Colloquial Malay: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Malay as it is written and spoken today.

Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Malay in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Colloquial Malay is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. 

Key features include:

  • A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
  • An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
  • Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
  • Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in Malay-speaking countries.
  • An overview of the sounds of Malay.

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Malay is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Malay.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

chapter 1|15 pages


Getting acquainted

chapter 2|19 pages

Maaf, saya tak faham

Sorry, I don't understand

chapter 3|16 pages

Mau ke mana?

Where to?

chapter 4|13 pages

Nak keluar makan?

Want to go out and eat?

chapter 5|14 pages



chapter 6|12 pages



chapter 7|16 pages

Bila sampai?

When did you arrive?

chapter 8|19 pages

Selamat Hari Raya?

Happy Eid

chapter 9|15 pages

Saya sakit kepala

I have a headache

chapter 10|14 pages

Ada macam-macam

There are all sorts of things

chapter 11|12 pages

Amboi, tinggi sungguh menara ni!

Wow, this tower is so tall!

chapter 12|8 pages

Tak apa!

Never mind!

chapter 13|11 pages


I don't know!

chapter 14|10 pages

Helo, boleh saya bantu?

Hello, can I help?

chapter 15|12 pages

Tiket dibeli minggu lepas

The tickets were bought last week