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  •  Malay (1+ / 0-)
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    flitedocnm

    Apa khabar means "How are you." There is actually no Malay equivalent to "Hello," in my experience of having lived in Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur and traveled throughout the Peninsula. There are more specific greetings: Selamat pagi (good morning), selamat tengahari (good midday), selamat petang (good afternoon), selamat malam (good night), selamat tidur (good sleep), selamat jalan (good trip), selamat tinggal (good stay), etc. "Salam aleikum" is also used in Malaysia, but rarely except by Muslims to other Muslims.

    •  So, how would you say, "Hi, my watch is broken?" (1+ / 0-)
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      shycat

      :-)

      "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

      by flitedocnm on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 12:44:39 PM PDT

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      •  You would say (1+ / 0-)
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        flitedocnm

        Good morning (or whatever), my watch is broken.

        You wanna know how to say "My watch is broken"? Jam tangan saya rosak.

        •  I was alluding to one of the more amusing rituals (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          that can be seen in most countries that make a habit of changing their greetings at noon, at least in my experience especially notable in Spanish speaking countries. I just got back from Colombia and Mexico, and more than once, in greeting people in stores or on the street just before or right after noon, one person says, "Buenos días!" or "Buenas tardes!" and then both parties in the conversation glance at their watches to see if the first person got it right! Smiles invariably result, especially when the second person responds with the correct greeting, and the first replies, "Ah, sí! Buenas tardes!!"

          But thanks for the Malay lesson... it's always amazing the breadth of things that people here know!

          "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

          by flitedocnm on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 01:45:24 PM PDT

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