A young nation whose independence was forged in the tumult of conflict, Timor-Leste has slowly reconstructed itself; expect a diverse and rich cultural heritage spanning tens of millennia.

Language Primer: Javanese

Our correspondent, upon learning a little about how to communicate in Central and East Java, shares a related linguistic guide.

Language Primer: Sinhala

Our correspondent in Sri Lanka presents the most basic of basic guides about the island nation’s principal dialect that isn’t Tamil.

Language Primer: Malay

Our correspondent offers a rundown of Malaysia’s principal language; a vernacular, the eagle-eyed will no doubt attest, that offers striking similarities with Bahasa Indonesia.