Item description for Everyday Malay: Phrase Book and Dictionary by Thomas G. Oey, Ph.D. & Sharifah Zahrah Alwee Alkadri...
Knowing a few simple phrases of Malay opens up an entirely new, more fulfilling travel experience. Malaysians love it if you can communicate in their language and in only a few short hours this book allows you to do just that.
Everyday Malay is designed specifically with the visitor in mind and contains everything you need to begin communicating effectively from the very first day. Vocabulary and phrases are given in order of importance, so you learn the essentials first. A bilingual dictionary at the back contains 2,000 of the most commonly used Malay words. Also included are extensive notes on grammar, etiquette, body language, and cultural do's and don'ts that will make your visit go more smoothly.
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Studio: Periplus Editions
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2004
Publisher Periplus Editions
ISBN 9625935339 ISBN13 9789625935331
Availability 0 units.
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Excellent product Mar 24, 2007
I am a person that traditionally really dislikes phrasebooks, but this book is an excellent example of how a phrasebook should be written. Most phrasebooks just recite words or sentences, and the learner has no idea what each part of the sentence means. While a typical phrasebook may teach someone how to recite something verbatim, the learner will have no idea how the language works grammatically and thus cannot communicate effectively. This book is excellent because it provides a very good grammatical foundation for the phrases. It also has helpful, but not too complex, explanations for the phrases in the book. Moreover, there is a small English-Malay/Malay-English dictionary in the back.
Unfortunately, I was not in Malaysia long, and since I was only in KL, getting by in English was not too difficult. However, I found this book while I was there and tried to get as much out of it as I could in a couple days. I recommend buying this and studying it for a month or so before going to Malaysia. That way, you'll get the most you can out of it. Give it a shot.