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Omkring tusen språk sträcker sig mot den austronesiska familjen från Sydostasien längs Polynesien och till Madagaskar, men urvalet täcker dig för det mesta av din resa i Austronesian-området. Austronesiska språk tenderar att ha olika grad av artighet - med låg artighet för vardagligt bruk till en artig och då väldigt artig, nästan regal form.

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Where Is It Spoken?

Malaysia

Singapore

Brunei

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Malayo-Polynesian

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Fun facts about Malay

Although Malay is very similar to Indonesian, there are some big differences in meaning. For example, 'buntu' means 'tail' in Indonesian but 'backside' in Malay! 'Sup buntut sapi' or Indonesian oxtail soup sounds more like 'ox buttocks soup' in Malay.

The grammar is fairly simple, with no gender and no verb tenses.

Plurals are indicated by simply repeating a word: 'burung' means 'bird' and 'burung-burung' means 'birds'.

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