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4.0 out of 5 stars Depends where you use it, 5 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Lonely Planet Malay Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) (Paperback)
I purchased this version - Bahasa Malay [= Malay language]for my forthcoming holiday in Java and Bali next year in July. A little later I discovered that, though it has many words in common with Bahasa Indonesia, the language used in the Indonesian islands, this particular phrase book is more influenced by the English language due to the British colonisation, a simple example: when asking for the bill, ask for 'bil'

The Bahasa Indonesia is influenced not only by the Dutch during their colonisation, but also by the many languages spoken in the many Indonesian islands, predominantly by the Javanese and many other Eastern languages, due to their being the centre of the spice trade. The same example: when asking for the bill, ask for 'bon'

While both phrase books are excellent in their own right, make sure you select the right one: Malay if you go to Singapore or to any of the other Malay countries and Indonesian when travelling in Sumatra, Java, Bali, the Indonesian part of Borneo, now Kalimantan and the other Indonesian islands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an informative small book, 27 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Lonely Planet Malay Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) (Paperback)
well it has a lot of information.....I just ordered because I like to learn different kinds of basic languages......and malay was one of them.
It is funny that there are several words which comes from indian subcontinent! So people living in these countries have a little bit easier to learn malay! but good book for learner of malaysian/indonesian:-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Nov. 2014
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