Peace Corps - Tunisian Arabic Lessons
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This instructional guide for Tunisian Arabic is designed to be used in language training of Peace Corps volunteers in Tunisia. It consists of 15 thematic units focusing on daily living skills and activities. Each contains a brief dialogue in transliterated Arabic, an English translation, lists of vocabulary and expressions, comprehension questions, additional useful vocabulary, grammar notes, vocabulary and grammar exercises, communication activities, and script writing exercises. Unit topics include: greetings; money; giving and getting directions; weather and seasons; drinks; post office; making a presentation; time; making a visit; grocery shopping; vegetables; the bus station; meals and entertaining; and the family.
PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Tunisia: 1962-1996, 2013, Currently Inactive
Tunisia: Education, Environment, Agriculture, Health, Business, Youth & Community Development
Tunisian is a Maghrebi dialect of the Arabic language, spoken by some 11 million people. It is usually known by its own speakers as Derja, which means dialect, to distinguish it from Standard Arabic, or as Tunsi, which means Tunisian. It is spoken all over Tunisia, and merges, as part of a dialect continuum, into similar varieties in eastern Algeria and western Libya. Its morphology, syntax, pronunciation and vocabulary are quite different from Standard or Classical Arabic. Tunisian Arabic, like other Maghrebi dialects, has a vocabulary mostly Arabic, with significant Berber substrates, and many words and loanwords borrowed from Berber, French, Turkish, Italian and Spanish. Derja is mutually spoken and understood in the Maghreb countries, especially Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, but hard to understand for middle eastern Arabic speakers. It continues to evolve by integrating new French or English words, notably in technical fields, or by replacing old French and Spanish ones with Standard Arabic words within some circles. In Eastern Arab countries the similar term is more commonly used for the colloquial varieties of Arabic there. Moreover, Tunisian is also closely related to Maltese, which is not considered to be a dialect of Arabic for sociolinguistic reasons. Almost all literate speakers of Tunisian also understand and can speak some Standard Arabic. Some Tunisians view Tunisian Arabic as a derivative form of Classical Arabic with loanwords from Berber, French, Italian, Turkish and Spanish though awareness of Tunisian as a distinct language is growing, especially among the younger generation.
Arabic (Tunisian) is spoken in: Tunisia
Arabic (Tunisian) is also called: Tunisian Spoken, Tunisian, Tunisian Arabic, Tunisian Darija