ⴰⵣⵓⵍ ⴼⵍⴰⵡⵏ! Hello!
This discussion is just to see how many people would be interested in learning Tamazight. Tamazight is, from what I gather, a family of Berber languages, but also the name used by speakers of Central Atlas Tamazight in Morocco. Other variants include Kabyle (Algeria), Shilha (Morocco), Riffian (Algeria and Morocco), Shawiya (Algeria), and Tuareg (Mali, Niger, Libya, and Algeria).
I'm not sure which one would be best to teach, if there are any speakers of Tamazight, I would be interested to know which would be best. Kabyle or Central Atlas Tamazight seem to be the ones I would go for.
Central Atlas Tamazight is, as far as I know, the only variant which is still written using Tifinagh (ⵜⵉⴼⵉⵏⴰⵖ), the Berber writing system which is one of my favourite writing systems in the world. The others write using a modified version of the Latin script. For example, “Tamazight” would be written in Tifinagh as “ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⵜ” and in the Latin script as “Tamaziɣt”. Another example is the word “Cat”, which would be written in Tifinagh as “ⴰⵎⵛⵉⵛ” and in the Latin script as “Amcic”.
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I would love to learn this language! This language was lost in the Canary Islands. It would be great to promote it in the schools of this Spanish region.
Absolutely! I am Tuareg but do not speak Tamazight and I have been trying to learn it for so long. It is a difficult language and having a duolingo for it would be so helpful. Central Atlas Tamazight, I feel, is the best to teach since most other dialects can understand it. It would be amazing if it could be taught with the Tifinagh script as well! I love this great initiative you have taken, thank you.
I think that it would be wonderful to learn this language and maybe teach standard Arabic? I really like to learn different languages. Especially languages as exotic as these.
I so want to learn Tamazight and the Tifinagh writing. I'm half Berber but have no contact with my Berber family, and I don't know any Berbers here in little Denmark.
Yes, I would love to learn. I fell in love with the recently popularised music of the Sahara and have now begun research on Malian politics, culture and history. If anyone is proficient in Tamishek or related Berber languages please get in touch!!
I would definitely take a Duo course in Tamazight using Tifinah alphabet. I have many Imazighen friends in Morocco and I'm sure many of them would also want to learn. Most of them were in school during the time when it was forbidden to teach Tamazight when the strong Arabization process was in effect, which sadly worked, and so many of the young adults only speak Arabic or Dialect (a combination of Tamazight, French and Arabic), which has become the spoken language of most adult Imazighen in Morocco. I've been learning Esperanto for over 1½ years with Duolingo and I love the system. I would definitely study Tamazight here and recommend the course to my many friends there. I run a fb page for Imazighen and a funding site for a village in the Atlas.
Tamazight is a very interesting language/family of languages. It's sad that it has declined, but it's great to see a Berber renaissance in Morocco and Algeria. I'm sure a course for Arabic speakers could attract some users.
I realy want to learn how to wright in tifinagh. I already speak tamazight (rif) but its not perfect, we use too many foreign words. I want to speak fluent tamazight. Instead of choosing an amazigh dialect it think ist better to unite this north african language. Just use the words that are used most among the dialects. Like if most dialects call an object X then go with X... The dialects are a lot more similar than you think.
Hi, I am from Marrakech, Morocco, I published an app to the App Store that teaches basic Tamazight words and the Tifinagh alphabet, not sure if I it's ok to share the name of the app here though, or is it? The app is aimed at children 5< but can be used by grown ups as well
Azul imddukal. Nkki u Tigzirin n Tikanariyin. Nkki gigh anlmad n tamazight.
Hi! I am from Canary Islands. I would like to learn tamazight because is the language of our anciente. I am studiying step by step with my morrocan friends and my teacher, but if Duolingo could do the aplication It woul be great.
Thanks. Tanmmirt imddukal.
I would like to learn Central Atlas Tamazight, because it's my ancestral language. Now unfortunately, most of my family think we are Arabs due to decades of media brainwashing, but I learned the truth through DNA testing and by reading the history of my country.
ⴰⵢⵓⵣ(ayuz) too bad about your family, but its good that you were able to see the truth. Lots of support from a tamazight sister !
Many Imazighen have been lost due to arabization efforts on the part of the Arab Muslim leadership throughout North Africa
I run an Amazigh page in Facebook called "Support the Amazigh Peoples", you are welcome to enjoy the postings with information, culture and music and photos. It's a fun page in English, sometimes I'll find a good Arabic article as we have many Arabic speakers, naturally. But we have people from everywhere.
For the last about 50 years until 5 years ago, Tamazight was forbidden to teach in the schools in Morocco, and this is the sad reason why so many Imazighen from about 23 years old and up do not know their own language and I think there would be a large market of those people who want to learn their own language. Many speak English but almost all speak Arabic. Many would want to learn it in English and thereby improve their English at the same time.
I am half Moroccan and have Berber roots, so I am really interested in learning more about it. While I am waiting for the Arabic course, I would appreciate if Duolingo would let us learn this, as Morocco accepts it as their official language after Arabic and French.
There is Emiraties personalities controlling this company. That is why is not going forward!!!!!!!
probably , they allowed a fictional language such as Klingon language which is a silly language from the Star Trek movie, and i have contacted Duolingo since 2015 about adding Tamazight to their platform , plus many threads on this forum are asking for it and nobody cares , this is not good, Amazighs are oppressed everywhere they go by filthy Arabs
I would love to see this. I can't find a reliable source online for Berber. Hope this works out!
Hopefully they could do something like they already have in the Greek, Russian, and Ukrainian courses where you can alternate between scripts. Perhaps you could alternate between Tifinagh, Latin and Arabic.
The problem is that the Tifinagh alphabet is not very known, when people, write in Tamzight they use the latin form, because is easy and everybody understand it.
thats true but tifinagh is easy to learn and understand. You just have to give it some time. Besides each language pronounces the alfabet difrently so even if you use latin peaple will have to learn how to pronounce each letter. Tamazigh has more pronounciations thas the alfabet has letter wich makes it harder. (btw #freedomzafzafi <3
Every time I re-learn the alphabet I just forget again, because I don't find people who would understand it anyways. and Freedom to Zefzafi.
I'd love to learn to speak Kabyle. There doesn't seem to be too many resources for me as an english speaker....
I would love it! I would prefer a Kabyle dialect from the Bejaia area - this is where my husband is from. :)
I'd be very interested. I'd prefer the modified Latin and Tifinagh scripts to Arabic. Has there been any developments since the original post a year ago?
Tamazight is a language I would love to learn wit beautiful culture & art & the language is cool
Must be written, doesn't matter what letters you use. We will convert that to Chinese symbols if needed to make trillions to learn it.
I want to learn it :) But I agree that it's probably especially interesting for native Arabic speakers.
I'm native to the Chaoui variant but unfortunately, I don't master it however the good news is that there is a standard Tmazight in Algeria which is taught in colleges across the Algerian territory.
Im using it right now and i love it ! U can learn tifinagh and pronounciating ❤️
Thank you so much for your feedback, really glad you like it! Can you please also review it on the App Store? This will help the community discover it. Thank you!