Language

October 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Visitor Info

Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the official language, but English is widely spoken. Mandarin, Chinese dialects and native languages of Borneo are also spoken by segments of the population.

Any small effort to demonstrate your enthusiasm for learning Brunei’s culture will be most appreciated by the Bruneians, who have a deep respect for their centuries-rich Malay culture. While no Bruneian expects a visitor to have mastered the Malay language and most speak at least conversational English, a few useful words and phrases will help make your stay even more enjoyable.

ENGLISH MALAY
Good morning Selamat Pagi
Good afternoon Selamat Petang
Good night Selamat Malam
Thank you Terimah Kasih
You’re welcome Sama-sama
What is your name? Siapa Nama Awda?
My name is … Nama saya …
Excuse me Maafkan saya
Yes Ya
No Tidak
How much? Berapa?
Where is the toilet? Di mana tandas?
I want to go … Saya mahu pergi ke …
Turn right Belok ke kanan
Turn left Belok ke kiri
Go straight Jalan terus

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