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Introduction to Malay Language

Start learning Malay today: learn the basics of speaking and writing in the Malay language and explore Malaysian culture.

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Introduction to Malay Language
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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  • Extra BenefitsFrom $44Find out more

Discover the language and culture of Malaysia

Over 60 million people speak Malay; it is an official language of several countries including Singapore and Malaysia. On this course you’ll start to learn Malay, getting an introduction to the basics and discovering Malaysia as a place and culture. This means learning to speak simple Malay and learning about writing in Malay, practicing both until you can identity common words and phrases used by native speakers. Plus you will explore fascinating Malay culture learning more about the many interesting places in Malaysia.

The course videos will be conducted in Malay with English subtitles.


  • Week 1

    Introducing Yourself & Things Around You

    • Getting Started

      Learn how to use FutureLearn, meet your Malay tutors and find out what's coming up in the course.

    • Introduction to Week 1

      We will describe what we are going to do in Week 1.

    • Introducing Yourself & Things Around You

      In this section, we will listen to dialogues about how to introduce and describe yourself, and also how to explain about things available around you.

    • Language Focus: Malay Grammar

      In this section, we will learn about basic components of Malay grammar. We will focus on pronouns, verbs, plurals and adjectives, which are the backbones in the construction of Malay sentences.

    • Summary of Week 1

      What did you learn in Week 1

    • Introducing Malaysia: Melaka

      Get introduced to the Historical City of Melaka, one of the UNESCO world heritage site in Malaysia. Learn some of the famous Malaysian food that are favored by locals and tourists.

  • Week 2

    Talking About Interesting Places & Foods

    • Introduction to Week 2

      What are we going to do this week?

    • Talking About Interesting Places And Foods

      In this section, we will listen to dialogues about interesting places in Melaka and Penang, also about various kind of foods in Penang.

    • Language Focus: Malay Grammar

      In this section, we will about some of the elements which are used to form sentences in Malay. This week, we will focus on conjunctions, prepositions and auxiliaries.

    • Summary of Week 2

      Whar did you learn in Week 2?

    • Introducing Malaysia: Pulau Pinang (Penang)

      Learn about another famous place in Malaysia, Penang.

  • Week 3

    Talking About Interesting Places & Events

    • Introduction to Week 3

      A quick look on topics that will be covered this week. Share with us the interesting places in your country.

    • Interesting Places & Events

      This section contains dialogues about interesting places & events in Langkawi. Learners will then be asked to practice several words and phrases related to the dialogues.

    • Language Focus: Malay Grammar

      In this week, we will learn on how phrases are composed in Malay language. We will focus on four basic phrases in Malay; noun phrases (NP), verb phrases (VP), adjective phrases (AP) and prepositional phrases (PP).

    • Summary of Week 3

      What did you learn during Week 3

    • Introducing Malaysia: Langkawi

      Langkawi is one of the main tourism attractions in Malaysia. Get to know some of the famous spots in Langkawi visited by local and foreign tourists.

    • Completing The Course

      Completing The Course

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify common words and basic phrases about yourself, family and friends for communication purposes.
  • Identify regular nouns, words and simple sentences around you, for example on notice boards, posters or in a catalog.
  • Apply simple phrases and simple sentences to describe where you live and people you know.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in Malaysia, languages or learning Malay. You don’t need any previous experience.

Who will you learn with?

Hello. My name is Ab. Razak and I am one of the lecturers in the Department of Malay Language , the Academy of Malay Studies, University of Malaya. I have worked here since 1985.

Associate Professor at Malay Language Department, Academy of Malay Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Specialises in Malay Semantics, Malay Intonation and Pragmatic- Politeness.

Hi, I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Malay Language, Academy of Malay Studies University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My field of expertise is the discourse analysis.

Who developed the course?

University of Malaya

The University of Malaya (UM) is the oldest national university in Malaysia. It is ranked 27th in the QS Asia Ranking and 133rd in the QS World Ranking in 2016.

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