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Malay belongs to the Austronesian languages and is the official language of Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. It is also spoken in the south of the Philippines, in Southern Thailand, and in part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. In total, 77 million people speak Malay. The Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) is based on Malay dialects and is spoken as a first or second language by 150 to 200 million people. This means Malay is an important lingua franca (common communication language) throughout the entire region.

A common language

The official standard for Malay (also known as Bahasa Riau, or, language of the Riau Archipelago) is the result of extensive research and consultation, because creating a standard was no easy task. The search for original Malay was unsuccessful, because wherever people looked, all they found were varieties. And the origin of High Malay also remained unclear. It would have been desirable to use High Malay as a starting point for Standard Malay, because the Low Malay dialects spoken by the population were somewhat looked down upon. But it would not be so. The only option – just like in Indonesia – was to arrange spoken Malay and promote it into the new standard language.

New language, new dialects
Language and culture

It should be clear that language and culture are ‘living organisms’. That is why it is important that translations are made by translators who live in their country of origin and can taste their own language and culture on a daily basis. We call such translators in-country translators. We apply this principle everywhere, which means we work with a large number of translators.

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Because we are in possession of the highest possible European quality standards for translation agencies (ISO 9001 and ISO 17100), strict requirements are imposed on us, and the translators we work with. But we take things to the next level by also giving you a lowest price guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are wondering how we can be so good and inexpensive at the same time, you can find out here. And on this independent website, you can read reviews from our clients.

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Translation Agency has the highest certificates for translation agencies: ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 17100:2015. Top quality and service are always our number one priority.


Translation Agency is a member of the VViN and EUATC; Organisations of translation agencies that work together to optimise quality and service.