Malay Translation

Professional translation and interpreter services for Malay-English and English-Malay.

Key business reforms have helped Malaysia climb the ranks of the best-performing economies in the world.

Culturally, business is personal and based on trust. Communication must be about building relationships, not simply exchanging facts and information

  1. 24/7 availability
  2. Order status tracking
  3. Immediate project launch
  4. Experienced, certified translators

Thanks to 30+ years’ translation and localisation experience, and thousands of certified linguists, our expert teams will swiftly and sympathetically translate your Malay texts to English (and vice versa).

About Malay

  • Malay (also known as Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Melayu) is an Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian family.
  • There are some 80 million native speakers, but the worldwide figures are somewhat disputed. While Malaysians consider Indonesian (or Bahasa Indonesia) to be a branch of Malay, most Indonesians believe it to be a distinct language in its own right. Estimates for Malay (either including or excluding Indonesian) are therefore vastly different.
  • As well as being the national language of Malaysia, Malay has official status in Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore. Significant speaking populations can also be found in Myanmar, Thailand, East Timor, Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States.
  • Ancient Malay (or Proto-Malay) is believed to have existed in prehistoric times and been spoken by the early Austronesian settlers to the region.
  • Lexically, the Malay language features many loan words from Sanskrit, Persian, Tamil, Greek, Latin, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic and certain Chinese dialects.
  • Modern Malay loan words come primarily from English (trade and technology). Within Malaysia, a form of colloquial English is spoken (known as Manglish).
  • Malaysians normally write in a Latin alphabet (Rumi). An alternative, modified Arabic alphabet (Jawi) doesn’t have official status but is usually accepted on students’ examination papers. Both alphabets have official status in Brunei.

Malay translation facts

  • Malay is an extremely diversified language, with innumerable dialects and creoles.
  • Translation between English and Malay can be a delicate process. As well as important cultural considerations, Malay has a number of grammatical rules with no English counterparts, making word-for-word transcription challenging.
  • There is also little crossover in the vocabularies of the two languages. The loan words taken from English tend to undergo spelling changes to match the Malay orthography.
  • Plurals in Malay are denoted by repeating the word, so ‘batu-batu’ doesn’t translate as ‘stone-stone’ – it means ‘stones’.
  • In English, verbs don’t change nearly as often (or in as many different ways) as they do in Malay.
  • Malay has multiple ways of expressing the second-person pronoun (you). Considerations include: the dialect, number, gender and the appropriate level of formality.

Malay translation and interpretation services

Trusted by businesses thebigword is first choice for companies requiring fast, effective Malay translation. Our skilled and experienced native speakers are available 24/7 for all your Malay-English and English-Malay business translation needs.

Quality assured

Successfully handling up to 50,000 global assignments every day, thebigword has invested heavily in innovative language technology and expert operational teams to ensure high quality outcomes, on time, every time.

Talented linguists

With access to 15,000+ talented linguists worldwide, you can expect the perfect, native speaker to meet your specific business requirements. Our translators work around the clock to ensure all your deadlines are met.

Unbeatable pricing

With no upfront fees/contracts, simply choose the pricing model to best suit your project needs.


Through our vast experience as an Malay Language Services Provider we’ve gained unrivalled knowledge of translating and localising public-facing content, including websites, software and training materials. You can always trust us to ensure your messages hit the target.

Malay global marketing

Malay software and app localisation

Malay enterprise translation

Malay multimedia services

Malay e-learning localisation

Malay legal translation

Malay website localisation

Malay crowd sourced translation (CST)

Malay machine translation


Qualified Malay language professionals

Contact us today to find an Malay translator or interpreter for your business needs. We deliver on time, every time, with linguists ready to assist you with:

  1. Malay Telephone Interpreting
  2. Malay Face to Face Interpreting
  3. Malay Video Remote Interpreting
  4. Malay Conference Interpreting
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Why thebigword?

Transform your global communications with our world-class expertise, specialist project managers and advanced language technology.

  1. Interpretation, translation and localisation services to help you trade anytime, anywhere
  2. Agile technology at the touch of a button
  3. Timely solutions available 24/7/365
  4. Strong, long-term client partnerships
  5. Delivering the best services every time