A Manual of the Malay Language


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In The Real Malay, Frank Swettenham wrote about the importance of learning the language of the people... to speak it and write it well (and) to make (use) of this knowledge... to learn as much as possible about (Malays)... their (the Malay) customs, traditions, characters, and idiosyncrasies. He said, "In the Malay States, the Residents have always insisted upon officers passing an examination in Malay, and the standard is a high one." William Edward Maxwell's standard of the Malay language was certainly that.

This book is not only a history of the Malay language, but a comprehensive step-by-step guide on learning the tongue in 40 lessons from the very basic to an intermediate level, with a vocabulary list of well over 3000 words. It will be useful to anyone who wants to learn to speak Malay in a short period. The author uses the old spelling system. Example, a mouse deer will be spelt "kanchil" (and pronounced as it's spelt), whereas the new spelling is "kancil" which would leave many visitors wondering if it should rhyme with "cancel"! (However, if one is interested in reading or writing Malay, one would need a tutor).

Malaysians, too, would find this book useful. Many surprises here.


Format: Medium PB
Year published: 2020
Pages: 335
Sub-genre: History
Imprint: Silverfish Books
Product weight: 490g

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