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The Malayic language family is the dominant language family in Malaysia and Indonesia, with the latter just so happening to be one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world. Malayic languages come from the Malayo–Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family, which is thought to have originated in modern-day Taiwan. Indonesian, the national language of Indonesia, is the biggest Malayic language, but most of the regional languages spoken throughout the country come from the same family. An important one is Jambi Malay, which is widely credited with the spread of Malayic languages throughout Indonesia.

Jambi Malay is separate from Indonesian, but it may be the reason Indonesian developed in the country. Jambi Malay is still spoken by around a million people in the province of Jambi, located on Indonesia’s western island of Sumatra. Unfortunately, Jambi Malay is under threat from Indonesian, particularly in urban areas like Jambi City, and revitalization efforts are crucial to preserving this unique and important language. As language lovers, we at don’t want to just sit by idly—so we made our own Jambi Malay translation team to assist with translation efforts.

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Jambi Malay: the original locus of Malay

As would be expected, most speakers of Jambi Malay live in Jambi, and the language is closely related to other Malayic languages in neighboring provinces, namely Palembang Malay in South Sumatra and Bengkulu Malay in Bengkulu. Jambi Malay is written in the Latin alphabet, like most languages in Indonesia, making it easy for English-speakers to read, even if they can’t understand it.

Unlike English, Jambi Malay doesn’t feature obligatory tense markers that clearly denote the time an action took place. Thus, without any context, the tense of a Jambi Malay sentence may be entirely unclear. Speakers may add time references like “yesterday,” “tomorrow,” or “right now” to indicate the past, present, or future, or they may add aspectual particles that provide tense information. For example, the progressive particle often indicates a currently ongoing action, while the perfective particle indicates a completed event. Another feature of Jambi Malay is the ability to construct independent relative clauses that are not attached to any noun. These constructions create a nuance of “that which …” or “the one that …”

Jambi Malay is a historically precious indigenous language of Indonesia that our translators are passionate about—and highly experienced in.

Our services cover translation both to and from Jambi Malay.

We know our clients have a wide array of needs, and it’s our job to cater to them as seamlessly as possible. That’s why we’ve sought out Jambi Malay translators who specialize in various types of translation, from literary translation to historical translation. That means we can help you translate old documents written in Jambi Malay, as well as literature (traditional and contemporary), which can help spread awareness of this precious culture. Our translators are equally passionate about translating educational content or entertainment content like books, poems, games, and websites into Jambi Malay, since we want to encourage speakers—young and old, urban and rural—to use their ancestral language more.

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