This is the smartphone version. The earlier and fuller version, which discusses the Indonesian language as well, can be found here.
|He/She is English.||Dia orang Inggeris.|
|I am Malaysian.||Saya orang Malaysia*.|
|Are you French?||Anda orang Peranciskah?|
|They are Spanish.||Mereka orang Sepanyol.|
|Her husband is Japanese.||Suaminya orang Jepun.|
orang Inggeris = Englishman or Englishwoman
orang Malaysia = Malaysian
orang Perancis = French
orang Sepanyol = Spanish
suaminya = Her husband
orang Jepun = Japanese
1. As you have seen earlier the pronoun dia (third person singular) can refer to a woman as well as a man. Thus:
Dia orang Amerika. = He/She is American.
Dia orang Jerman. = He/She is German.
Dia orang Belanda. = He/She is Dutch.
Dia orang Rusia. = He/She is Russian.
Note that the pronunciation and spelling of Russia is changed to conform with Malay pronunciation (roo-si-ah) and spelling (only one S).
Dia orang Singapura. = He/She is Singaporean.
Dia orang Thai. = He/She is Thai.
Dia orang Mesir. = He/She is Egyptian.
Dia orang Israel. (pronounced in 3 syllables i.e. Is-ra-el) = He/She is Israelite.
A more common word for this is orang Yahudi (Jew).
A word to describe a person's race is bangsa eg. Dia bangsa Cina. = He (or She) is Chinese or Dia bangsa Melayu. = He (or She) is Malay.
2. Note how a question can easily be formed from a statement by adding the question tag kah at the end. Thus:
Anda orang Perancis. (= You are French.)
Anda orang Peranciskah? (= Are you French?)
Do note however that you do not really need to add the suffix kah to turn the statement into a question. As in most languages, a rising tone on the last syllable of the statement is sufficient to indicate that it is a question. Thus Anda orang Perancis? (= Are you French?)
3. Note also that in this type of sentences the verb "to be" is not needed in Malay and that kah is tagged on to the word preceding it and does not stand by itself.
4. The word for a foreigner is orang asing but you might often hear people talking about orang putih (literally: white person) or mat salih. They are referring to Caucasians (as opposed to Asians). Note that Caucasian is used here to mean one of the main ethnic divisions of the human race or what is loosely called the white race.
Incidentally, with the large number of Africans (mostly from Nigeria) living in Malaysia over the past decade or two, a new term has been created to refer to them. You will learn about it in the lesson on colours later.
5. You should find the word Inggeris very easy to remember as it is the Malay spelling for "English" (ok, I agree with you, it is not an exact phonetic reproduction as the final "sh" sound becomes "s"). This is because in the Malay language the "sh" sound must always be followed by a vowel eg. syarat or mesyuarat. More of this in Lesson 49.
6. Saudi Arabia in Malay is Arab Saudi.
7. Morocco in Malay is negara Maghribi.
Recapitulation: After studying lessons 2 and 4 you would have noticed that names of languages always start with the word bahasa and nationalities with the word orang or rakyat (see note below). The same principle applies to the names of countries. These start with the word negara or negeri . The following table will help you understand better. And if you don't find your country here the chances are the name of the country is retained as it is and used with the appropriate word eg. if you are from Sweden you are orang Sweden or rakyat Sweden, your language is bahasa Sweden and your country is negara Sweden or negeri Sweden. The spelling though is sometimes changed to be in line with the Malay sound thus Canada becomes Kanada, America becomes Amerika and German becomes Jerman.
The word bangsa is also sometimes used to describe a person's nationality though it is best to keep it to describe his race eg. a Malaysian can be Malay (bangsa Melayu), Indian (bangsa India) or Chinese (bangsa Cina) but they are all rakyat Malaysia.
But perhaps it is easier (and clearer) if you just ask the person where he comes from. In Malay this would be Anda berasal dari mana? The full answer would be Saya berasal dari Perancis (if you are from France).
In the table under the column with the heading "In Malay" below, you can easily replace negara with negeri. The two words are quite often interchangeable.
Note that as negeri is also used for each of the states in Malaysia eg. negeri Pinang (Penang) or negeri Kedah perhaps it is better to stick to negara Malaysia for the country.
If you want to stress that you are a citizen of your country (and not simply someone who comes from that country) just replace orang with rakyat.
|Country:||In Malay:||Its language:||Its people:|
|Malaysia||negara Malaysia*||bahasa Malaysia||orang Malaysia|
|France||negara Perancis||bahasa Perancis||orang Perancis|
|Spain||negara Sepanyol||bahasa Sepanyol||orang Sepanyol|
|Holland||negara Belanda||bahasa Belanda||orang Belanda|
|Germany||negara Jerman||bahasa Jerman||orang Jerman|
|Russia||negara Rusia||bahasa Rusia||orang Rusia|
|China||negara China||bahasa Cina||orang Cina|
|England||negara England||bahasa Inggeris||orang Inggeris|
|America||negara Amerika***||bahasa Inggeris||orang Amerika|
|Italy||negara Itali||bahasa Itali||orang Itali|
|Japan||negara Jepun||bahasa Jepun||orang Jepun|
|the Philippines||negara Filipina||bahasa Filipina||orang Filipina|
|Thailand||negara Thai||bahasa Thai||orang Thai|
|Australia||negara Australia||bahasa Inggeris||orang Australia|
|Portugal||negara Portugal||bahasa Portugis||orang Portugis|
*The final syllable of the word Malaysia is pronounced variously as "siah", "seer" and sometimes "sheer".
**In the case of China the name of the country retains its original spelling but the language and the people are spelt according to Malay spelling rules (i.e. Cina). Note that this rule is not always observed and the country is often spelt as Cina too.
***More usually referred to as Amerika Syarikat (United States of America).
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