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Covering over a thousand languages, the Austronesian family stretches from South East Asia along Polynesia and to Madagascar, but the uTalk selection will cover you for most of your travel in the Austronesian area. Austronesian languages tend to have various degrees of politeness - with low politeness for everyday use to a polite and then very polite, almost regal, form.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Malaysia

Singapore

Brunei

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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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