1. Apa kata – What if
This is a fixed expression, so it is best not to translate it directly to English.
2. kita – we (inclusive)
In Malay, there are two different we’s; kita (inclusive) and kami (exclusive). Kita is inclusive of the listener while kami is not.
For example, assuming you are not Malaysian but my friends and I are, I can say:
Kami orang Malaysia. – We (but not you) are Malaysian.
If everyone were Malaysian, we could use kita instead.
3. tanya – to ask
Many people confused between the verb to ask (tanya) and the verb to ask for (minta). Be careful with these two!
4. diorang – they, their, them
This is the colloquial form of the pronoun mereka. Sometimes, it is also spelled diaorang.