Everyone loves a well written simple Whatsapp message, email, and even a social media post! Evidently, written communication plays an important role in our everyday life. Writing is a skill that is universally taught at a young age for all languages because good writing skills will not only help you in your studies but also later at your workplace.

In language learning, you certainly cannot leave out the influence of reading when you talk about ways to improve your writing. Similarly, when you are learning the Malay language, it is important to know as many words as possible to help form meaningful sentences and paragraphs in your writing.

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Participate in active reading to enhance your Malay vocabulary

When you are reading, be intentional to understand the text as much as you can by paying attention to the sentence structures, connectors, adjectives and so on. Don’t just skim through the texts and passages to finish reading as soon as possible.

Studies have shown that active reading is one of the best ways to increase your vocabulary recognition. It is also through reading where you can remember the correct spellings of certain words that you might be initially confused about.

To improve your Malay vocabulary retention, it is important to have a good grasp of the true meaning of the words that you learn as well as how the words can be used in various settings and sentences.  You can even use mind maps to relate to the words in a memorable and personal manner.

If your favourite colour is red, you can memorize the Malay word for it, which is merah by writing it down with a red pen or draw a tomato beside the word for you to create a link between the word and image easily.

Experience different types of writings in Malay

As mentioned earlier about how reading can improve your writing, you can diversify your writing skills by learning about various writing formats for different kinds of writing. For instance, you could learn how to write a letter (formal or informal) in Malay and how to compose an email for work purposes. 

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Writing an email in Malay is an important skill for many sectors in Malaysia.
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Through this practice, you can learn about the right Malay jargons to use for the title, headings, paragraphs, and the overall structure of a Malay official written document. This will enable you to recognize and identify the differences in writing styles that you can adopt when learning Malay and make you an effective communicator.

Think, write and speak like a Malaysian local

One common mistake when one makes as a beginner in learning a language is to “direct translate” the language that they are learning from their native language.

For instance, if your native language is Mandarin and you are just starting to learn Malay, there is a high chance that you will firstly think of the word or expression in Mandarin and then you attempt to express it in Malay. Most of the time, you will end up sounding weird. The basic meaning might be there, but it may lack a complete structure and a smooth flow like what the locals normally express.

One important tip to truly be fluent in Malay comprehensively is to use whatever that you have learnt and read (it does not matter if your words are limited) in Malay. Google Translate will not be 100% accurate all the time as there are many words with the same meaning but sometimes, they are used differently.

When you consistently read in Malay, you will be able to master and apply how various ideas are expressed in different ways naturally. As a result, you will be able to speak better Malay with confidence as you gain a better understanding of proper Malay sentence structures.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and always be ready to receive feedback on how to improve your writing during your Malay lessons with your Malay tutor.

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The importance of practising writing in your everyday life

Nothing beats the practical exercise of writing. One of the ways to incorporate writing into your daily life is to start writing your diary in Malay. You can start by writing about the weather, what did you eat for your breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as talk about your family and friends.

When you develop the habit of recording things down in your everyday life, you will automatically be more proactive to learn the related phrases and words that you want to write down for that day.

On a separate note, you can also start a Malay learning journal to record your Malay learning progress from day one. Inside your journal, you can include some tips that you have found useful that helped you to advance from a beginner to an intermediate language learner.

In the beginning, you may feel that is challenging to start. What you can do is plan a rough outline on what you intend to write, start with a headline and break the paragraphs into bullet points first before structuring your sentences later.

Remember, practice makes perfect. You will progress as time goes by! Another tip to make writing an interactive and fun activity is to make use of social media postings. You can update your Facebook and Instagram statuses in Malay, or even write your captions in Malay after posting videos on your Tik- Tok account.

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Updating your social media in the Malay language could be a fun way to improve your Malay.
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Tips to enhance your Malay writing skills according to your learning level

You can choose to focus on different aspects of writing according to your language learning level. If you are learning Malay from the beginner’s level, make sure you learn the rules and the basic grammar of the Malay language. Focus on constructing simple and short sentences.

Write about clear and relatable subjects to you. Begin by describing yourself, your hobby, your favourite food, favourite place to visit. Get a notebook to start familiarizing yourself with the act of writing in Malay. You can also start writing your to-do list in Malay or even a shopping list when you are about to do online shopping.

For Malay learners who are at intermediate level and advanced level, you can create a Malay language blog or even start commenting on other people’s posts in Malay. As your vocabulary increases, you can write longer sentences and slowly construct short paragraphs.

In the long run, you should be able to compose longer essays and even write a proper Malay email. One exercise you can start doing now during your Malay language class is to write a letter or a card to your Malay teacher during their birthday or Teacher’s Day. Most importantly, don’t be shy to show others your writings to receive feedback so that you can improve progressively.

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Writing in Malay can be different when you are a student or a working adult. At times, writing is not a simple task as you may need to tackle different Malay examination formats on writing Malay essays (karangan) as a school student. If you are in university, you might need to do an assignment in the form of a book review or dab into creative writing.

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Your lessons will be personalized and constantly monitored. Before registering for your Malay class, you will also be able to look at various tutors’ profile and their expertise in the Malay language.

For instance, if you are keen to work in a Malay press or publication sector, there is a high chance you can learn Malay from a tutor who has relevant experience in the industry for you to get a headstart. If you are a student who is preparing for your SPM, you might even get the chance to learn from Malay teachers who have experienced marking the papers so that you can understand the question and answer the paper accordingly to the marking scheme too.

At the end of the day, you don’t have to worry about missing out on anything while learning Malay with Superprof.

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Begin your flexible Malay study lessons

You can openly discuss with your Malay tutor regarding your learning expectations and your requests to improve on certain writing techniques. You can even ask to write different topics for every lesson. For instance, if you would like to improve your Malay listening skills while writing, your Malay teacher might prepare a dictation activity for you to practice your listening and writing skills while she is saying the words in Malay.

You do not have to crack your head to look for solutions to improve your writing skills in Malay. You can easily plan and access your lessons anytime and anywhere regardless of your age, location, language level and occupation.

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