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Tamaziɣt is becoming an official language in Algeria :)

Tamazight (berber language) is family of similar and closely related languages spoken in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya ...)

The Tifinagh alphabet : Tifinagh

Tamazight in Tamazight :)

Tamazight

Tamazight in North Africa : North Africa

Berbers or Imazighen are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa.

January 6, 2016

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HatchedSylveon

Wow, that's a really cool alphabet!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med-ben

It can also be written in Latin Alphabet


[deactivated user]

    It should always be like that, strange they haven't done that yet... But I think that they've just done that in Morocco some time ago too - it is available lately in schools and tv


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med-ben

    Yes agree, but better late than never


    [deactivated user]

      Exactly, even though I don't speak it, I still think it is strange it took so long


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CosmoKaiza

      I would like it if they do the same in Tunisia. But the Berber community in Algeria is more important than the one in Tunisia (in term of size)


      [deactivated user]

        Are there more Tunisians who are italian/french etc. than berber? I've heard that they aren't so many arabs there


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CosmoKaiza

        Yeah. My family is from Turkish and Italian descent. Some of my tunisians friends are from French descent. Even if we identify as arabs, I disagree. There is a lot of diversity in the country. I prefer when people tell me I am Tunisian rather arab. I hate it when people call us arabs before calling us Tunisian.

        I guess that you are from Morocco ? How do you feel about that ?


        [deactivated user]

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucBE
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          I'd love to learn Tamazight. There are quite some speakers in my country.

          (I know someone whose last name is Znati. Might that be related to the name of the language Tamazight-Zenati, northern Morocco?)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taloua

          Yes, it becomes more important in Morocco as well that I cannot watch Tv because Amazigh programs prevail lately !


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med-ben

          Yeah in Morocco there are more Amazigh people (60%)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taloua

          Most of my colleagues are Amazigh. They always speak it, I just keep looking at them without catching one single word ! :(


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med-ben

          Just learn some [ Azul = Hello ] :)


          [deactivated user]

            Most of us are from different backgrounds, also berbers don't all look the same here....


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med-ben

            Yes you're right ;) (diversity is wealth) :D


            [deactivated user]

              and health! It should be really healthy to be very "mixed"


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davidvdb

              Nah, my dad is Belgian and my mom is half Egyptian and half Japanese. I don't feel more healthy than others. :p


              [deactivated user]

                hahahahaahaha :p tooo bad :p


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taloua

                Hahaa, Yes! xD


                [deactivated user]

                  Huzzah for Berber languages! I have always wanted to learn one.


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doktorkampi

                  So goo to hear that!!! Where is official right now? What kind of status has in other regions or countries? Is it taught as the only or the most used language in schools?


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med-ben

                  Official in Morocco & Algeria, and taught as optional second language i think (in Algeria) hope that will change


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/doktorkampi

                  I hope so. It is hard to do this when the powers of a state do not share this love for languages and culture diversity.


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/linguafiqari

                  Tamazight is a language I would be very interested in learning!


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

                  I assume by Tamazight, they mean Kabyle specifically?


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med-ben

                  Not specifically Kabyle, Tamazight is like an academic version, and Kabyle, Chaoui ... are spoken versions of everyday life


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/med-ben

                  Note also that the spoken Algerian Arabic is also very different from the Modern Standard Arabic taught in school


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArdeJohnson

                  I really, really want to learn Tamaziɣt as soon as I'm at a good level with French. Tarifiyt Riffian to be exact. It's been impossible to find any learning material.

                  Do you know of any?

                  Otherwise I'll have to settle for MSA and Moroccan Arabic. :(


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Q_Q

                  Are you using the Arabic alphabet as well?

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