Yes? Да? Так? Make up your mind! (UPDATED)

Learning languages can be a wonderful experience, especially when you realise how similar some words are with regards to their sounds. These words are often called ‘false friends‘, and using them out of the context of the language could land you in a mind-numbing situation.

Malay is my native language, but I realised there are a few simple words in Malay that are very similar to Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian words. I imagined that maybe if a Malay-speaker speaking an East Slavic language for the first time, he or she might get these mixed up with these words.

Here I use primarily the Malay Cyrillic alphabet to transcribe the Malay language examples instead of the regular conventional Latin alphabet official in Malaysia. To find out how to read it and revert it back to Latin I suggest reading the whole series about the Malay Cyrillic alphabet.

Addendum: Due to hindsight, I decided to add one more word here, but be warned that in Russian, it is a swear word. If you will be offended by this, please skip reading the last subsection of the post for the last word. The word in English is censored, but the word in Russian isn’t.
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