Algerian Arabic (Dziria / دزيرية)

Algerian Arabic is a variety of Maghrebi Arabic spoken mainly in Algeria, Egypt, France, Tunisia and a number of other countries. In 2020 there were about 31 million speakers of Algerian Arabic in Algeria, 27 million of whom speak it as a first language.

There are also about 1.8 speakers of Algerian Arabic in Egypt, 1.3 million in France, 268,000 in Tunisia, and smaller numbers in other countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Sudan, Belgium and Germany.

Algerian Arabic is mainly used as a spoken language in homes and between friends, and is also used in songs. It is rarely written. Modern Standard Arabic is used in literature, education and official contexts. Algerian Arabic contains words borrowed from Berber, Latin, French, Andalusian Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Spanish. It is partially mutually intelligible with Tunisian and Moroccan Arabic.

Algerian Arabic pronunciation

Algerian Arabic consonants

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In some dialects, ث is pronounced [t], ذ is pronounced [d] and ظ is pronounced [zˤ/dˤ]

Information about Algerian Arabic pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel and Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

الناس الكل يتولدوا أحرار و متساويين في الكرامة و الحقوق. توهبوا بعقل و ضمير و لازم يعاملوا بعضاهم بروح الأخوة.


E-nnas el-kull yetweldu ħrār w metsewyīn fi'el-karama w'el-ħuqūq. Twahbu b'ʕqal w damīr w lāzem yʕāmlu baʕdāhum b'rūh el-uχuwa.

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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)

Videos in Algerian Arabic

Information about Algerian Arabic | Numbers | Algerian Arabic courses on: and [affilate links]


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Algerian Arabic phrases

- Start speaking Algerian Arabic today
- Algerian Arabic courses and other resources available on Amazon

Varieties of Arabic

Algerian, Bedawi, Chadian, Cypriot, Egyptian, Gulf, Hassaniya, Hejazi, Lebanese, Libyan, Modern Standard, Moroccan, Najdi, Syrian, Tunisian

Semitic languages

Akkadian, Amharic, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Bedawi), Arabic (Chadian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Gulf), Arabic (Hassaniya), Arabic (Hejazi), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Najdi), Arabic (Syrian), Aramaic, Argobba, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Canaanite, Chaha, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Ge'ez, Hadhramautic, Harari, Hebrew, Himyaritic, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Maltese, Mandaic, Nabataean, Neo-Mandaic, Phoenician, Punic, Qatabanic, Sabaean, Sabaic, Silt'e, Syriac, Tigre, Tigrinya, Turoyo, Ugaritic, Western Neo-Aramaic

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