Video: Overview of the Malay Language (Bahasa Malaysia aka Bahasa Melayu)

Malay language overview video

The lowdown on the Malay language

In this video, Paul gives a great overview of Malay including where it is spoken (global distribution), the evolution of its writing system, an overview of how the language works, what other languages have influenced it, what regional varieties exist and much more.

Paul includes example samples in the Malay language to illustrate the main points of how the language works - super helpful for folks just getting started and cool just to check out for language geeks like me!

Words from the videographer

This video is all about the Malay language (Bahasa Melayu), one of the most most important languages in Southeast Asia.

Fun facts about Malay speakers

Malay is the widest spoken of all the Austronesian languages.

About 18 million people speak Standard Malay, mostly in Malaysia.

About LangFocus

I've been a big fan of the LangFocus YouTube channel for quite some time now.

I visit it regularly to deepen my knowledge about languages in general - the videos are both academic and entertaining, a great combo!

The LangFocus creator, Paul, hails from Canada and is a language lover and polyglot who has created a wide variety of videos about languages and language learning. His work is supported by his listeners via Patreon.

Paul @langfocus you rock!

Keep up the goods :) I want to interview you for an upcoming podcast.

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Malay and Indonesian are in the same language family and closely related - check out the video about the Indonesian language here.