Malaysian language
Thread poster: krishna mallick

krishna mallick
Local time: 04:05
Japanese to English
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Jul 12, 2002

What is the language spoken in Malaysia? What are the other common languages there?

In order to attend business meet, or meeting a customer company, how to address and what is the formal greeting?

Please let me know these and anything else that you would like to share.


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xxxA-MMI  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:35
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Malaysian Jul 12, 2002

Malaysia is composed of many races. The national language is Malay. English is spoken widely. There are Chinese and Indian dialects, etc. Because of this, answers to your questions will not be brief.

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tongue tied
Local time: 23:35
Ethnologue Jul 12, 2002

Great resource for locating spoken languages around the world is

In this case, for Malaysia, the most spoken language is Malay.

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Beth Kantus  Identity Verified
United States
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reference Jul 12, 2002

Please take a look at the topic \"Two etiquette sites\" posted by Evert DELOOF-SYS in the forum on Business Issues. Evert has provided two web references that should prove very helpful to you.

One of them is:

Good luck!

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shfranke  Identity Verified
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Malay Language Jul 12, 2002


Some data on the national languages of Malaysia are below.

You might also advise your requestor to learn some social amenities and protocol greetings in Malay and use those expressions during initial contacts and meetings with Malaysians, and then conduct business in English, which apparently is the \"lingua franca\" for commercial and \"foreign official\" transactions.

Helpful also to have imprinted business cards with data in English on one side and the same information in Malay on the other side. Insure that the corporate log or other symbol appears on both sides.

Also helpful to learn basics of Islam and Islamic influences on the business standards, senstitivies and practices in Malaysia.

You might do web searches on business etiquette and protocol in Malaysia, as several authoritative and accurate websites exist.

Hope this helps.

Regards from Los Angeles.

S. H. Franke


National or official language: Malay.

21,410,000 (1998 UN).

Also includes Burmese, Western Cham, Chinese Sign Language, Malayalam 37,000, Eastern Panjabi 43,000, Telugu 30,000, people from Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom.

Information mainly from S. Wurm and S. Hattori, 1981. Deaf population 31,000 (1980).

The number of languages listed in the SIL database (Ethnologue) for Malaysia is 140. Of those, 139 are living languages, and 1 is extinct.

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