Published October 7, 2020
Sanjung speaks Beka Melayu (the Malay language), an Austronesian language from Southeast Asia and Oceania. Related to other Malayo-Polynesian languages like Minangkabau. Malaysian and Indonesian are primary varieties. Sanjung Hambayang speaks Beka Melayu, known also as Bahasa Malaysia or Standard Malay. This video was created by Minggi Molong. Bahasa Malaysia is the national language of Malaysia, serving as the country’s lingua franca among its diverse ethnic groups. Boasting 18 million speakers, Bahasa Malaysia is spoken by a majority of L2 speakers, with fewer native L1 speakers. The language is part of the Malayic language family and is the standard form of the Johore-Riau dialect. It shares a diglossic relationship with Local Malay and has more than 80% lexical similarity to Indonesian, the other common Malay variety. Malay is written in both the Latin alphabet, called “Rumi", and the Arabic alphabet, called “Jawi". Rumi is most commonly used both officially and informally, but efforts are currently being spearheaded to revive the use of the Jawi script in Malaysia specifically. There is also a Malaysian Braille alphabet in use today. Bahasa Malaysia is used through primary and secondary education, and is taught in schools as a compulsory subject. This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. To download a copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.