Malay may not the most spoken language in the world, but it is the national language of four countries in Southeast Asia including Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore.
The language is spoken almost similar in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. For Indonesia, the language is a little bit different. But still, most of the words can be understood by all four countries.
This fact may surprise you, but did you know there are other countries that use Malay in their daily conversations as well?
Cocos Islands and Christmas Island, which are located in Australian territory, use the same language as Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. Southern Philippines and parts of Thailand also use Malay as everyday communication.
So why not learn Malay in Malaysia now? It is indeed a great investment for you.
List Of Malay Course In George Town
We have come up with a list of Malay language courses available in George Town for you. Take a look at the list. You might find one that interests you.
1. Alliance Francaise de Penang
About the centre:
Founded in 1962, Alliance Francaise de Penang was originally a non-profit association to promote French culture and civilization. It also functions as the dissemination of knowledge of the French language. To understand the need for Malay language proficiency among foreigners, this language centre started to offer a Malay language course for non-Malay speakers in order to build their confidence and competence in the language.
About the course:
Although Alliance Francaise de Penang focuses on learning the French language, it also offers the Malay language, especially for foreigners. The course will be taught by experienced teachers. Students will be guided as a beginner until they can confidently use their Malay language in an everyday situation.
The course will be run online. The fees for 1 person is RM450 per session. Each session will last for 10 weeks which equals 15 hours. There will be a compulsory membership for all student which cost you RM60.
Alliance Francaise de Penang is located at Jalan Phuah Hin Leong.
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Saturday: 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM
Sunday and Monday: Closed
2. Fluency International Learning House
About the centre:
Fluency International Learning House was established in Malaysia in 1999. It started as EDUEXCEL Tutorial to cater to primary and secondary students. Soon, it grows and offers multiple programs for English and other international language programs including the Malay language.
About the course:
In this language centre, students will be learning the Malay language with step by step and guided programmes. The program is open to children, teenagers and also adults. It is designed especially for expatriates who come to Malaysia either for work or study. With the structure designed course, the student will be able to equip themselves with the ability to communicate and understand the Malay language.
Fluency International Learning House is based at Hunza Complex, Greenlane Height.
Monday to Friday: 9.00Am - 5.00PM
Saturday: 9.00Am - 12.30PM
Sunday and public holiday: Closed
3. ELEC Language Centre
About the centre:
ELEC Language Centre offers a lot of languages for students to learn for example English, Chinese, Arabic, German, Korean and Malay. All the teachers are qualified native speakers of each language. It provides physical and online learning session for student convenience. All the language learning programs and courses provided the highest academic standards to meet different learning objectives and aspiration.
About the course:
This language centre offers a Malay language course for both native and non-native speakers. In this course you will be taught four language skill including writing, listening, reading and speaking. The aims for this course is to assist students to be able to the Malay language in their everyday life and at the same time to introduce Malaysian culture to expatriate. The course is taught using creative, modern and engaging teaching techniques to make sure students are having a great educational experience.
ELEC Language Centre is located at Wisma Leader.
Monday to Friday: 8.30 AM - 6.00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Other than these listed language centres, you may also find some other classes in the neighbouring district in Seberang Perai.
Tutorial In Malay On Superprof
If you think attending Malay classes physically could be a little bit intimidating, fret not. You can always look for a private teacher online on Superprof.
Superprof is an online tutoring site that offers a wide range of tutors who can teach you the Malay language locally in Ipoh for instance. You can choose to either go for a face-to-face learning session or an online session. You can find your tutor from Petaling Jaya even if you are staying in Kedah.
You and your tutor can discuss and choose a number of tools to communicate remotely if you choose online learning sessions. You can use Skype, Google Hangout, Zoom or other communication tools preferred.
Thinking about learning subjects other than Malay? You are in the right place. Superprof also provides tutors in other subjects such as Mathematics, English, Science and Physics.
But, that's not all. Superprof also offers other disciplines such as music, health and fitness and arts. There are no more excuses. It's time to learn!
Meet Your Malay Teacher Online
Meeting your tutor online for the first time maybe a little bit weird and uncomfortable. Mostly because this is the first time both of you interact with each other and the fact that they are not physically there with you.
However, things will be okay as soon as you start your lesson. To make the lesson goes smoothly, it is advisable that you do some preparation.
These are the three important things you need to start your online courses.
A good internet connection.
For learning online, Internet is a great tool to connect you with your Malay tutor from other places such Kuala Lumpur. Getting yourself an excellent internet connection will avoid you from having delays or screen freezes while learning online. Low speed might interrupt your sessions with your tutor.
You can choose wireless broadband or fibreoptic internet according to your budget. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive package. There is a lot of reasonable internet package you can find these days.
It is difficult to learn without seeing other parties, let it be you or the tutor. Most of the laptops these days are equipped with a built-in camera. While the previous desktop model might probably not.
Invest some money on a webcam so the tutor can see you. An average webcam is not that expensive. You can get yourself a decent webcam under RM100 for sure.
A decent headset.
Laptops usually have both microphone and speakers. But sometimes the quality of them is not up to par. If you own a desktop computer, you will need to invest in an external microphone and speakers too.
Carefully select the best quality headset with a decent microphone to help you have a good learning experience with your tutor. It is a total waste if you invested in a private tutor but in the end, you can not listen to them clearly due to this small interruption.
Tuition In Malay - Introduction To The Language
Some of the Malay words are heavily influenced by Arabic, Sanskrit, Portuguese and Dutch dialects. There are some examples of loanwords in Malay that you might want to know.
Source of borrowing: From Arabic word ‘dunya’
Source of borrowing: From Sanskrit word ‘guru’
Source of borrowing: From Portuguese word ‘armário’
Source of borrowing: From Dutch word ‘risico’
Did you know that there are some English words that came from the Malay language? Let’s take a look what are the English words that are derived from the Malay language.
Meaning: A parrot with an erectile crest.
Original word: Kakatua
Meaning: A white volatile crystalline substance with an aromatic smell and bitter taste, occurring in certain essential oils.
Original word: Kapur
Meaning: In a violently raging, wild, or uncontrolled manner
Original word: Amuk
Meaning: A field where rice is grown or rice before threshing or in the husk.
Original word: Padi
The Malay language isn’t hard at all, right?
Malay Language Course For Foreigners - Where To Start?
As a foreigner in Malaysia with no basics in its language, it could be challenging to settle in. This is true especially when you come here all alone and has no friends at all.
You could start learning the Malay language to avoid frustration. And at the same time gaining more local friends. There are a lot of Malay courses offered by learning centres in Shah Alam or anywhere near you.
Mastering the Malay language will help you when you travelling outsides of the town like remote places in Pahang, Sabah or Sarawak. There are fewer people speaking English, especially in far-off villages.
Why would you be going to those places, you ask? There are where you can indulge in the nicest locations, beautiful nature and calming environment. You can lose yourself with white sand beaches, rocky mountains or even spectacular waterfalls.
Does this article excite you to learn the Malay language yet?