A Step-By-Step Guide to Translate Malay To English With Correct Grammar

Familiarize Yourself with the Malay Language.

Before diving into translating Malay to English, it is important to familiarize yourself with the Malay language. Start by learning the alphabet, pronunciation and basic grammar rules associated with the language. Although you could use traditional translation tools as a quick solution, researching and understanding the language will help when attempting complicated translations later on. Additionally, becoming proficient in the language will also be useful for interacting with native speakers.

Research Malay Grammar Rules and Transliterations.

A reliable translation requires more than just an understanding of vocabulary and phraseology in both languages. It is essential to develop a strong grasp of the Malay language’s grammar rules and how words can be transliterated from one language to another. Developing an understanding of the syntax, tenses and parts of speech will help you accurately convey the meaning intended by the original speaker/writer. Research on available Malay to English transliteration dictionaries and compare them for accuracy when needed.

Connect With A Native Speaker for Help With Specific Words or Phrases.

Getting the help of a native Malay speaker can make all the difference, especially when it comes to certain words and phrases that could have multiple meanings, subtleties and nuances. Connecting with someone who truly understands the language is invaluable in this process. With their help and knowledge on specific dialects and pronunciations, you will be able to get a more accurate translation of Malay into English.

Utilize Translation Software or Apps to Polish Your Texts and Verify Accuracy.

Mobile translation apps like Vocre can be helpful to verify the accuracy of your translations. Although these services are not perfect, they offer a good starting point after you’ve done all that you can do to manually translate Malay into English. With these types of programs, you will easily see if there are any mistakes or incorrect words used in your final outputs. This way, you are guaranteed to deliver texts and messages with correct grammar and accurate meaning in English.

Practice and Develop Your Translation Skills with Exercise Materials or Jobs.

To further hone your Malay to English translation skills and accuracy, it is recommended that you take on practice exercises offering sentence or paragraph translations from Malay to English. You may also look for a translation job or go online to find exercise materials. Creating practice sheets of your own is another great way to make sure that you are improving your translation skills. Doing so also helps you learn about the different tenses and nuances between both languages, providing you with deeper linguistic insight into each word.

Vocre’s online translator app offers Malay to English translation as well as English translation services for dozens of other languages. Our tool is user friendly and offers both text translations as well as voice-to-text input, so you can get a translation for English to Malay with sound. Translate Malay and dozens of other languages.

Malay Speakers Around the World

Why do you need a Malay translation app? There are approximately 290,000,000 Malay speakers in the world. It is widely spoken in 12 countries throughout Southeast Asia and beyond, and there are more than 25,000 Malaysians living in the U.S. and tens of thousands in Europe and other areas. 

Countries Speaking Malay 

The Malay language is currently widely spoken in 12 countries (though it is also spoken in smaller communities in many others). The 12 countries where this language is most popular include Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Coco Island, Christmas Island, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Timor.


Malay to English Translation Tool 

Our tool offers a correct and precise translation. It works as both a translator app and a dictionary and is more accurate than most — thanks to our automatic translator feature. Look for a tool that translates English to Malay with sound, preferably. 

Our free online translator is also less expensive than hiring a speech translation service or professional translator for the English language (plus, you can’t keep a translator in your pocket!).

Download our app on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iOS. 


How Can I Translate English to Malay? 

Vocre’s app translates Malay words, phrases, and sentences into English. Choose voice-to-text or simply type directly into the app. You can choose Malay-to-English text translation or vice versa (or choose English to Malay with sound). Malay-to-English translation may not be as difficult as English to Persian or English to Khmer translation


Malay to English Translation: Speech-to-Text Feature

Translate to English using our speech-to-text (voice input) feature. Simply say words, sentences, or phrases into the app, and the tool will turn your words into text. It’s one of the easiest ways to translate languages — without wasting time typing. The best part? It’s cheaper than hiring Malay translators. 


Language Identifier Feature

One of our best features is our language identifier. Type in English and get Malay. No need to worry about choosing the right language (especially since typing Malay can be a little tricky). Our app does the hard work for you. You also don’t need a Malay keyboard on your phone to use this tool.

We also offer an offline mode to help travelers and communities without consistent access to Wifi Simply download the app when you have access to a wifi connection, and the features will still be available while you’re offline. 


Malay Voice Output Translation 

Vocre currently doesn’t support Malay voice output or English to Malay with sound — but we’re working on it!

One of our main goals is helping underserved communities get access to language translation software. If your language isn’t on our app, please let us know! We’re working diligently to make sure all languages get equal representation on our app.


Do You Have Other Translation Apps? 

Our Malay to English translation app is a one-stop-shop for translating dozens of languages! The typing input tool is one of the most popular features on our app (making it easier to translate words from the Malay dictionary into English) and includes an English translator as a paid upgrade within the app. Check out the other languages supported, too. 


Other Languages Supported

In addition to our Malay to English translation, our app supports languages, such as:


  • Chinese
  • Hindi 
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Arabic 
  • German
  • Korean 
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Filipino
  • Icelandic
  • Urdu
  • Czech
  • Polish
  • Swedish
  • Italian
  • Turkish
  • Hebrew
  • Romanian
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Thai
  • Lithuanian
  • Indonesian
  • Vietnamese
  • Bulgarian
  • Hungarian
  • Estonian
  • Ukrainian
  • Norwegian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian
  • Latvian
  • Slovak
  • Welsh
  • Albanian
  • Finnish
  • Macedonian
  • Slovenian
  • Catalan



Learn tips for learning new languages as well as common phrases like how to say hello in other languages.

For some languages, you can translate spoken words and phrases into the language and will hear the translation spoken aloud; for other languages, we currently only offer text translation. If you’re looking for English to Malay with sound, check back soon! 


Tips for Learning a New Language

Learning a new language seems like a daunting task — though it’s not, as long as you know what you’re doing. Luckily, we’ve been around the second-language rodeo a few times and have a few tips for learning a new language that’ll get you fluent in no time.


Learning a New Language Tip #1: Start Small

The Tower of Babel wasn’t built in a day (sorry, we had to!). Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to learn too much all at once. Start slow. Chunk your lessons.  


Learning a New Language Tip #2: Nail Pronunciation First

It’s harder to relearn improper pronunciation than it is to just learn the correct pronunciation the first time. Don’t try to sound words out; listen to them while looking at the word. Download an audio language translator, such as the Vocre app, available on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iOS – if you need help pronouncing words.


Learning a New Language Tip #3: Learn to Create Good Habits

According to habit researcher James Clear, you must do four things to develop good habits:


Make It Easy

Make learning a language as easy as possible by scheduling time to study; stick to your schedule and decide how much time you want to spend studying. Learning how to say hello in other languages or common Spanish phrases is easier than learning the whole language at once.

Make It Attractive

Make learning new languages fun! Throw theme nights; if you’re learning Spanish, invite guests over for dinner. Serve Spanish food and wine. Learn how to make Spanish cocktails, like sangria. Play music from different regions. 

Piggyback It

Always study your new language after a habit you’ve mastered, such as eating breakfast or brushing your teeth. Every time you brush your teeth, your brain will automatically know it’s time for your language lesson.

Do It Every Day 

New habits are a daily practice. Forget a day? Forget about your new habit! Try to add on to yesterday’s lesson instead of learning new material each day, too. You’ll end up ‘chunking’ your lesson into smaller bits — instead of taking on too much all at once.

Learning a New Language Tip #4: Discover Your Why

When you remember why you’re doing something, it’s just plain easier to do it. Maybe you want to learn French because you’re taking a road trip through the French countryside. Perhaps it’s that new promotion at work that’s fueling your second-language fire. Whatever your reason, write it down and look at it often to stay motivated.

Learning a New Language Tip #5: Download a Translation App

There are myriad reasons why a translation app can help you learn a new language. But the top two are:


  • Learning new words on the go
  • Nailing pronunciation


You’re going to inevitably wonder how to say everyday words in your new language throughout your day. Instead of looking these words up, we recommend checking out our language learning app instead and saving them for future study times.


Another great reason to download an app? You can check out the correct pronunciation of the word for easy reference. Many free apps aren’t accurate when it comes to pronunciation (we’re lookin’ at you, Google Translate).

Learning a New Language Tip #6: Conjugate Verbs Smarter — Not Harder

Instead of memorizing verb conjugations, learn how to conjugate each word manually when you first start learning a language. You’ll notice a pattern when conjugating verbs, and learning the pattern (instead of memorizing each conjugation) will help you crack that language’s conjugation code.

Learning a New Language Tip #7: Watch A Lot of TV

Finally, a reason to watch tons of TV! We recommend watching your favorite show (pick one episode you’ve seen a thousand times and know the plot by heart). Change the audio to your language of choice and start watching! If you’re just starting to learn your new language, feel free to turn on English subtitles for easy reference. Or, watch a foreign-language show.

Learning a New Language Tip #8: Read Your Favorite Kids’ Books

Kids’ books are a bit easier to translate than adult novels. Start out by reading “The Little Prince” in French or “Where the Wild Things Are” in Portuguese. Then, advance to the “Harry Potter” series or “The Boxcar Children.” You’ll get to reread your favorite kids’ books while learning new vocabulary.

Learning a New Language Tip #9: Find a Language Exchange Study Buddy

Want to learn conversational Spanish, French, German or Mandarin? Get a foreign-exchange study buddy! You’ll get to learn how the locals do it — all while making new friends. 

Learning a New Language Tip #10: Immerse Yourself in Your New Language

The best way to really learn a new language is to dive right in. If you can’t swing a trip to China this month, invite some Mandarin-speaking friends over and ask them to talk about a topic in their native language. Visit an international district in your city. Or, just pick up a newspaper in your desired language and start reading. 


It might seem daunting at first, but don’t get discouraged. Everyone feels like a fish out of water when they’re first learning a new language. Take it slow, pick out the words you know and save the words you don’t know for later. 

If you’re headed out of the country to immerse yourself in travel, check out our guide on the best travel apps for last-minute travel.


Common Chinese Phrases

Chinese is a beautiful (yet challenging) language. In addition to words, phrases and verb conjugations, you’ll need to learn an entirely new alphabet that’s comprised of symbols. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. These common Chinese phrases will get you started if you’re traveling east for business or pleasure.


Common Chinese Phrases: Greetings and Formalities

Looking for a crash-course in Mandarin? Don’t have time to learn an entirely new alphabet in a few weeks or days? These common Chinese phrases will get you started in case you’re traveling to China for a short trip. They’ll also impress your friends (and possibly even Chinese clients!). One of the best tips for learning a new language is immersing yourself in the culture.


Excuse me: láojià (劳驾)

Goodbye: zàijiàn (再见)

Hello: nǐ hǎo (你好)

How are you?: nǐ hǎo ma (你好吗)

I’m sorry: duì bu qǐ (对不起)

My name is: wǒ de míngzì shì (我的名字是)

Nice to meet you: hěn gāoxìng jiàn dào nǐ (很高兴见到你)

No: méiyǒu (没有)

No good: bù hǎo (不好)

Okay: hǎo (好)

Please: qǐng (请)

Thank you: xiè xie (谢谢)

Yes: shì (是)

You’re welcome: bú yòng xiè (不用谢)



Symbols Vs. Letters

The hardest part about learning common Chinese phrases is that you need to learn an entirely new alphabet in addition to new words — if you want to read and write in Mandarin. If you simply plan on memorizing the phonetic pronunciation of the word, you don’t really need to mess around with Chinese symbols too much.


The biggest difference between Chinese symbols and Western letters is that each symbol doesn’t represent a singular letter; it represents an entire concept. In addition to learning the symbols and words, you’ll also want to learn the more than 400 syllables that make up the language. 


Each Chinese syllable is also comprised of two parts: the sheng and yun (generally a syllable and a consonant). There are 21 shengs and 35 yuns in Chinese.


The best way to learn each? Take it step-by-step (and get some help along the way!).



Eating Out

Eating out in China can be slightly more challenging than in other countries (if you’re a westerner). Things move really fast in a Chinese restaurant and it’s easy to get mixed up. There are also many customs that westerners aren’t used to. You generally won’t ever need to ask for a menu because they’re almost always provided right away. 


Tipping is also not very common in most areas of China (especially ones that aren’t very touristy). Yet many westerners still want to leave gratuities, and leaving a small amount is appropriate.


Table for one: Yī zhuō (一桌)

How many people?: jǐ wèi (几位)

Have you eaten?: nǐ chī fàn le ma (你吃饭了吗)

I’d like a menu: bāng máng ná yī fèn cài dān (帮忙拿一个菜单)

I’m hungry: shí wǒ (饿)

What would you like?: Nín yào shénme?(您要什么)

Eat: chī ba (吃吧)

Waiter: fú wù yuán (服务员)

Gratuity: xiǎo fèi (费)

May I have the bill? mǎi dān (买单)

Spicy: là (辣)


Common Lodging Phrases 

If you’re checking into a large hotel in a touristy area, you won’t need to communicate in Chinese. Most hotel staff now know enough English to communicate with guests. But if you’re staying in a budget hotel or a hotel in a remote area, you might need a little Mandarin to get by. You might also need to know a little Mandarin if you’re checking into an Airbnb or home share. Many DIY hoteliers don’t know other languages — and generally don’t need to. 


Besides, you’ve come this far… why not try out your newfound skills with a local?


For these phrases, we have not included the Chinese characters along with the pinyin pronunciations as you won’t generally need to read or recognize these symbols as they won’t be posted on hotel signs generally.


I’m checking in: wǒ yào bàn rù zhù

I have a reservation: wǒ yù dìng le fáng jiān

I’d like to make a reservation: wǒ xiǎng yùdìng jīntiān wǎnshàng de fàndiàn

Do you have any vacancies?: yǒu kōng fáng jiān?

How do I get to the metro? Wǒ zěnme qù dìtiě

I need clean towels: Wǒ xūyào gānjìng de máojīn

I’m checking out: wǒ yào tuì fáng



Travel Phrases in Mandarin

Here are some common Chinese phrases you might need to use for basic travel throughout the country. If you’re trying to catch a taxi or pay for a souvenir, these will be extremely helpful. Of course, you can always download a translation app, such as the Vocre app, available on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iOS – to help you out, should you get stuck.


Where is the bathroom: Xǐshǒujiān zài nǎlǐ? (洗手间在哪里)

How much?/what is the cost?: Duō shǎo? (多少)

I don’t understand: Wǒ bù míngbái (我不明白)

Train: Péiyǎng (培养)

Taxi: Chūzū chē (出租车)

Car: Qìchē (汽车)

Wallet: Qiánbāo (钱包)

Bus: Zǒngxiàn (总线)

If you’re traveling to China soon, check out some of our other resources for travel, including the best travel apps for last-minute travel.

Headed to other areas of Asia? Check out our guide on Malay to English translation.

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