Malay Language for Foreign Students

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* Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia is written in romanised script consists of alphabets A to Z. So Bahasa Melayu is not phonetics. * Words in Bahasa Melayu are syllable. * From all of the alphabets, five letters are vowels while the rest of the alphabets are consonants.

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Malay Language for Foreign StudentsMalay Language for Foreign StudentsBahasa Malaysia KomunikasiULAM1112Pelajaran I (Lesson 1)SEBUTAN DAN INTONASII. THE ALPHABET* Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia is written in romanised script consists of alphabets A to Z. So Bahasa Melayu is not phonetics. * Words in Bahasa Melayu are syllable. * From all of the alphabets, five letters are vowels while the rest of the alphabets are consonants.II.THE VOWELSThere are six vowels in Bahasa Malaysia:ais pronounced as aa/arsaya (I)ayah (father)adik (younger brother/sister)mana? (where?)e (taling)is pronounced as a in English lettermeja (table)elok (beautiful)ekor (tail)kemah (tend)e (pepet)is pronounced as eerpeta (map)emak (mother)sentuh (taouch)kelas (class)iis pronounced as eeini (this/these)itu (that)kiri (left)peti (box)ois pronounced as obola (ball)otak (brain)kotak (box)kotor (dirty)uis pronounced as oobuku (book)ubat (medicine)lembu (cow)baru (new)III.THE DIFTHONGSThere are three diphtongs:aiis pronounced as iemisai (moustache)kedai (shop)salai (smoked)gadai (mortgage)auis pronounced as owpisau (knife)hijau (green)risau (worry)kalau (if)oiis pronounced as ouyamboi (oh!)koboi (cow boy)kaloi (a kind of fish)IV.THE CONSONANTSIn generals the pronunciation of consonants is the same as in English except for:cis pronounced as chcuci (wash)cawan (cup)cari (find)cantik (beautiful)g is pronounced hard as

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