Algeria’s Culture

Algeria’s Culture

This is the third posting by us about cultures of Algeria. The location of this country is at Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia.

According to the census of 1966, Arabic is the language of 81% of Algeria’s population; in addition to this, non-native speakers learn Arabic at school. In Algeria, as elsewhere, spoken Arabic differs very substantially from written Arabic; Algerian Arabic has a much-simplified vowel system, a substantially changed vocabulary with many new words and many words from Berber, Turkish, and French, and, like all Arabic dialects, has dropped the case endings of the written language. Within Algerian Arabic itself, there are significant local variations; Jijel Arabic, in particular, is noteworthy for its pronunciation of qaf as kaf and its profusion of Berber loanwords, and certain ports’ dialects show influence from Andalusi Arabic brought by refugees from al-Andalus. Algerian Arabic is part of the Maghreb Arabic dialect continuum, and fades into Moroccan Arabic and Tunisian Arabic along the respective borders. Read more at http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/algeria.html

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