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 Catalan 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 Catalan are mostly from Spain and are about 6,900,000 people.
Catalan are spoken fluently by 7,200,000 people.
The language is spoken in Spain, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Malay came from Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.
Romance branch of the Indo-European language family is the origin of Catalan language.