A Few Key Local Words You’ll Need

Bahasa Melayu

Here is a short list of words you’ll see on signs in Penang, Malaysia.  Hopefully this will kick start some language learning for you.

 

Amaran–Warning

Bandar–downtown area, city.  Equivalent to Indonesian “kota”

Bandara–airport

Gerai–eating stall or small restaurant

Jabatan–Office, e.g. Jabatan Pos means Post Office

Jambatan–bridge

Kedai–shop/store.  Equivalent to Indonesian “toko/warung”

KOMTAR–the hexagonal shapped skyscrapper in downtown Georgetown–key landmark.

Selekoh–tight turn, bend or curve in a road