Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (Kaldāyâ / ܟܠܕܝܐ / Sōreth / ܣܘܼܪܲܝܬ)

Chaldean Neo-Aramaic is a Neo-Aramaic dialect spoken by some 220,000 people. It is a member of the Aramaic branch of the Semitic language family and is spoken mainly on the plain of Mosul and Iraqi Kurdistan in the north of Iraq, and by Chaldean communities in many other countries.

Each village where the language is spoken has its own dialect. The names of the dialect correspond to the names of the villages: Ankawa, Alqosh, Aqrah, Mangesh, Tel Keipeh, Baghdeda, Tel Skuf, Baqofah, Batnaya, Bartella, Sirnak-Cizre (Bohtan), Araden and Dahuk.

Chaldean Neo-Aramaic is usually written in the madnhāyā version of the Syriac alphabet.

Eastern Syriac script for Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (Ālafbēṯ Maḏĕnḥāyā / ܡܲܕ݂ܢܚܵܝܵܐ ܐܵܠܲܦܒܹܝܬ݂)

This chart shows the main letters used to write Chaldean Neo-Aramaic with their names and pronunciation in the IPA, and their Latin transliteration.

Eastern Syriac script for Chaldean Neo-Aramaic

Download Chaldean Neo-Aramaic charts provided by Wolfram Siegel (Word doc, in German)

Sample videos in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic


Information about Chaldean Neo-Aramaic

Languages written with the Syriac script

Aramaic, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Mandaic, Suriyani Malayalam, Turoyo, Western Neo-Aramaic

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet

Semitic languages

Akkadian, Amharic, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), 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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