In the last episode, we showcased some Malay traditional snacks that are available in Brunei. For today’s episode, we will be highlighting the Simpulan Bahasa (Malay idioms). Do you remember these idioms? For many us here at Sutera, this was a must-learn to get a good score in our Malay Language Examinations.
Before we start, what is an idiom? ’Idiom’ means that a phrase is being used with a figurative and sometimes with a literal meaning. For example, ‘a chip on your shoulder’ means you are holding a grudge. There are more than ten thousands of idioms available in English.
Generally the Malay idioms are similar with the idioms in the English Language – where it is used to express a different meaning when speaking or writing. In this episode of Kitani Cuba, we invited three guests, Amirul, Amir and Hafizul to try to guess what does the Simpulan Bahasa actually means.
Below are the idioms asked in the episode:
- A person who can’t play sports.
2. Langkah Kanan
- A person who has a good fortune.
3. Anak Emas
- A child that is the most preferable to his or her parents
4. Putih Hati
- A person who is sincere and honest
5. Telinga Nipis
- A person who easily get angry.
6. Pembasuh Mulut
- Desserts or a meal after a main course.
7. Hati Batu
- People who are stubborn.
8. Tidur-Tidur Ayam
- Sleepless nights or people who can’t sleep well.
Those are just some examples of idioms in the Malay language, there are others such as Raja Sehari – people who are getting married. This idioms while are still widely used but the actual meaning are sometimes forgotten in Brunei. With the Malay language being the main language of the country, we strive to ensure that the younger generation will know what does the Malay idiom means and eventually will use these expressions in their everyday lives.