بهاس ملايو‎ (Malay)


Photo by Izuddin Helmi Adnan on Unsplash
Photo by Izuddin Helmi Adnan on Unsplash

Malay is spoken by 290 million people in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is also used as a trading language in the southern Philippines. Standard Malay has various official names, including: Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Malaysia, and Bahasa Indonesia.

Native Speakers:  77,000,000

Region: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore

Writing System:  Latin script, Arabic script

Language Family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Nuclear MP, Sunda-Sulawesi, Malayo-Sumbawan, Malayic, Malayan, Malay

Basic Phrases in Malay

Hello Salam
Goodbye Selamat tinggal
Yes  Ya
No  Tidak
Excuse me…  Maafkan saya
Please  sila
Thank you  terima kasih