Should I contribute to the Malay Course?

Hello! I noticed Malay hasn't even started yet. I was thinking really hard if I should contribute to the Malay Course. My parents (both fluent in Malay) are currently teaching me Malay, am I still able to contribute even though I am still learning? And, am I able to ask my parents to help contribute to the Malay Course? And If I was to contribute, would anyone join me?

EDIT: I just applied for the Malay Course.. wish me luck! :)

February 24, 2015


Hi! I've been having so much fun with Duolingo and came across this discussion. As a language enthusiast and native Malay speaker, I would love to join you (or anyone actually) to contribute to this course. How do I apply? One thing I can say about Malay is that the colloquial / spoken version can be quite different from the standard (compared to other languages, where normal people would pretty much use standard grammar in everyday speech, but this is not strongly "enforced" with Malay). As a student many years ago, I used to be prescriptive (following set grammar rules strictly) when it comes to grammar and pronunciation. However, now I've adopted a more descriptive point of view (following the norm or what is actually in use). The way I see it, if Duolingo ends up having a Malay course, I hope it can strike a good balance between the two - the 'baku' Malay and the spoken one.

October 23, 2016

“I think you are expected to be fluent in both languages (Malay and English) but why not apply as there may be some room to manouver.”

February 24, 2015

Are Indonesian and Malay related and quite mutually intelligible?

February 24, 2015

Yes. Actually so much that they are sometimes mistaken as just one language. The only difference between them is that Malay sounds more purist while Indonesian might sound at some point like Dutch.

February 24, 2015

My experience in indonesia and malaysia and trying to learn both is that they are about as close together as swedish/danish/norwegian. I was learning Bahasa Malaysia (the Malay language) first and when we left malaysia and went to indonesia so many people would be confused with certain words i was using. There are "false friends" in the language, different pronouns, and different loanwords from different languages, especially since different colonial powers controlled each area.

September 12, 2016

As a Malay that grew up overseas this would be very good for a third culture kid like myself. I hope Dualingo would start a Malay course soon!

September 18, 2016

Definitely would try to help in the BM course, considering that I'm currently learning BM in school and have a guide book in tatabahasa published by the DBP (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka). To anyone wanting to learn BM, would suggest them using this website -, to aid them.

September 9, 2018

I would love to learn Malay!

March 3, 2019

I plan on traveling the Borneo Area particularly the North Borneo. So Yes I would defiantly be interested and would help all I could.

March 26, 2017

Should duolingo decided to set up a Bahasa Melayu course, it would be nice to have a section dedicated to peribahasa and simpulan bahasa and perhaps a section for bahasa istana to really maintain the traditional integrity of the language.

I'm familiar with the language, being from Malaysia and having to learn it in school, and I think it's an excellent idea to start a course.

June 6, 2017

Would love to see Malaysian added. With the entry of Indonesian at Beta I’m guessing it would be much faster to get a Malaysian course up and running by going through the Indonesian lessons and updating vocabulary and sounds, whenever there are differences. I’d love to learn bahasa Malaysia

August 25, 2018


October 20, 2018

You could ask your parents if they'd like to contribute to the course too! :) Team Malay could be a fun family bonding experience...

February 24, 2015

This would be super cool, I think Bahasa Melayu is underrated and deserves more recognition. Indonesia and Malaysia are huge islands that actually have so many people. A lingua franca in Indonesia. I aspire to learn this someday, so this is a total yes, I would love this on Duolingo.

November 25, 2016

BTW there is a good site for starting off with the basics of Malay. I has written and vocal. There is a few pages to go further as well. Hope it helps and one just stating off. Semoga berjaya :)

March 26, 2017

I could contribute to the course too...

December 24, 2017

I would really appreciate that! I do not speak Malay properly myself, so I will not be able to contribute beyond an all too basic level, but perhaps I could contact some friends native in Bahasa Melayu. In case it starts hatching some day, I might ask them to join in. But best of luck to you!

January 11, 2018

I would absolutely love a Malay course on Duolingo, but in the absence of it, I will track the progress of the Indonesian course with anticipation.

February 10, 2018

I'd love to see a Malay course, so I could talk to my mom and my grandma with it.

February 28, 2018

Nice. I will probably contribute a few if I can.

September 9, 2018
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