Hailing from Kedah in north Peninsular Malaysia, Wan Amirul has explored 30+ countries, including offbeat destinations like Hrodna and Pulau Bintan. Fluent in Malay, he has added English, Arabic and Russian under his language belt, while occasionally dabbles in others, the most recent being Japanese. In addition, he's into intriguing histories, crime TV series and the scent of adventure. Wan currently works in graduated in finance from a university in London.
Prepare to embark on a linguistic journey through the enchanting realm of the Northern Malay dialect group, as we celebrate Penang's role as the vibrant host city for this edition of The Language Event. Northern Malay, or natively known as "Loghat Utara" or "Pelet Utara" is widely spoken across states like Perlis, Kedah, Penang, and parts of Perak. Not to mention, this dialect transcends international borders, stretching all the way to Thailand's Satun Province and even touching Kawthaung in southern Myanmar. Prepare to unravel its secrets as we delve into the dialect's origins, its vast reach, and its fascinating nuances. The spotlight will shine on pronunciation rules, granting you the power to pass off as a local. In addition, basic phrases and sample sentences will also be the key focus areas of this presentation. But the exploration doesn't stop there. We'll unveil the subtle differences that distinguish various dialects within this linguistic family. Moreover, we'll dive into the art of "oversimplification" – where everyday terms in Standard Malay take on a whole new life in the Northern dialect. To enrich your experience, we'll draw comparisons, revealing the subtle differences between this dialect group, Standard Malay and the colloquial Kuala Lumpur dialect. This crash course isn't just about learning words; it's about embracing the essence of communication that shapes communities. Join us as we bridge cultures and languages, with Penang as our backdrop and the Northern Malay dialect as our guide. Your linguistic adventure begins here.