Peace Corps - Spoken Tunisian Arabic

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A set of instructional materials for introductory Tunisian Arabic is designed for a 12-week Peace Corps volunteer language course. It provides instructional notes for the teacher and a series of lessons on aspects of grammar, phonology, and morphology. Much of the text is descriptive. Lessons include grammar and phonology notes, exercises, and vocabulary. The materials are organized for two phases of language learning: a pro-speech or comprehension phase occupying one-fourth of the total class time, during which the student acquires a passive knowledge of Tunisian Arabic structure and phonology, and an active phase during which the student covers the same material and is drilled in language production. The vocabulary and exercise types differ for the two phases.

PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Tunisia: 1962-1996, 2013, Currently Inactive

PROGRAM SECTORS
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[citation needed]. 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

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