Learn Malay

The Malay uTalk teaches is the standard spoken in Malaysia and will also be understood in Singapore, where Malay is one of 5 official languages. Malay is also spoken in Brunei, which has a slightly different variant, and Indonesia, where it is known as bahasa Indonesia and treated as a separate language despite great similarities. Malay has a lot of Arabic loanwords, as well as influences from Sanskrit, Tamil, Dutch and Portuguese. More recently, it has also started to absorb many English words.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Malaysia

Singapore

Brunei

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Number Of Speakers

33,000,000

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Language Family

Malayo-Polynesian

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Fun facts about Malay

Although Malay is very similar to Indonesian, there are some big differences in meaning. For example, 'buntu' means 'tail' in Indonesian but 'backside' in Malay! 'Sup buntut sapi' or Indonesian oxtail soup sounds more like 'ox buttocks soup' in Malay.

The grammar is fairly simple, with no gender and no verb tenses.

Plurals are indicated by simply repeating a word: 'burung' means 'bird' and 'burung-burung' means 'birds'.

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