Tag: arabic

The Swahili Passepartout

The Swahili Passepartout

For sure, Swahili is so popular a language among African ones spoken outside the Continent that a certain abuse of it is even made by Hollywood films. Swahili is the most nearly studied among African Diaspora languages to the extent that some of its terms have become quite common in Western Countries: I can’t believe […]

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A Glimpse into the Persian Language

A Glimpse into the Persian Language

Persian is an Iranian language categorized on the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family of languages. There are an estimated 56 million Persian speakers in the world today. It is widely spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzebekistan and, to some extent, in Armenia, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Oman and Bahrain and throughout the Iranian diasporas […]

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Moroccan Arabic (Darija)

Moroccan Arabic (Darija)

May 1, 2011 |

“Darija” is the blanket term for Arabic dialects spoken in the Maghreb region of North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya). Darija is strictly used for oral colloquial communication, while Modern Standard Arabic is employed for written communication, official/government correspondence and news broadcasting. Modern Standard Arabic is characterized by its complex grammatical rules and abundant […]

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A Look At Language Families

A Look At Language Families

March 23, 2011 |

There are approximately 6,912 living languages in the world today. Most languages belong to larger language groups or families, which is a group of similar or related languages that developed from a common ancestor, referred to as protolanguage (“proto” means “early” in Greek). Let’s take a look at a few major language groups, including an […]

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