Shortlisted for Singapore Book Awards 2018, Best Non-Fiction Title
Bahasa: A Guide to Malay Languages explains common Malay words and their equivalent meanings in eight Nusantara languages of the Malay Archipelago: Banjar, Bawean, Buginese, Javanese, Malay, Minangkabau, Slitar, Tagalog. Personal anecdotes by the author and charming illustrations are framed by a brief history of the Malay peoples, thereby offering a unique lesson and experience of these eight ethnic groups. As the presence of these languages continues to diminish in everyday conversations, this book hopes to revive interest in these languages and preserve the knowledge for the future generations.
This guide is accessible by readers of all ethnicities. Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscopic diversity of these Malay languages. Let it serve as a delightful introduction to the scintillating spirit of the different Malay ethnic groups, found through their mother tongues. Which new words will you learn today?
Hidayah Amin had her first short story published when she was 11 years old. It was only when she lost her childhood home that she resumed writing and published Gedung Kuning in 2010. She has since written four non-fiction books (Malay Weddings Don’t Cost $50; Kampung Tempe; Bahasa) and three children’s books, including the award-winning The Mango Tree. (Mina Meets Cambridge; My Name is Mikhail: I have cerebral palsy).
One of the unique formats of her children’s books is the use of the dyslexie font which is suitable for readers with dyslexia. She has also published a series of books that come in Braille to cater to the needs of the visually impaired. In 2017, she has also published for other authors such as The Rain Tree by Lee Seow Ser, and My Name is Nadia: I have Autism by Huda Patel.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 256
Year Published: 2017