address a young child, How to address an older woman without offending her, How to/not address an older man.


Indonesians use "bapak" for Mr and "ibu" for Mrs, while we don't. This is one of the common differences between Indonesian and our Malay language.


Note: Here's an article on titles of very important Malaysian people.





Family

Key words: Family, husband, wife, father, mother, child, son, daughter, older brother, younger brother, older sister, younger sister - the immediate family.





Relatives

Keywords: Relatives, grandfather, grandmother, grandchild, parent's brother, parent's sister, nephew and niece, cousin, all your in-laws.





Water Temperature

In my hometown getting coffee shop people to understand my desired water temperature can be rocket science.


keywords: hot, cold, warm/lukewarm, very hot, very cold, a bit hot, ab it cold, not hot enough, not cold enough, warm water, very cold water please, this water is not hot enough!





Laundry

Keywords: Laundry, soak, wash, hand wash, scrub, rinse, dry, dry in the sun, hang clothes, iron, fold.




Laundry - Listening Skill

This is a sample listening exercise, future production depends on visitors' request.







Get a Bus

Keywords : Charter a bus, chartered bus, transportation, bas fare, mini bus, how much, one ringgit


Note subtle differences between the verb charter bus and chartered bus, mini bus is a phrase quite confusing to some speakers of the English language. All the keywords help to build several sentences to ask about the bus fare.




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