Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Brunei Darussalam : Language and People

People of Brunei
About Brunei Darussalam. The official language of Brunei Darussalam is Bahasa Melayu, but English is also widely spoken, especially in business and commerce. Jawi (Malay written in Arabic script) is taught in schools and most signs in the country are written in both Jawi and Roman script.

People of  Brunei, Malays make up around 67% of the 357,800 strong
population (including indigenous peoples of the Kedaya, Tutong, Belait, Bisaya, Dusan and Murut tribes). Chinese (15%), Indians, people of smaller tribes and some 15,000   20,000 expatriate workers from Europe and Asia make up the remainder of the population.
English is the official language in the office. If you wish you can learn some Malay here.
The satelite TV has many English language channels, one Dutch channel (BVN) in addition to Malay, Chinese and Indian.

Brunei People
Brunei Home
Brunei People
Brunei Local Girls

Bahasa Malay (Malay Language)

Yes Ya
No Tidak
Excuse me Ma'afkan saya
Pardon? Ma'af?
I'm sorry Ma'afkan saya
I don't understand Saya tidak faham

Good morning Selamat pagi
Good afternoon Selamat petang
Goodnight Selamat malam


Welcome Selamat Datang
Please  Tolong
Thank you Terima kasih
You're welcome Kembali
What is your name? Siapa nama awda?
My name is  Nama saya………
How much? Berapa?
Where is the toilet? Di mana tandas?
I want to go to  Saya mahu pergi ke……

We have a few languages institutes in our location.
The recommended language institutes are CFBT and Alliance Francais. These are registered and company-recognised.
The other schools, in Seria or Kuala Belait area, which can teach the local language -Malay- are recognised by the Ministry of Education of Brunei.

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