Mastering Malay will take from you 36 hours or 900 weeks in a class according to FSI. Difficulty category for mastering it is evaluated - point.
Learning Afrikaans might seem like a overwhelming thing to do. FSI has concluded that it takes 575-600 hours or 23-24 weeks in a class to learn the language. The difficulty point is 1.
You will most likely find people, who speaks Malay in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and East Timor, Parts of Thailand.
Number of native speakers is about 77,000,000.
Number of fluent speakers is about 300,000,000. The biggest country in which Malay is used as a native language is Malaysia.
Native speakers of Afrikaans are mostly from South Africa and are about 7,200,000 people.
Afrikaans are spoken fluently by 8,200,000 people.
The language is spoken in South Africa and in parts of Namibia.
Malay came from Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.
Dutch based pidgin is the origin of Afrikaans language.