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Will this course help me to learn Malay?

Hi everyone, I'm interested in learning Malay rather than Indonesian. However I've heard that the two languages are extremely similar. If I take this course, will what it teaches be transferable to Malay? I'm assuming that some of the vocab will be different, but on the whole is the content of the course the same in Indonesian and in Malay?

Thank you very much if you have any ideas!

November 20, 2018



It will take you a long way towards your goal. However, there are differences. See e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Standard_Malay_and_Indonesian


The overall sentence structure and way of thought are the same, the main differences has to do with vocabulary.


Malay and Indonesian are similar. I have often seen Indonesian words and phrases in Malay


Indonesian is based on Malay and was invented to unite the archipelago of Islands when the country gained independence. More similarities than differences.

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