Well, I can't say I ever saw myself posting in this forum when I first joined Unilang!
In addition to Thai, I also want to start learning Malay, but specifically the dialect(s) of Malay spoken in South Thailand (Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala).
Now, I understand that there is generally quite a big divide between the written Indonesian/Malaysian language and the spoken forms pretty much everywhere, but that this is more pronounced in South Thailand.
What I'm interested in knowing is whether or not the Malays in S. Thailand would understand "standard" (Kuala Lumpur?) Malay, whether they use it as a written language (like Swiss Germans with German), and how exactly one should go about learning Malay as spoken in S. Thailand.
Also, it seems like there are a lot more "Indonesian" books on the market than there are "Malaysian" books. Would it make a difference (considering my eventual goal of speaking S. Thailand Malaysian) if I started learning using "Indonesian" books?
Any advice is most welcome!