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Instruction derived from books must be supplemented by constant practice in speaking with Malays not with Malay-speaking Asiatics of other nationalities before idioms can be mastered. Until some facility in framing sen- tences according to native idioms has been attained, and it has been perceived how shades of meaning may be conveyed by emphasis, or by the position of a word in the sentence, the European will find it difficult to convey his ideas in Malay, even with a considerable vocabulary of words at his disposal.

Person plural is kita or kami, we. Kita is used MANUAL OF THE MALAY LANGUAGE. when the person addressed on is 49 intended to be included. the contrary, like the royal " we " Kami, in English, excludes the person addressed. Sometimes the word orang is added without changing the signification ; as kita orang, we. Other forms are also in use, but they are generally provincialisms confined to particular states or districts. Sahaya in Kedah, and apa, lata apa, and hamba tuan apa are used sahaya-ma in Perak, for Jcita orang.

Arimo, D. harimaung, panther), a tiger, may have been formed from Hari (Krishna or Vishnu) and mriga (an animal). , Krish7ia-mriga (the black 1 The terms in use for antelope), mahd-mriga (an elephant). not "horse" and "sheep" seem to indicate that those animals were first brought to Malay countries from India. KUda, horse (Kw. and S. kuda), is derived by Crawfurd from ghora Biri-biri (sheep) is (Hindi), by others from kudra (Tamul). ), a goat. Certain fabulous birds and reptiles which belong to the domain of Hindu mythology have their places also in 2 Malay folk-lore j such as garuda, the eagle of Vishnu, and Jatdyu (Malay jintdyu), a fabulous vulture; name given by Malays never seen, a dragon, is to a fabulous bird also evidently of Sanskrit origin.

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