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What are the most common languages spoken in Kuala Lumpur?

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Are residents of Kuala Lumpur typically multilingual? What languages are most common? Here's what seven local experts had to say about language in Kuala Lumpur.

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Kuala Lumpur is a modern city where people can enjoy a varied experience regardless of their interest. You can take day trips from Kuala Lumpur to visit Hindu temples, taste the local food, and enjoy the beautiful nature. There are plenty of malls if retail therapy is something you are interested in. People are friendly and speak English well.

Deirdre, says: 2020

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia where different races live harmoniously. Generally, Malaysians can speak two or more languages. you do not have to worry about the language barrier here. If you are a food lover, KL is heaven! There are various types of food like nasi lemak, satay, roti canai and char koay teow.

Sharon, says: 2020

When someone moves to Kuala Lumpur, they should be well versed in multiple languages such as English, Bahasa Melayu or Mandarin. that they can experience the culture the city offers. It will make commute and dining-in so much more easier and it helps one to indulge in Malaysian colours.

Natasha, says: 2020

Kuala Lumpur is a city of diverse cultures. As such, sensitivity towards other cultures and knowledge of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures would be an added advantage when navigating the city. English is widely spoken, so language would not be an issue. The city is also a mecca for food lovers.

Timothy, says: 2020

Everyone here knows at least two languages so it’s not a big deal if your neighbour is bilingual, trilingual, or multilingual. To really experience our culture, it is almost a must to try the variety of foods we offer here; KL is a food haven. If you are planning to submit any documents to the government, please plan and submit in advance. Civil working hours are usually between 8:30am-12:30pm and 2-5pm, most likely because of the Muslim praying hours.

Wernery, says: 2020

Kuala Lumpur offers a multicultural and multilingual living environment. You will hear English, Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Tamil among the languages spoken by the locals. As you walk along the streets of Bukit Bintang you get to experience the various cultures of Southeast Asia, East and West Asia. If you are into food, try out the “mamak” restaurants that offer Malaysianized Tamil-Muslim cuisine at bargain prices.

Douglas, says: 2020

A cultural melting pot with some of the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels, fantastic shopping, even better food and some of the wonders of nature in an hour’s drive away, this vibrant city has a lot to give to any tourist. Kuala Lumpur is at the confluence of Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang, and probably, that’s how it got its name, which literally means “muddy confluence” in Malay language.

Chelsea, says: 2020
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