The main languages spoken in Kuala Lumpur or KL are English and Bahasa Malaysia (Malay). You will have no problem communicating with the people here in English. But you have to put in your mind that the language in Kuala Lumpur are mixed between English and Malay. So you don’t have to worry to speak English to get the respond from them.

However, once you’ve discovered KL and its amusing urban vibe, you’ll find that KL’s actual language is ‘Manglish’ – a heady mix of the Queen’s English infused with KL’s own street slang and character. Want to sound like a KLite? Just add a resounding “lah” at the end of your sentence and you’re good to go. Give it a try lah!

As you know this little info about the common language in Kuala Lumpur city, and most of it brought from Visit KL site, and justified by our view in Joy Malaysia, because our main mission is to bring the joyful to you in your trip to Kuala Lumpur.

The following commonly used words and phrases in English and its translation in Bahasa Malaysia can be useful to you:

English Malay
• Good Morning • Selamat Pagi
• Good Afternoon / Evening • Selamat Petang
• Good Night • Selamat Malam
• Goodbye • Selamat Tinggal
• Welcome • Selamat Datang
• How do you do? • Apa Khabar?
• Thank you • Terima kasih
• You are welcome • Sama-sama
• I’m sorry / Excuse me • Maafkan saya
• Can you help me? • Bolehkah kamu tolong saya?
• Yes • Ya
• No • Tidak
• Left • Kiri
• Right • Kanan
• Stop • Berhenti
• How much is the fair? • Berapakah tambangnya?
• I don’t understand • Saya tidak faham
• Where is …? • Di manakah …?
• Road / Street • Jalan

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