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 Sinhalese might seem like a overwhelming thing to do. FSI has concluded that it takes 1100 hours or 44 weeks in a class to learn the language. The difficulty point is 2.
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 Sinhalese are mostly from Sri Lanka and are about 16,000,000 people.
Sinhalese are spoken fluently by 20,000,000 people.
The language is spoken in Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia.
Malay came from Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.
Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family is the origin of Sinhalese Language