https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97

Tamazight Language/ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⵜ/Tamaziɣt

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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”.

Here is the Berber flag:

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/med-ben
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Hi, my native language is Kabyle, we tend to write kabyle in the Berber Latin Alphabet (but we sometimes use Tifinagh) if you want to learn some words from the Kabyle language check-out this twitter account ;) => http://bit.ly/2f3stBB Amcic

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roman_Huczok
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I'd love to see it, I'd want the original script though

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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I'd prefer that too.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amrifi
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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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/messa1997

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zengatsu
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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.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mihallna

I would like to learn this language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mat437246

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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HakimHarder

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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amrifi
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The problem is the variety of the Tamazight languages. It depends on the region where your berber family came from. In Denmark there is a radio in Tamazight Tarifit the variety spoken in the Rif, North Morocco. radioamazigh.dk Maybe they can help you.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/The_SuperVixen

I'd love to learn to speak Kabyle. There doesn't seem to be too many resources for me as an english speaker....

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/megan910443

I would love it! I would prefer a Kabyle dialect from the Bejaia area - this is where my husband is from. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mika_mk

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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/messa1997

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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/l3bel

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/l3bel

Tamawalt Inu - Learn Tamazight, free on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tamawalt-inu-learn-tamazight/id1318954911?mt=8

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/messa1997

Thats cool, too bad its only available on IPad. I dont have one.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jusay3
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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.

11 months ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/perrywinkle24

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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ahmed242112

Hello everyone, this a link to e-books on Tamazight. https://www.livelingua.com/courses/Tamazight/

I hope you all benefit and enjoy. If anyone has additional links or information, do share.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/l3bel

Tamawalt Inu - Learn Tamazight is free on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tamawalt-inu-learn-tamazight/id1318954911?mt=8

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/enoughsaid
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I would take this course!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Runaway_Sky

I'd be interested in learning.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dom313481

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!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThickRichard1

That would be really cool!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoraGharye

i'd love to learn it

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sonzaishita

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.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/messa1997

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 !

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Israelguide

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.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/keeperpooh

I’ve always wanted to learn this language!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Israelguide

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.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BAtonal5
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How would we be able to write it in its original alphabet?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PRINCEali3

the alphabet you can find it in windows 8, 8.1 , 10

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeilaYuliy
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I want to learn it :) But I agree that it's probably especially interesting for native Arabic speakers.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mlomanno

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?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kuraikari
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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.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobMfk

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.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maxim_eydis

I would like to learn it

3 months ago

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