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English to Bahasa Malaysia phrasebook – Part 2: Numbers, days, & months

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For this edition, we’re going back to basics.

Knowing numbers in BM will definitely come in handy at some point during your time here, especially when you’re shopping. You’ll find that the structure of numbers in BM is similar to that in English.

The world ‘puluh’ is used for tenths; so twenty, thirty, forty translates to (insert BM word for 2, 3, or 4) puluh – e.g dua puluh, tiga puluh, empat puluh. The same goes for hundred and thousand. You’ll find these words in the phrasebook below.

The weird ones are 10, 11, 100, 1000, and so on which translate to sepuluh (10), sebelas (11), seratus (100), seribu (1000). ‘Se-‘ is a prefix used to indicated the quantity of one. For example, seratus means one hundred. The prefix can be used with other words as well, but that’s a lesson for a different time.

English Bahasa Malaysia
One Satu
Two Dua
Three Tiga
Four Empat
Five Lima
Six Enam
Seven Tujuh
Eight Lapan
Nine Sembilan
Ten Sepuluh
Eleven Sebelas
Twelve Dua belas
-teen (eg. thirteen) -belas (eg. Tiga belas)
-ty (eg twenty) -puluh (eg. Dua puluh)
Thirty Tiga puluh
Forty Empat puluh
Fifty Lima puluh
One hundred Seratus
Two hundred Dua ratus
Three hundred Tiga ratus
One thousand Seribu
Two thousand Dua ribu
Three thousand Tiga ribu

Now that you know the basic numbers in BM, you can start on more complex values. Let’s take 753 as an example. In English, that’s seven hundred fifty three. Now, all you have to do is replace those words with the the BM equivalent – tujuh ratus lima puluh tiga. With a little practice, you’ll be able to count in BM in no time at all.

Days and months

Here we have all the days of the week and some extras that you need. Days are very different in Malay but months are pretty much the same as in English, the only difference being how it’s spelled, so that shouldn’t be too difficult.

As for telling time, you can use numbers. For example, 3.45pm is simply tiga(3), empat puluh lima (45).
It’s also important to note that when saying three o’clock, the words ‘o’clock’ becomes pukul and it has to come before you state the time. So, 3.45pm is pukul tiga empat puluh lima.

English Bahasa Malaysia
Monday Isnin
Tuesday Selasa
Wednesday Rabu
Thursday Khamis
Friday Jumaat
Saturday Sabtu
Sunday Ahad
January Januari
February Februari
March Mac
April April
May Mei
June Jun
July Julai
August Ogos
September September
October Oktober
November November
December Disember
Day Hari
Week Minggu
Month Bulan
Year Tahun
Yesterday Semalam
Today Hari ini
Tomorrow Esok
Earlier (as in just now) Tadi
Later Nanti
Now Sekarang
After Selepas
Before Sebelum


If you need any clarification, leave a comment down below and we’ll try out best to help you unravel the mysteries of BM. Check out the entire series of English to BM Phrasebooks here.

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