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Brunei

What languages are spoken in Brunei?

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December 09, 2017 1:30AM

The official language of Brunei is Malay, or Bahasa Melayu ('Malay language'). Malay is a compulsory subject in schools, but what is more commonly spoken is a local dialect known as 'Brunei Malay', which can itself be split into further local sub-dialects.

English is used as a second language and is widely spoken. It is also the language of business and the main medium of instruction in education.

There are a variety of other languages spoken as well by some communities, including different Chinese and Indian dialects, though these are not as common.
The official language of Brunei is Malay, or Bahasa Melayu ('Malay language'). However, English is used as a second language and is widely spoken. It is also the language of business and the main medium of instruction in education.
Brunei's official language is Malay, although English is widely spoken and is used as a medium of instruction at most levels of education. Several dialects of Chinese are also spoken.
Malay and English
Malay (B.Melayu) and English

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December 02, 2017 5:37AM

The 1 official language of Brunei is Standard Malay (Bahasa Melayu).

Brunei Malay is the most widely spoken language.

English is a recognized language, and it is widely spoken.


This is a list of local languages and dialects in Brunei:

  1. Brunei Malay
  2. Jawi Malay
  3. Tutong dialect
  4. Kedayan dialect
  5. Belait dialect
  6. Chinese (Hokkien, Hakka, Mandarin and Cantonese)


This is a list of Indigenous languages

  1. Murut
  2. Dusun
  3. Brunei Bisaya

Arabic is the language of the Quran and is used by Islamic scholars in Brunei.


Brunei Darussalam Sign Language is the language of the deaf community in Brunei.