'-Nya!' Discover a quick way to emphasize an adjective in Malay

You can add -nya to an adjective when speaking Malay and immediately sound like a Malaysian by doing this simple trick.

'-Nya!' Discover a quick way to emphasize an adjective in Malay

In another post, we've learnt how to use adverbs of degree. Now, there's actually a more succinct way to emphasize what you want to describe by using 'kata penekan' (emphasis word).

How to use -nya

So, how do we use this suffix?

First, look out of your window. What does the sky look like?

A picture of the vast, blue sky (Gambar langit luas lagi biru) on Omerimbun from Getty Images

Blue? Vast? Bright?

In English, you might say, "How vast!" To say exactly this in Malay, just exclaim:


Personally, I like how blue the sky is. So, I would say:

"How blue!"


"How bright!"


Get the idea now?

So, if you stick "-nya" to the back of an adjective, it emphasizes the meaning of the adjective.

In longer sentences, the usage would be as follows:

Indahnya pemandangan.

What a beautiful view.

Tingginya awak!

You're so tall!

Panasnya cuaca hari ini.

The weather today is so hot.

Why don't you give it a try? Here is a list of adjectives you can play around with!

Vocabulary List โคต๏ธ

Comel - Cute ๐Ÿ˜Š

Licin - Slippery ๐ŸŒŠ

Sejuk - Cold โ„๏ธ

Busuk - Smelly ๐Ÿšฝ

Rendah - Low/Short ๐Ÿชด

Meriah - Lively ๐ŸŽ‰

Tebal - Thick ๐Ÿ“š

Laju - Fast ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Lambat - Late ๐Ÿ•š

Panjang - Long (Length) ๐Ÿ“

Ringan - Light (weight) ๐Ÿ“Ž

Keras - Hard (surface) ๐Ÿชต

Mahal - Expensive ๐Ÿค‘

How was it? Pretty easy, right? Comment down below if you want us to check your sentences!

Reference: Tatabahasa Dewan Ketiga, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka 2008