Colloquial Sentence #1 – Dia ingat saya pelajar kat sini.


1. dia – he/she/him/her/his

Dia is used for either male or female singular third person.

2. ingat – to think; remember

Ingat has two different meanings. Essentially, ingat means to remember. For example:

  1. Awak ingat apa kita belajar semalam? – Do you remember what we learned yesterday?
  2. Saya tak ingat siapa dia. – I do not remember who he is.

However, ingat in this context means to have a particular opinion or belief before a fact is known. This is equivalent to thought as in “We thought you had left.”

  1. Adik saya ingat hari ni hari Sabtu. – My (younger) sibling thought today was Saturday.
  2. Mereka ingat soalan tu susah. – They thought the question was easy. (but it turned out to be difficult)

3. saya – I, me, my

4. pelajar – student

Pelajar means student. It is derived from the verb belajar, meaning to study.

5. kat sini – here

Kat is shortened from the word dekat, and is the colloquial form of the preposition di which is used to mark a fixed location. This can be equivalent to at, in and on. In casual Malay, the preposition di is only sometimes used.

  1. Kawan kami di/dekat/kat rumah. – Our friend is at home.
  2. Farah tinggal di/dekat/kat Bandar New York. – Farah lives in New York City.

Sini means here. The opposite of sini is situ (there) and sana (over there – farther).