English to Malay Translation

Population: 200-300 million people in the world speak Malay. Approximately 4.9 million have access to the internet.

Search engines: http://www.google.com.sg/intl/ms/http://www.mycen.com.my/

Character Encodings:

Language Code: ms

Charset: ISO-8859-1

Geographical Location: Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, southern Thailand, southern Phillipines.

Literacy Rate: Malaysia 88&%, Brunei 93.9%, Singapore 92.5%.

Dialects: Official standard dialect is Bahasa Riau.

Currency: Malaysian ringgit (MYR), Bruneian dollar (BND), Singapore dollar (SGD).

Language Tips: Malay is an ancient language that was the precursor Indonesian. Malay is a subject-verb-object language. Malay has borrowed from many languages including Sanskrit, Arabic, Portuguese, Dutch and Chinese. Malay uses the Latin alphabet, and also uses Jiwi which is a modified version of the Arabic writing system. Malay-speakers use the Arabic numbering system and use decimals and commas opposite to the American version. For instance ten thousand, nine hundred twenty three point four would be written 10.923,4.

On a typical business card: We would recommend leaving the person’s name and company name in English script. Addresses can often be left in English as well; however, city and country names should be translated if the Malayan equivalent differs from English.

Facts were compiled from:
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook
http://www.internetworldstats.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahasa_Melayu
http://www.searchenginecolossus.com/Malaysia.html
http://www.searchenginecolossus.com/Singapore.html
http://www.science.co.il/Language/Character-Sets.asp