A useful primer for learning Tunisian Arabic.
Enjoyable, easy to read and practical handbook to learn Tunisian Arabic, the spoken language of Tunisia. Tunisian Arabic, like Egyptian, Moroccan and Syrian, for instance, is a colloquial spoken form of Modern Standard Arabic. However, unlike MSA, it is a real and natural language that is spoken in real life, by real people in real life situations. Standard Arabic is not in reality a spoken language: it is not spoken naturally by native speakers of Arabic anywhere in the world. It is mainly rather a formal written form used to read the news, in formal seminaries, or read in books and newspapers. Hence, you will never find an Arabic speaker say to a friend: 'kaifa Haaluka?" (MSA: how are you?), but rather: "shnuwa aHwaalik?" in Tunisia, "kiif Haalak?" in gulf countries, "izzayak?" in Egypt, etc... This book is intended to help visitors to Tunisia explore and enjoy Tunisian culture in an authentic way, by familiarizing with one facet of its identity:
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