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Kabyle (Taqbaylit / ثاقبايليث)

Kabyle is a Berber language with about 7-8 million speakers, most of whom live in Algeria, mainly in Kabylie in the north of the country. There are also some Kabyle speakers in French, Belgium, the USA and a number of other countries.

During the 20th century, the Latin and Tifinagh alphabets were adapted to write Kabyle. There seems to be quite a bit of variation in the various Kabyle spelling systems. The Tifinagh alphabet for Kabyle was developed by the Agraw Amazigh (Académie Berbère) from the Tifinagh script for Tuareg, and is used in a number of periodicals and on political posters.

Kabyle has no official status in Algeria, but there some radio and TV programmes in the language, and it is taught in schools in Kabyle speaking areas.

Kabyle alphabets and pronunciation

Arabic (اڨَمّاي ثاقبايليث)

Arabic alphabet for Kabyle

Latin (Agemmay Taqbaylit)

Latin alphabet for Kabyle

Tifinagh (ⵜⵉⴼⵉⵏⴰⵖ)

Tifinagh alphabet for Kabyle

Sample text in Kabyle

ⵉⵎⴷⴰⵏⴻⵏ, ⴰⴽⴽⴻⵏ ⵎⴰ ⵍⵍⴰⵏ ⵜⵜⵍⴰⵍⴻⵏ ⴷ ⵉⵍⴻⵍⵍⵉⵢⴻⵏ ⵎⵙⴰⵡⴰⵏ ⴷⵉ ⵍhⵡⴻⵔⵎⴰ ⴷ ⵢⵉzⴻⵔⴼⴰⵏ- ⵖⵓⵔ ⵙⴻⵏ ⵜⴰⵎⵙⴰⴽⵡⵉⵜ ⴷ ⵍⵄⵇⵓⴻⵍ ⵓ ⵢⴻⵙⵙⴻⴼⴽ ⴰⴷ-ⵜⵉⵍⵉ ⵜⴻⴳⵎⴰⵜⵜ ⴳⴰⵔ ⴰⵙⴻⵏ.

Imdanen, akken ma llan ttlalen d ilelliyen msawan di lhwerma d yizerfan- ghur sen tamsakwit d lâquel u yessefk ad-tili tegmatt gar asen.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Information about the Kabyle language

Berber languages

Ancient Berber, Guanche, Kabyle, Tamazight, Tuareg

Other languages written with the Arabic or Latin alphabets

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