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Learn about my country - Learn about Tunisia

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Hello people, I had the idea that maybe we can all do a little post about the country we live or we are from. We could talk about the languages we speak, what languages are the most popular in your country and also what languages we used to speak. I am starting this movement with my beautiful, historical country ; Tunisia.

What language(s) do we speak ?

The main two languages are French and Tunisian. Why I am calling it Tunisian and not Arabic ? Because I do make the difference between the two. No it is not like Mexican Spanish and Castillan Spanish or American English and British English. There is a huge difference between Tunisian and Arabic. The (dialect) evolved from Arabic and languages such as Spanish, Turkish, French, Phoenician and Italian influenced the dialect. We have other words for the same thing. We have a different pronunciation, we speak faster, we use borrowed words from French. Also why do we speak French in Tunisia ? This is due to colonization. Tunisia enhanced French culture and its language, as soon as it became a colony or a protectorat of France. All Tunisians speak French or know some French (in the south of the country the language is not that popular).

What languages do we learn?

Well we all learn Arabic and English at school. Then we can choose an other language. At first, Italian was a popular choice in the previous generation. For example, my mother and aunts preferred to learn Italian at school like most of the population. However, German became one of the most popular language here. This is because we have a fascination of Germany and we absolutely love them when they come to our country frequently. It is also because Germany is one of the country to help us with political or financial issues and invest heavily in business here. So a Tunisian being able to speak German is very requested.

What languages we used to speak?

Berber was the first language spoken in modern day Tunisia. Then the Phoenician came and founded Carthage and it became the language to speak. Then the Romans and the Spanish but people didn't speak those languages as much as the previous one. The Ottomans came and Turkish became a popular language in administration (My grandparents speak Turkish for example) and finally the French. We can say that Tunisia was a hub center for languages and still is.

I am really excited to hear about your country. Also, if you have any question about Tunisia, feel free to ask =) !

2 years ago

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/khaledmeba

the difference here in algeria is we still speak Tamazight language ( berber ) like me :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sbelhh
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Many in Morocco also still speaks it. Depends on their culture and location

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
CosmoKaiza
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I think some people in Tunisia still speak this language. I am not sure where and how many

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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From Wikipedia:

"Berber languages (called "chelha") are spoken by less than 1% of the population, mainly in the semi-Berber villages of the south, including Chenini, Douiret, Matmata and Tamezrett. They are also spoken in some villages on the island of Djerba, mainly Guellala, Iquallalen, Ajim, Sedouikech, Azdyuch and Ouirsighen."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sbelhh
sbelhh
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In Tunisia?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
fr224
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Yes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sbelhh
sbelhh
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1 % is not many compared to Morocco. We are very multicultural here. I don't know about Algeria.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sbelhh
sbelhh
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Interesting. Very different story in your second neighbour country Morocco :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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Will we ever have courses on DL for the national dialects of Arabic, like Moroccan Arabic, Tunisian Arabic, etc.? I really hope that they will not get sidelined after the Modern Standard Arabic course comes out.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
CosmoKaiza
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Especially that if you don't speak a dialect, it is going to be hard for you to communicate with arabic speakers. I think that the Egyptian or Levantin dialect are the best choices

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

What are some of the customs in your country that others don't have?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
CosmoKaiza
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We do like public baths like Japan, a son cannot smoke in front of his father to show respect. We have specific time to drink tea (Like Italians with their cappuccino). We have a lot of other customs but I don't know if it is specific to our country

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

I love it!

2 years ago