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University of Malaya

Introduction to Malay Language

University of Malaya via FutureLearn

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Discover Malay language and experience Malaysian culture

This online Malay language course is an introduction to the Malaysian language for beginners. The course is 3 weeks long and by the end, you’ll be able to:

  • introduce yourself and things around you
  • understand basic Malay grammar
  • greet people and ask simple questions
  • learn about writing in Malay
  • understand conversations about food and places

Start to speak, listen, read and write Malay language

During the three weeks of the course, you will learn some of the vocabulary and phrases you need to help you interact with Malaysian people at a basic level.

You will start to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing through a range of activities that introduce the language in authentic settings. You will also learn some essential Malay grammar, including some basic verbs, personal pronouns and adjectives.

One of the ways you’ll learn is through video resources that’ll show you the language in action. The course videos will be conducted in Malay with English subtitles to offer better exposure to the language while still providing support.

Explore Malaysian culture while you learn

We’ll introduce you to the Historical City of Melaka, a UNESCO world heritage site in Malaysia. Learn some of the famous Malaysian foods that locals love to eat.

In Week 2, you’ll learn about Penang, the food capital of Malaysia with sandy beaches along the coastline. You’ll discover the most interesting places to visit in Penang and learn about popular foods.

Finally, you’ll explore Langkawi, an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. We’ll take you through the most interesting places to see in Langkawi to round off your journey through Malaysia.

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

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  • Anonymous
    Intermediate not beginner level as advertised. Speaking is fast, word meanings not given, subtitles when given are almost a minute out of time with speakers. There are many better resources available for free.

  • Anonymous
    Not targeting beginners, old videos with subtitles out of sync, transcripts with more content than in the videos.

    There are no explanations and no useful lists to be confident in the language at a beginners' level.

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