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20 million

Other names

Bahasa Malaysia

Official language

Malaysia, Singapore

Also spoken

Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brunei

Interesting Fact

Malay includes some vivid words describing movement, such as Kontal-kontil, the movement of long earrings or skirts as someone walks, and jerangkang, which means "to fall over with your legs in the air."


Malay is a member of Malayo-Polynesian language group. Other languages in this language group include Tagalog, Maori and Malagasy to name but a few.

Standard Malay is spoken mostly as a second language by Malaysians. The government of Malaysia refers to the language either as Malay (officially) or Malaysian (unofficially). “Bahasa” is simply the word “language” in Malay.

It is also spoken in Singapore and Brunei (where it is called Bahasa Melayu/Malay language) and in Indonesia (where it is called Bahasa Indonesia/Indonesian language). Bahasa Indonesia and Standard Malay are 95% similar.

The alphabet used by Malay is based on the Latin alphabet, and is referred to as “Rumi” (as in Roman).


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