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Let’s talk about Malay, the language, not the race.

First of all, Malay, Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia, depending on where you are using the language, is spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and some southern part of Thailand.

According to a book published in 2009 by Professor James T. Collins, a renowned figure in the study of the Malay language, he estimated a conservative estimate of between 200 million to 250 million speakers of the Malay language in the entire world.

And because the Malay language is so similar to Bahasa Indonesia, a Malay speaker can easily understand up to 60% of what a Bahasa Indonesia speaker says! They differ in how they are being written and also based on their loanword influence.

You may find some brief and important facts about the country of Malaysia and its people below:

Capital Kuala Lumpur; Note: Putrajaya is referred to as the administrative capital
Currency Ringgit (MYR)
Population 31.19 million (since 2016)
Internet Hosts 422,470 based on 2012 from Facebook
Internet Users in Malaysia 21,090,777 (2016*)
Internet Penetration in Malaysa 68% (2016*)

From this interesting fact, you can tell that the online usage of this language is very high.

Hence, if you are thinking of extending your global presence in this part of the world, communicating in Malay is definitely important. Although English is used commonly in Malaysia, translating your communication materials into Malay will give you an added advantage if you wish to do trade and business in Malaysia. With big brands flooding this technology driven and innovative nation, you can imagine the importance of the Malay language has on businesses across borders!

Back tracking to the history of Malay, the first writings date back to 683 AD, when they originated in Southern Sumatra and on the island of Banka. Malay was used solely as a lingua franca for inter-ethnic communications. English, however, is still common among Malaysia’s large Chinese and Indian populations as it is the language of international commerce.

Is Malay difficult to learn? Opinions vary. Although many words in the Malay language are borrowed from English and there is also some similarities in both grammar systems, the idioms and flair may be difficult to understand. This is very true if you do not have a general understanding of the culture!

If you would like to achieve perfect grammar for the Malay language, you may find it a challenge as it is still occasionally being revised and updated by the linguistic agency in Malaysia known as Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Like any Asian languages, English to Malay and Malay to English translation services require not only a level of professionalism but also a keen eye for cultural sensitivity awareness. Despite an increasing openness to global influences, the society in Malaysia remains rather conservative.

Can you believe that all those mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg??!!

Yes. Definitely, there are much more things to consider than just getting someone who knows Malay to handle translation from English into Malay and from Malay into English.

It is about getting the right quality people with enough training and professional experience to produce translations that are fit for its purpose.

With more than 2 decades of experience in providing English to Malay, Malay to English and all Malay related translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you.

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Source:

https://www.omniglot.com/writing/malay.htm

http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/my.html

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/malaysia-population/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_number_of_Internet_hosts

http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/malaysia/

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