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Learn Bahasa Melayu: Introduction to the Malay Language

Learn the fundamentals of the Malay language and develop your skills in speaking, reading, and writing in Bahasa Melayu.

Learn Bahasa Melayu: Introduction to the Malay Language

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Build your base knowledge and confidence in Malay

Malaysia’s official language is the Malay language, also known as Bahasa Melayu. Globally, over 290 million people speak Malay either natively or as a second language, putting it within the top ten most spoken languages in the world.

On this three-week course from Universiti Malaya, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the Malay language in an easy-to-understand and effective way. You’ll cover a range of basic topics from introducing yourself and discussing weather to numbers, and much more.

Discover the sound system in the Bahasa language

You’ll be introduced to the different sounds across Malay, including vowels, consonants, clusters, and diphthong. You’ll then practice different words and syllables using the combinations of sounds that you’ve learnt.

Explore how to introduce yourself and describe your surroundings

Once you have a grasp on the core building blocks of Malay, you’ll start learning numbers, including currency, percentages, and dates and times.

You’ll then move on to how to greet in Malay, both in general setting and on special occasions, followed by how to introduce yourself and the terms used in introducing your family.

Learn a new language with experts from the top university in Malaysia

Come and learn with the number one university in Malaysia, where our expert educators are here to develop your understanding and skills in Malay language.

Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Learn Bahasa Melayu Introduction to the Malay language brought to you by the Department of Malaysian Languages and Applied Linguistics of the Faculty of languages and linguistics, Universiti Malaya. This course is suitable for anyone interested in learning the malay language and wishing to master the basic Malay language. We also offers a comprehensive set of teaching materials from well-experienced teachers. We are very excited and happy to introduce you to this course as well as our beautiful language. In this three weeks course, you will learn and understand the sound system in malay language numbers, digits and amounts. Greetings. And lastly, you will learn on how to introduce yourself and your family members in Malay.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds This course has been designed to help you learn the fundemantals of malay, so that you can use it and apply it in everyday conversations. On behalf of the team, I hope you will have a fun journey throughout the course and perhaps, this could be a starting point for you to learn and eventually master malay language in the future. Good luck and happy learning.


  • Week 1

    Sound system in the Malay language

    • Getting started

      Take the short test to see the level of your malay language.

    • Introduction to Malay language

      Get to know about Malaysia's culture and history.

    • Sound system in the Malay language

      Learners will be exposed to pronunciation and vowel sounds, consonants, diphthongs, and combinations of letters and syllables in the Malay language.

    • Common words in Malay language

      Learners will learn some common words throughout this course. Learners need to know at least 1000 words to be a fluent Malay speakers.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Summary of week 1.

  • Week 2

    Numbers, digits and amounts

    • Number and digits

      Learn to count numbers from one to a hundred thousand in Malay.

    • Amounts

      To facilitate buying and selling in Malaysia, you must know how to say the amount of money in Malay. In addition, it makes it easier for you to communicate with locals.

    • Date and time

      Learners will learn how to say the month, day, and time in Malay and what kind of weather and seasons are common in Malaysia.

    • Weekly wrap Up

      Summary of week 2.

  • Week 3

    Greetings and about myself

    • Greetings

      The greetings that are frequently used vary depending on the occasion or situation. Understand the pronunciation and meaning of each greeting to avoid being misunderstood.

    • Self introduction and family

      Learners will be taught how to introduce themselves, their family titles, and the appropriate honorific titles for particular individuals.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Summary of week 3.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify syllables, words, phrases or expressions in Malay correctly.
  • Practice Malay expressions correctly and fluently.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to travel to, live in, or study in Malaysia and would like to learn the basics of the native language.

Who will you learn with?

Ph.D in Ethnolinguistic. Spend many years in Indigenous Studies but always back to teach Malay Language for Foreigner. Now he is a Senior Lecturer at University Malaya.

Has a Master's Degree in Malay Language Teaching and Learning for Foreign Speakers. He currently serves as a Malay Language Teacher at the Faculty of Languages ​​and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya.

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • World ranking

    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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