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Basic Conversational Malay

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who have little or no knowledge of conversational Malay to communicate with patients and their family members. The course aims to develop basic listening and speaking skills with an emphasis on accuracy and fluency. Participants will also gain insight into the Malay culture. English will be used as the medium of teaching to facilitate learning.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Converse in simple Malay with patients and their family members
  • Achieve a better understanding of patients’ concerns and needs
  • Answer enquiries in spoken Malay

General Topics include:

  • Pronounciation
  • Greetings
  • Numbers-cardinal and ordinal
  • Asking basic questions and answering enquiries
  • Describing processes, objects and people
  • Anatomy description
  • Functional language used in consultations
  • Giving instructions
  • Explaining and reassuring
  • Paraphrasing and clarifying
  • Advising and warning
  • Body anatomy system – cardiovascular, dental, gynecological, musculoskeletal, neurological, ophthalmological, respiratory.
  • Understanding symptoms – common medical expressions used by patients and family members

Target Audience

Healthcare profession who are interested in learning Basic Conversational Malay.


  • 1st  run (FY18): Starting 4 July 2018   (Every Wednesday and Friday)
  • 2nd run (FY18): Starting 5 Mar 2019 (Every Tuesday and Thursday)


6.00pm to 8.00pm (2 hours)

Course Fees

S$300 (SingHealth rate, excluding GST)
S$400 (non-SingHealth rate, excluding GST)

Class Size

20 pax


SingHealth Academy
Connection One, 168 Jalan Bukit Merah, Tower 3, #06-07, Singapore 150168


SingHealth Academy

Registration Details

NOTE: Please ensure that you submit the training request form to your respective HR departments for approval before sending in your registration.

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Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful registrants will be notified via email with information on payment details.

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