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Tetum: Not Malay or Indonesian

Tetum is a language of the Austronesian family and, along with Portuguese, is spoken in East Timor. And, while it is strongly influenced by Malay and Indonesian, it is, indeed, a different language. Some history to understand why Portuguese and Tetum are spoken in this area Back in the 15th century, language spoken in Central […]

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Things to Know about the Malay Language

Malay is a language that belongs to the Austronesian family of languages, a group that encompasses languages spoken in parts of Southeast Asia, the Pacific, a small part of continental Asia and the Indian Ocean, in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand and Madagascar. It is the official language of Malaysia, Brunei and […]

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What Languages Are Spoken in the Philippines?

The language of the Philippines was originally written in the Baybayin script, which in turn is similar to those used in Java, Bali and Sumatra. (For those not so familiar with these languages, they date back to the Brahmi inscriptions in India in the third century BC). Today, the Latin alphabet has replaced the previous […]

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