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Manado Malay (Bahasa Manado or Bahasa Melayu Manado), is spoken by the Manadonese and some Minahasa people, primarily of North Sulawesi (Sulawesi Utara), Indonesia. Manado Malay is spoken as the first language throughout the cities of Manado and Bitung, and throughout the Minahasa region, along with the smaller islands off the north coast of North Sulawesi. Manado Malay is also the first language, though to a lesser extent in Gorontalo and Central Sulawesi (Sulawesi Tengah).

Of notable importance is the direct effect of the former Dutch colonial rule for nigh-on 300 years, which was very strong especially in the Manado area. This is noticed by the many Dutch loanwords (along with Dutch influences in some Manado family names) still found in Manado Malay. However, since Indonesian independence in 1945, the subsequent universal education throughout Indonesia has been in the official Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), there has been a gradual convergence or amalgamation of Bahasa Indonesia mannerisms (vocabulary and sentence constructions) into Manado Malay. This sometimes makes it difficult for outsiders to draw a definitive line between the two. Furthermore, there are also subtle differences between Manado Malay from within the city of Manado, compared to the surrounding areas of Manado city (often described as the Minahasa interior), and its effect is mainly around subtle differences in pronunciation, particularly of nasal origin.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Manado Malay is a purely spoken language, and there is no official standard orthography. However, the language is closely related to standard official or 'high' Malay, and is rendered here using Malay spelling rules.

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.

Basics[edit]

Hello
halo
Hello (informal)
hei
How are you?
apa kabar?
Fine, thank you
da bae-bae, makase
What is your name?
sapa ngana pe nama?
My name is ______
kita pe nama ______
Nice to meet you
sanang da bakudapa deng ngana
Please
Tolong
Thank you
Terima kasih / makase
You're welcome
Sama-sama
Yes
iyo / iya
No
ndak / Nyandak
Excuse me
permisi
Excuse me (begging pardon)
permisi neh
I'm sorry
maaf / sorry
Goodbye
Selamat tinggal
Goodbye (informal)
nanti bakudapa ulang neh ≈ 'till we meet again
I can't speak Manado Malay [well]
yah, kita nda talalu tau bahasa manado
Do you speak English?
ngana boleh Bahasa Inggris?
Is there someone here who speaks English?
di sini ada yang tau Bahasa Inggris?
Help!
Tolong!
Look out!
awas!
Good morning
Selamat pagi
Morning
Pagi
Good afternoon
Selamat siang (selamat tengah hari) / selamat sore
Good night
Selamat malam
Good night (to sleep)
Selamat malam
I don't understand
kita nyandak mangarti
Where is the toilet?
di mana wese? / wese di sablah mana kang?
I like (am attracted to) you
Kita suka pa ngana

Problems[edit]

Crazy - seno

Annoying - Dapa binci

Funny - Lawa

Numbers[edit]

One - Satu

Two - Dua

Three - Tiga

Four - Ampa

Five - Lima

Six - Anam

Seven - Tujuh

Eight - Lapang

Nine - Sambilang

Ten - Spuluh

Eleven - Sablas

Twelve - Duablas

Thirteen - Tigablas

Fourteen - Ampablas

Fifteen - Limablas

Sixteen - Anamblas

Seventeen - Tujuhblas

Eighteen - Lapangblas

Nineteen - Sambilangblas

Twenty - Duapuluh

One hundred - Saratus

Time[edit]

now - skarang later - nanti / sabantar before - sebelum after - abis during or ongoing - samantara

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

half an hour - stengah jam a year - satu taon

Days[edit]

today
ini hari
yesterday
kalamaring
tomorrow
beso
two days later
lusa
this week
ini minggu
last week
minggu lalu
next week
minggu depan
Monday
hari Snin
Tuesday
hari Slasa
Wednesday
hari Rabu
Thursday
hari Kamis
Friday
hari Jumat
Saturday
hari Sabtu
Sunday
hari Minggu

Months[edit]

Writing time and date[edit]

11.45
lagi sprampa jam 12
11.30
stengah 12
11.15
11 sprampa
11.00
jam 11
10.40
lagi 20 jam 11 (used when the clock show hour's past 30 minutes, i.e., 'twenty-to-eleven')
10.55
lagi 5 jam 11 ('five-to-eleven')

Colours[edit]

Purple
Ungu / Violet
Black
Itang
Red
Merah
White
Putih
Orange
Oranye
Yellow
Kuning
Pink
Merah muda / Pink
Green
Ijo
Brown
Soklat
Blue
Biru

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

How do I get to ______
bagaimana supaya kita mo tasampe di ______
airport
bandara
bus station
terminal
______ hotel
hotel ______
restaurant
restoran
bar (pub)
bar
______ sites to see
tampa-tampa bagus mo pigi akang
Can you show it in the map?
Boleh ngana tunjung akang di peta?
street
jalan
right
kanan
left
kiri
straight (ahead)
lurus
towards the ______
ka arah ______
past the ______
lewat di ______
near the ______
dekat deng ______
in front of ______
di muka ______

Taxi[edit]

Taxi!
Taxi!
Take me to ______ please
Antar akang ka ______ dang
How much does it cost to ______
Mo bayar brapa kalu mo ka ______
Take me there please
Antar pa kita kasana dang
Turn right
Belok ka kanan
Turn left
Belok ka kiri
Turn around (U-turn)
putar bale dang
Stop here
Brenti sini jo
Wait here
Tunggu sini

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Eating[edit]

Bars[edit]

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

Manis ku- My sweetie

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