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Interesting work experience

So I work with a lot of people from Somalia, Egypt, Morocco and Northern Africa. They all speak different languages. I never paid it much attention because I figured they could all understand each other. However the other day I was talking to my boss and I said "Whos that new woman" my boss replied "Ahh Aisha I think, shes Moroccan, so I don't speak to her" "What do you mean " I said "Well she speaks a Moroccan" "Oh, I thought you all spoke Arabic" "We do" she replied "But we cannot understand each other, I speak Egyptian, and but Walid speaks Moroccan. I cannot understand him, and I cannot understand Aisha, you see the accent is so different, they have different words with different meanings " "Oh thats interesting I said" "Yes! See every country has its own Arabic, and we can't understand each other even though its technically all 'arabic'."

I thought I'd share this because its interesting to me that there are so many dialects that the people who speak them have ceased to think of them as one language, but as many. "Egyptian" "Moroccan" ect. Just an interesting story.

February 11, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ahmad4MayLod

I'm from Libya and I can understand most of the Arabic dialects, whether Egyptian, Jordanian, Moroccan, etc.

If you want to speak Arabic, you should learn Standard Arabic.

The Arabic language is all the same .. the difference is some local words.


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

thank you for sharing this interesting thought! have a nice day! LG


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

True, I’m Algerian and cannot understand other tv series from Syria or Egypt.... I can get the general idea if they use msa Arabic. :) but understand Tunis and Moroccan without problem


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jawad-Dawdi

Arabic Dialects are not so different from each other that people cannot understand each other - but there are lazy people who don't do any effort to learn these differences - there are even idiots who can understand nothing except their own dialect - the majority of the words in Dialects are Arabic - they are only pronounced differently - examples :

ENGLISH MSA EGYPTIAN MOROCCAN
man rajol raagil raajel
woman imra2ah sitt mra
boy walad walad weld
girl bint bint bent
city madiinah madiina mdiina
hour sa3ah saa3a saa3a
face wajh wishsh wjeh
I ana ana ana
you 2anta 2inta nta
he howa howa howa
she hiya hiya hiya
we na7no 2i7na 7na
you 2antom 2intoo ntooma
they hom homma hooma
road Tarii9 Tarii2 Trii9
sky samaa2 sama sma
night layl liil liil
day nahaar nhaar nhaar
olive zaytoon zatoon zitoon
oil zayt ziit ziit
water maa2 mayya ma
sun shams shams shems
moon 9amar 2amar 9amaar
flowers ward ward ward
bull thawr toor tawr
eggs bayD biiD bayD
hand yad 2iid yedd
leg rijl rigl rjel
sahara Sa7raa2 Sa7ara Se7ra
money foloos filoos floos
on faw9a foo2 foo9
under ta7ta ta7t te7t
bread khobz khobz khobz

and there are hundreds of words like these

People - especially in Egypt - DON'T want to understand any other Arabic Dialects - especially North African dialects - they think that their dialect is the best - and this is not true!


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

Good grief! You just called most of the people at my work idiots!


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

Duh, for me Morrocon is very hard to understand

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