Brunei Languages

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There are a number of languages spoken in Brunei. [1]

  • Standard Malay - Also known as simply Malay. The official language of Brunei. Both the Latin alphabet (Rumi) and the Arabic alphabet (Jawi) are used. Malay was written in Jawi script before it was switched in to Latin alphabet around 1941.
  • Brunei Malay - Also known as Melayu Brunei. The principal spoken language. It is rather divergent from standard Malay.
  • English - Widely used as a business and official language. It is spoken by a majority of the population. Used in business as a working language and as the language of instruction from primary to tertiary education
  • Chinese Languages - also widely spoken by the Chinese Minority.
  • Arabic - religious language of Muslims. Taught in schools, particularly religious schools, and also in institutes of higher learning.
  • Other languages and dialects spoken include -- Kedayan Malay dialect, Tutong Malay dialect, Murut, and Dusun. [2]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]



Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]


  • Vernon Edwards Hendershot & W G Shellabear, A dictionary of standard Malay (Malay-English), Mountain View, Calif., Omaha, Neb. Pacific Press Pub. Association, 1945 - Available at WorldCat
  • A E Coope, Malay-English/English-Malay Dictionary, New York : Hippocrene Books, 1993 - Available at WorldCat
  • Suwito Santoso, Unabridged new crown dictionary of national language : Malay-English, English-Malay, Singapore : Phoenix, 1969 - Available at WorldCat
  • Brunei Malay dictionary, Brunei: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1998 - Available at WorldCat

Online Dictionaries

Language Aids

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Languages of Brunei," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 18 Aug 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Brunei," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 18 Aug 2021.