Malay/Alphabet

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The Malay alphabet consists of 26 letters from the Latin alphabet, like the English alphabet, and is based of the Latin script. There are two different types of Malay. One being the currently used one, and the Jawi script.


Aa as in the word “ask”,

Bb same as in English

Cc like “tsh”.

Dd same as in English.

Ee as in “elevated”

Ff same as in English

Gg same as in English

Hh as in “Hotel”

Ii as in the word “ink” never as in the word “island”

Jj same as in English “job”

Kk same as in English although rare.

Ll like “l” in “life”.

Mm same as in English

Nn same as in English

Oo same as in English “Old” never as in “Hot” which is pronounced somehow like {hat}

Pp same as in English

Qq same as in English.

Rr same as in English

Ss same as in English

Tt same as in English not as sharp.

Uu as in the “ultra”, never as in the word “up” or “university”

Vv same as in English

Ww same as in English

Xx as “kh”, sometimes as “ks”

Yy same as in English.

Zz same as in English.


dz as “th” in “that”

kh as “kh” in “loch”

Ua as “ua”

Ny as “n” in the “espanol”

Ng as “n” in the “espanol”

Ngg as in “nieg”

Sy as in “sh”


The names are basically the same, except for Z, which is "zed".