About Malay Language
According to Wikipedia.org, Malay is the official language of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is also spoken unofficially in many parts of Thailand. You will be surprised to know that the native speakers of this language exceed 290 million. There are around 260 million people in Indonesia alone who speak Malay. Standard Malay has many different names. It is also known as Court Malay. Speakers find it easy to distinguish this language from others. Malay is written in the Latin script but Arabic script is also a huge part of it. However, this Latin script is more common among people of Malaysia and Brunei. Since the 17th century, this language is inspired by Dutch and Britain. Jawi script was also replaced by Rumi script that is now officially used for many purposes. Malay features many non-native consonants that are borrowed from English and Arabic words.
About Afrikaans Language
According to Wikipedia.org, Afrikaans is a West Germanic language. The language is widely spoken in South Africa, Namibia. It is also spoken in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe but it is a lesser spoken language in these countries. The Afrikaans language is also called Cape Dutch. It was developed by 17th-century Dutch. Afrikaans and English are the only languages that are the official languages of South Africa. Afrikaans is very similar to Dutch, but there are clear differences between the two. It differs from Standard Dutch and has a different sound system. Afrikaans was adopted in schools in 1914. It was also the official language in the Dutch Reformed Church in 1919. distinct Afrikaans literature also gained a lot of popularity in the 20th century. The translation of the Bible is also available in Afrikaans and it was first was published in 1933.