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The modern Malay alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet. It is used to write Malay.

It contains the same letters as the English language alphabet, with the exception of q, v, and x, for a total of 23 letters:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U W Y Z
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p r s t u w y z

Letter names and pronunciations

Letter Name IPA Notes
Aa e /a/ or /ɑ/
Bb bi /b/
Cc si /tʃ/
Dd di /d/
Ee e /ə/, /e,ɛ/
Ff ef /f/
Gg ji /g/
Hh ec /h/
Ii i /i/
Jj jey /dʒ/
Kk key /k/
Ll el /l/
Mm em /m/
Nn en /n/
Oo o /ɔ,o/
Pp pi /p/
Qq kiu /q/
Rr ar /r/
Ss es /s/
Tt ti /t/
Uu u /u/
Vv vi /v, ʋ/
Ww dabaliu /w/
Xx eks /s/ / /z/
Yy wai /j/
Zz zed /z/

Diphthongs

Consonant combinations

Usage

Actual written examples of the Malay language:

Good day

Apa khabar

What is your name?

Siapa nama anda?

Do you speak Malay?

Bolehkah anda bercakap Bahasa Melayu?

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