Malaysian voice-over production made simple
As an established Malaysian voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Malaysian Voice-Over Service and Malaysian Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Malaysian voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Malaysian voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Malaysian voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Malaysian voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Malaysian audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Malaysian voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
Voice-over selection and quotation in just three easy steps
1. browse the voice-over demos below and click PLAY to audition each casting sample
2. choose the voice(s) you like and click ADD to your Quick Quote, or DOWNLOAD a copy
3. complete the Quick Quote and we’ll check availability and costs, with a response in just 1 hour
A short history of the Malay language
Malay belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian family of languages. It is most closely related to Javanese, Acehnese, Chamorro and Palauan.
The development of the Malay language is commonly divided into five periods:
- Ancient Malay – before the 4th century – some linguists believe that Proto-Malay, the mother of all Malay dialects, was spoken by early Austronesian settlers in the region.
- Old Malay – 4th to 14th century – during this time the language was greatly influenced by Sanskrit.
- Classical Malay – 14th to 18th century – this period of development reflects the influence of Islam, together with the Persian and Arabic languages. Classical Malay became the lingua franca for the whole region around the Straits of Malacca, and was also used to communicate with European colonial powers.
- Pre-Modern Malay – 19th century – during this time Malay was influenced by the Western colonial languages, particularly English, Dutch and Portuguese. Advances in printing, the setting up of newspapers, and the establishment of schools all helped to spread the Malay language.
- Modern Malay – 20th century – Malay became more standardised; a joint spelling system was agreed between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Which countries have Malay as a national language?
Malay is the official language of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and East Timor. It is one of four official languages of Singapore.
How many people speak Malay as their first language?
It is estimated that around 40 million people speak Malay as their first language, with a further 180 million people speaking it as a second language.
Did you know…
- Standard Malay is known by different names in different countries. In Malaysia it’s called Bahasa Malaysia (Malaysian language), in Indonesia it’s called Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language), while in Singapore and Brunei it’s simply Bahasa Melayu (Malay language).
- Malay has been written using different scripts at different points in its history. Old Malay was written using Pallava and Kawi scripts (still used by the Champa Malay in Vietnam and Cambodia), Classical Malay was written using Jawi, a modified Arabic script (still used in Brunei), and Modern Malay uses the Latin script, called Rumi. In Malaysia there is a movement to revive the use of Jawi.
The Malaysian economy
Malaysia has an upper middle-income economy, the third largest in South East Asia (after Indonesia and Thailand), and the 29th largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity (as of 2012). It is the world’s largest Islamic banking and financial centre.
Although Malaysia has evolved from being a producer of raw materials to a diversified, multi-sector economy, it is still one of the world’s biggest producers of palm oil, rubber and timber. Tourism has become increasingly important.