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Kayan (Malay: Bahasa Kayan, Kayan: Dahun Kayan) is the language spoken in Ulu Baram area in Marudi district, which is a part of the Miri division of Sarawak, Malaysia and Kalimantan, Indonesia. Kayan is one of the languages that belong to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family group. It is one of the minority languages in Malaysia and Indonesia. Kayan is spoken by the Kayan tribe and it is partially intelligable with Kenyah language.There are two distinct dialects of Kayan,which is Kayan Baram and Kayan Rejang. Together with the tribes of Kenyah, Kelabit, Sa'ban, Lun Bawang and Penan, they were grouped together as Orang Ulu tribe. Some non-Kayan people may understand the Kayan language as well. Kayan is spoken by about 30,000 speakers, both in Sarawak, Malaysia and the Kalimantan region of Indonesia.
Kayan is an easy language to learn.Kayan language contains a lot of loanword from Malay,English,Chinese,Iban and many other local languages.There's no tones and gender to be observed in daily conversation with the Kayans.Note that in Malaysia,the Kayan Baram and Kayan Rejang dialect is nearly unintelligable with each other.Generally,Kayan would be referred to as Kayan Baram.This phrasebook is dedicated solely to Kayan Baram dialect.
Writing time and date
First one should write the day, after that the month and then the year,as in Malay
Kayan have limited names for color.For example the word "Nyemit" can mean either blue,yellow or green.
Bus and train