I enjoy learning phrases from different countries whenever I travel, much to the dismay of my teenage girls. They usually moan and groan whenever I attempt these pleasantries but I am convinced that locals really do appreciate it when you make an effort so I plough on and it has led to many a hilarious exchanges and stories.
There are a few basic phrases that you would find immensely helpful if you ever visit Malaysia and Indonesia. English is widely spoken especially in Malaysia and in larger cities in Indonesia but nevertheless, I think you might enjoy surprising the locals with your newly acquired knowledge. It may lead to delightful new discoveries and friendships.
How are you? (literal translation is what news?) : Apa Khabar?
I am fine (good news): Khabar Baik
Good Morning: Selmat Pagi
Goodbye: Selamat Tinggal
Yes, knowing the term for rice or nasi would be extremely beneficial since rice is a staple in the Asian diet. Obviously, you can always point and ask for rice if you’re ordering but won’t it be so much nicer to be able to articulate what you’re ordering?
There are many, many different kinds of ways in which rice is prepared in Asia. For example, everyone’s familiar with fried rice or nasi goreng. But nasi goreng is just the start. The combinations are endless and I am going to give you a pictorial tour of some of the ways that you can have nasi in Malaysia and Indonesia.