Malay alphabet

ISO basic Latin alphabet without any diacritics, used to write Malay and Bahasa Indonesia

The modern Malay alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet. It is used to write Malay.

It contains the same letters as the English language alphabet. Q, V, and X are not used in native Malay words. The Malay alphabet contains 26 letters:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Letter names and pronunciationsEdit

Letter Name IPA Notes
Aa e /a/ or /ɑ/
Bb bi /b/
Cc si /tʃ/
Dd di /d/
Ee e /ə/, /e,ɛ/
Ff ef /f/
Gg ji /g/
Hh ec /h/
Ii i /i/
Jj jey /dʒ/
Kk key /k/
Ll el /l/
Mm em /m/
Nn en /n/
Oo o /ɔ,o/
Pp pi /p/
Qq kiu /q/
Rr ar /r/
Ss es /s/
Tt ti /t/
Uu u /u/
Vv vi /v, ʋ/
Ww dabaliu /w/
Xx eks /s/ / /z/
Yy wai /j/
Zz zed /z/

Diphthongs

Consonant combinations

UsageEdit

Actual written examples of the Malay language:

Good day

Apa khabar

What is your name?

Siapa nama anda?

Do you speak Malay?

Bolehkah anda bercakap Bahasa Melayu?

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