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Lesson 14 Hendak (Wish to)
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A second reading (by Michelle Nor Ismat, a native speaker)
Saya hendak pergi ke lapangan terbang. (I want to go to the airport.)
Saya hendak pergi ke stesen kereta api. (I want to go to the railway station.)
Saya hendak pergi ke pasar. (I want to go to the market.)
Saya hendak pergi ke pejabat pos. (I want to go to the post office.)
As to the other question Anda hendak minum apa? see Lesson 24 for possible answers.
For those who want to know more:
Although pedants will say that hendak should be translated as "wish to" and mahu (contracted to mau) as "want to", to all intents and purposes both are often used interchangeably and you can feel free to use one or the other so long as the sense of intention of wanting or wishing to do something is there (thus in the translated sentences above you can replace "want" with "wish").
To express the opposite meaning i.e. when there is unwillingness to do something, simply put the word tidak before either hendak or mahu. However you might be interested to know that there is a single Malay word for this and that is the word enggan. Thus, if she does not wish to go, you can either say:
Dia enggan pergi or
Dia tidak mahu pergi or
Dia tidak hendak pergi.
Similarly if he is unwilling to lend you money you can either say:
Dia enggan meminjamkan wang kepada saya or
Dia tidak mahu meminjamkan wang kepada saya or
Dia tidak hendak meminjamkan wang kepada saya.
Note that in all the above examples hendak is always followed by a verb as it is used in the sense of wishing or wanting to DO something.
However when the word is used all alone by itself and with a rising intonation you can be sure that the speaker is asking you if you want to have something. Thus if you should come along while we are eating biscuits we would certainly ask you Hendak? You should know by now that if you accept the invitation you would say Ya, terima kasih else you would say Tidak, terima kasih.