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Bahasa Malaysia (also called “Malay”) is the official language of Malaysia. Most scholars agree that it originated in the Riau region of Sumatra, but over time, the Malay lexicon and vernacular have been influenced by Sanskrit, Kawi, Jawi, Tamil, Portuguese, Chinese, and English. Though most Malaysians speak at least some English, a little effort to learn Malay will earn you a smile and willing assistance.

HERE ARE SOME COMMON MALAY WORDS ANDPHRASES TO GET YOU STARTED:




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