Malay Translation


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Professional Malay translation services for businesses and individuals

Malay is an official language in several different states – including the burgeoning economies of Malaysia and Indonesia. This means that communicating in Malay opens up several new and exciting markets for your company. But Malaysian, Indonesian, and many other dialects of Malay are distinct languages, with different vocabularies, orthographies, and pronunciations…

Asian Absolute’s professional Malay translation and interpreting services let you and your UK company do business like a native speaker anywhere Malay is used. With our help, you’ll naturally work with local cultural preferences and ways of doing business in mind. Make sure that, whether you’re meeting local partners for the first time or designing the most convincing Malay marketing materials, you’re doing so from a position of confidence and authority.

And with Indonesia being the fourth most populous nation in the world, Malaysia is the third largest economy in South-East Asia – not to mention the huge number of other speakers of various Malay dialects up and down the Malacca Straits – that are some important markets you could be trading in.

Why choose Asian Absolute?

Our native-speaking language specialists ensure that you always take into account cultural norms and styles. You’ll be communicating, converting, and negotiating as easily as you do in your own mother tongue.

This means that our native Malay speakers will ensure that the style, accuracy, and fluency of your text are preserved when translating into that language. Meanwhile, your project requiring Malay to English translation will always be worked upon by English native-speaking linguists.

  • Work with a qualified and experienced specialist in your particular field or industry
  • Benefit from the fastest possible turnaround via our round-the-clock global network
  • Speak clearly and powerfully with native Malay interpreters and translators, and vice versa with native English-speaking language specialists
  • Communicate in any dialect or register of Malay spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei…
  • All work you get from us meets the critical ISO:9001 quality management standard


Asian Absolute helped in the challenging task of building a world-class translation service. They provide top quality, personal service.

Financial Times

I was extremely impressed by Asian Absolute’s hard work to complete the project to our high standards and within a very tight timeframe.

Global Witness

Many thanks for your help and also for providing an interpreter for the week, she was absolutely fantastic and a real life-saver!

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Facts about the Malay language – confusion over “bahasa” translation services

The word for “language” in Malay is “Bahasa“. Thus:

  1. Malaysian– is properly called Bahasa Malaysia, “Malaysian language”
  2. Indonesian – is properly called Bahasa Indonesia, “Indonesian language”

At Asian Absolute, we often find that we’re asked for  “Bahasa” translation services. Generally, in these cases, we find that it is Indonesian or Malaysian language capability that our clients are looking for. But we’ll always be happy to advise you about which dialect of Malay will be most suitable when you tell us which market or area you are targeting.

The industries which use our Malay translation and interpreting services

Because of our extensive experience working with professionals and companies in all sectors of industry, we know how important it is to make sure you get matched with a linguist who’s an expert in your field. Some of the industries we specialise in include:

  • Law and legal– legal document translation, specific Malay legal terminology in different nations and jurisdictions.
  • Financial– location-specific financial terminology and document filing expertise.
  • Marketing– powerful and effective localisation of your marketing materials into a culturally persuasive and appropriate message for any region where Malay is spoken.

You can also take advantage of the experts in life sciencesmanufacturingengineering, IT, retail, and many other sectors found amongst our worldwide network of linguists.



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Malay interpreters for any dialect and any country

In addition to the Malay translation services we deliver to our London and global clients, we also provide both consecutive and simultaneous interpreters who are native speakers of all standardised registers of Malay. This includes many of the dialects spoken in:

  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Brunei
  • Singapore (Malay is one of four official languages here)
  • Sumatra
  • Thailand
  • The Christmas Islands
  • In certain parts of the Philippines, where Malay is a trade language

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Give us a call or contact us online, quickly and easily, now. You’ll get clear answers to any questions you might have and be able to get a free quote on the Malay translation and interpreting services you need in London, the UK, and around the world at your convenience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What language is Malay?

Malay is officially spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore, as well as unofficially in East Timor and parts of Thailand.

It is sometimes referred to as Bahasa Malaysia in Malay, which translates as “Malaysian language”. In Indonesia, the official language – Indonesian – is an autonomous normative variety of Malay known as Bahasa Indonesia (“Indonesian language”). Malay is also widely spoken in Indonesia as a second language.

In the past few decades, Malay has started to be referred to as Bahasa Melayu (“the language of the Malays”) in an effort to bring all of the Malay peoples closer together.

What language is Malay similar to?

Malay has many dialects and varieties, most importantly Indonesian. Besides those, Malay shares most aspects with Sumatran languages like Minangkabau, Kerintji, and Rejang.

As an Austronesian language, it is also technically related to others in this language group, including those spoken in Borneo, Java, and Vietnam as well as – very distantly – Tagalog.

Why are Malay and Tagalog similar?

Malay and Tagalog are both members of the Austronesian language family. However, there are other reasons why Tagalog and Malay have some similarities.

Malay – most commonly creoles and trade languages based on it – is spoken by a minority in the Philippines. Indonesian – a variety of Malay – is also spoken in the Philippines, often in business and by Indonesian expats.

The language was also used heavily in the Philippines as a lingua franca prior to Spanish colonisation and is taught today as a foreign language to students and members of the Philippine military.

You will find many Malay loanwords in Tagalog – especially in Filipino, the standardised variety of Tagalog that is the national language of the Philippines. These loanwords are more often used in the south, south-west, and north-west of the Phillippines, where there has historically been more cultural exchange with Malay-speaking regions and peoples.

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