Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bahasa: Guide to Malay Languages


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 and Tagalog. Personal anecdotes by the author and charming illustrations frame a brief history of the Malay peoples, offering a unique lesson in the anthropology and experience of these eight ethnic groups. As the presence of these languages in everyday conversations gradually diminishes, it is hoped that this book may revive interest in these languages and preserve knowledge for the benefit of generations to come. 

This guide is accessible to and may be enjoyed by readers of all ethnicities. Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscopic diversity of these Malay languages. May this book serve as a delightful introduction to the scintillating spirit of the different Malay ethnic groups, embodied in their mother tongues. What new words will you learn today?

Author: Hidayah Amin
Illustrator: Idris Ali

Foreword written by
Professor Emeritus Abdullah Hassan
Linguist, and retired Professor of Malay Language Studies and Dean of School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia

ISBN 978-981-11-3883-6
Genre: English, non-fiction
Format: Paperback
Size: 240mm (height) x 140mm (width)
Pages: 256 
Target audience: Readers aged 10 and above, educators, parents, general public

Read Review here.

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