8 Slangs that Malaysians Use Everyday

If there’s one thing that we Malaysians do best, it’s creating our own language’s version any given subject.

On top of showing our own unique ways of conversing in everyday subjects, it’s also a great way to lighten up a conversation by turning it in a humorous direction during those ever classic “lepak” or “yumcha” sessions.

As one sentence could contain not one, but a multitude of slang words and abbreviations, non-locals may might find it hard to interpret us or even understand what language we are actually using. 

To put it into perspective, the longest sentence of slang words can be put as “Woi, you want to makan here or tapau back home leh?”; a sentence as such contains three to four slang words and uses up to three different languages.

There are plenty of other slangs used by Malaysians and we’ve compiled a few of them to showcase just how unique language in Malaysia can be.

1) GG/Mampus/Si liao

When facing something bad or when you smell trouble arising, use any of these to express your expectations of bad things in the making.

Example: GG, I haven’t pick up my sister from the airport.

2) Lah/ah

The most uniquely Malaysian slang yet, this can be used at any part of a sentence in literally any way or structure you want to.

Example: Can la, just trust me and be here and 9am tomorrow ah.

3) Abuden

Our own term for “No sh*t Sherlock”, it points out to the obvious when someone asks pointless questions.

Example: Are you thirsty? (When you are obviously drinking)

You: Abuden?

4) Walao eh

Used by Malaysians of all cultures, this term is used to express amazement in both good and bad ways.

Example: Walao, how did you manage to eat 12 nasi lemaks in one go?

5) Wei/Dei/Macha/Eh

That’s how we call our friends instead of using their actual names!

Example: Dei, did you watch the game last night?

6) Syok

Enjoying something? This slang expresses your excitement and love for something that you are experiencing.

Example: Syok wei tonight’s dinner!

7) Nah

This basically means “here you go”; use when passing something to someone.

Example: Nah, you left your bottle in my car yesterday.

8) Wordplay

The best thing about all these slang words is that it’s like a Subway sandwich where you can mix and match any of it to create your own unique sentence.

*Insert own unique example here*

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