Malay - A Directory of Lessons

I would like to say welcome and thanks for joining in this course!

This course is created to provide lessons for people out there online for free!

In this course, Malay is defined as the standard language which has official and national status in countries such as Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore. The language which is used in Southern Thailand region. One of the regional language in Indonesia and also one of the language used in Cocos (Keeling) Island. This language receives more English words than Dutch words which happens in Indonesian. The language uses Latin script widely along with Jawi script as an alternative.

This course is taught in both Jawi (Arabic rendered script) and Rumi (Roman script).

Learning Jawi in Malay is really helpful to learn more linguistic stuff of Malay!

I created this course for several reasons.

1) Malay is not yet taught in Duolingo

2) Malay is not yet open in the incubator

3) To give chance for language lovers or those who are interested in learning Malay

4) To provide a free online Malay course

5) To help those Singaporeans out there who want to learn their national language

6) To provide a course with both Jawi and Rumi writing

7) For ASEAN citizens to learn languages of the region

And the list goes on...

Based on my experience about Malay is that Malay is quite handy when comes to travel. Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Southern Thailand are one of the regions who speaks Malay. Even in some ASEAN countries you can found a number of speakers there. When I was in Saudi Arabia, I was surprise that the local sellers in the open market could able to speak in Malay. I can even haggle a price with them!

People might say Malay and Indonesian might be 'mutually intelligible' but both side of speakers still has problem to communicate to each other since their common vocabularies are different from each other. Even in TV shows subtitles are put showing that it is hard to understand the language from one side of it. But hey! That is why I am making this course!


Please do give me feedback on these lessons so that I could improve it more for all of you!

Happy learning!

February 16, 2017


2) Malay is in the Incubator, but in it's Indonesian form: I know that they get called different languages for political reasons, but from a linguistic point of view the differences are tiny.

...which isn't to say your lessons aren't welcome. Those of us who are waiting for the course to be finished will be glad of the opportunity to start learning.

February 16, 2017

Funny I stumble upon this post at this juncture. Just hours ago I was reading something on Quora by a native Indonesian speaker PhD linguist that mentioned not being able to understand or speak Malay.

April 29, 2017

Hmmm. Interesting. I can only tell you that's what I was told by my Malay teacher at school. The way I read the intro to Wikipedia's article about the language, would seem to back her up, though. I think there's an element of politics in it. A language is a dialect with an army and a navy, after all :)

April 30, 2017

Did you mean to say "A language is a dialect with an army and a navy" instead?

December 6, 2017

Oops, yes, I did. Thanks, I've corrected my post.

December 6, 2017

Would you like to contribute to 'Malay language for English speaker' course ?

January 21, 2019

I would love to if it's available in incubator. Is it?

January 21, 2019

I've sent my inquiry for 'Malay language for English speaker' and still waiting if ada orang yang nak join, because they will accept the course with some contributors.

January 22, 2019

Just inform me when it is available

January 23, 2019
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