Bahasa: A Guide to Malay Languages
Written by Hidayah Amin
Illustrated by Idris Ali
Bahasa: A Guide to Malay Languages explains common Malay words and their equivalent meanings in eight Nusantara languages of the Malay Archipelago: Banjar, Bawean, Buginese, Javanese, Malay, Minangkabau, Slitar, Tagalog. Personal anecdotes by the author and charming illustrations are framed by a brief history of the Malay peoples, thereby offering a unique lesson and experience of these eight ethnic groups. As the presence of these languages continues to diminish in everyday conversations, this book hopes to revive interest in these languages and preserve the knowledge for the future generations. This guide is accessible by readers of all ethnicities. Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscopic diversity of these Malay languages. Let it serve as a delightful introduction to the scintillating spirit of the different Malay ethnic groups, found through their mother tongues. Which new words will you learn today?
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A unique book exploring different Malay words and where they stem from, accompanied by illustrations to explain each word. Sure to pique the interest of anyone with even a smattering of knowledge of Bahasa.