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What languages, besides Arabic, are spoken in Egypt in Morocoo?
Thread poster: Marion Schimmelpfennig

Marion Schimmelpfennig  Identity Verified
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Jul 28, 2005

Dear all,

I am asked to conduct a naming consultation which includes Egypt and Morocco - can you tell me which languages, besides Arabic (and French in Morocco) are spoken there?

Many thanks for your quick reply!


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craigs
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http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/mo.html Jul 28, 2005

If CIA has any stigma to anyone here, please set it aside for informational purposes. Their website compiles pretty concise and accurate info on pretty much any country. It's a handy reference and decent starting point.

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umsarah
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In Egypt, it's only Arabic Jul 28, 2005

Arabic is the only formal language in Egypt. There are, however, two varieties of Arabic; a high variety (formal or tranditional Arabic), that is used in official documents, political speeches, newspapers and news programs allover the Arab world, and a low variety (colloquial Arabic), that is the everyday language that people normally use.The high variety of Arabic (or traditional Arabic) is the same in all Arab countries, and is understood anywhere in the Arab world. There are more than one dialect, though, as far as the colloquial language is concerened. In Egypt, the official language is Arabic, and the most common foreign languages that people use are English, in the first place, and French.

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tarjama
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Berber/Morocco Jul 28, 2005

Salam (Bonjour)

Well in Morocco there are three kind of berber (tashelhit (south),tarifit (northeast),tamazight (center of Atlas mountains), because you must not forget that original people of Morocco are the Berbers who became muslim after the Arab conquest.In the Moroccan Sahara (desert)there is also another dialect whish called alhassania.In the north of Morocco, like in Tanger, Ceuta, Tetouan (towns)some people speak Spanish.Moreover until today there is some people who speak Berber in The Canaries Islands whish are near Moroccan atlantic sea and whish are colonised by Spain.

In Egypt, besides Arabic there is some berber also in the Siwa Oasis and also coptic.

That's all. Good luck


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Marion Schimmelpfennig  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Jul 28, 2005

Thank you very much indeed for your insight!

Have a great day

Marion


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Sam Berner  Identity Verified
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Formal maybe, but not only Dec 24, 2005

umsarah wrote:

Arabic is the only formal language in Egypt.


The Nubians south of Kumm Umbo speak their own, ancient language, which is not one of the Semitic languages. Nubian itself is made up of a number of different branches - Makas, Kunuz and Dongolawi (I am open to correction by other Nubians, if I am mistaken). For the majority of Nubians, Arabic is a second language with unpronouncable letters and too much gender suffixes

Among the Christian population, Coptic is making a slow, but persistent come-back.

As for the Arabic dialects there are quite a few - Sinai Arabs have one, Siwah speaks a different one. Bahri (Medditerraean) is known to use plural for first singular person. Qibli uses a much heavier, but delightful, Saidi dialect.

There is much more richness to Egypt than many are willing to admit.


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