Malay Language Course

This course has been developed to provide beginners with a comprehensive and progressive introduction to the Malay Language. Students will acquire all basic Malay language skills including reading, writing, speaking and listening. Emphasis will be placed on conversational skills based on various situations and the use of Malay in practical everyday communication. While the focus of the course is on the correct usage of the Malay language in Singapore, regional varieties such as Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia will also be discussed. By the end of the course, students will be acquainted with over 400 words of the Malay Language and will be able to:

  • Identify and produce sounds in the Malay Language.
  • Read simple phrases and sentences.
  • Communicate adequately in everyday situations.
  • Write short messages.

Duration: 16 – 32 weeks

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to the Malay Language and regional varieties.
  • Pronunciation and the Malay system of sounds
  • Welcome to Singapore
    • Greeting people
    • Introducing yourself and others
    • Saying where you come from
  • Arrivals
    • Using less formal yes/no questions
    • Showing possession
  • Meet the family
    • Talking about members of your family
    • Expressing where things are in your house
    • Saying the numbers 1 to 10
  • Sightseeing
    • Asking what there is to see and do
    • Expressing existence
    • Using numbers 1 to 99
    • Telling the time
    • Saying the days of the week
  • Invitations
    • Making, accepting and declining an invitation
    • Giving reasons
    • Saying the months
  • Directions
    • Asking for directions
    • Understanding the directions you are given
  • Changing money
    • Understanding and expressing high numbers
    • Expressing distance, weight, height, etc.
  • Getting around
    • Buying tickets for journeys
    • Talking about using various modes of transport
    • Using more time expressions
  • Tell me about yourself
    • Giving information about yourself and asking about other people
    • Expressing nationalities and languages
    • Asking basic questions
  • At work and at school
    • Talking about your job and asking about what other people do
    • Expressing your capabilities
    • Talking about education and study
  • Checking in
    • Getting rooms in a hotel
    • Asking about services
    • Saying what you usually do
  • Bargain hunting
    • Going shopping for clothes
    • Talking about sizes, colours, and what things are made of
    • Bartering with a street seller
  • Eating out
    • Understanding a Malay menu
    • Ordering food in restaurants and from street vendors
  • At the supermarket
    • Shopping for food at a shop or supermarket
    • Understanding a Malay recipe
  • Hobbies and leisure
    • Talking about likes, dislikes and favourites in detail
    • Saying what your hobbies are and what sports you do
    • Saying how long something has been happening
  • At the doctor’s
    • Talking about your body
    • Saying how you feel
    • Talking about various common ailments
    • Dealing with a visit to the doctor
    • Talking on the telephone

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