Central Atlas Tamazight (Tamaziɣt / ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⵜ)

Central Atlas Tamazight is a Northern Berber language spoken in the Atlas mountains in central Morocco by about 2.5 million people, according to the 2004 census. It is also known as Central Morocco Tamazight, Middle Atlas Tamazight, Tamazight, Central Shilha, Beraber or Braber.

The name Tamazight is also used to refer to the other Berber languages of Morocco: Kabyle, Shilha, Riff, Shawiya and Tuareg. Central Atlas Tamazight is the most widely spoken of these languages.

A version of the Tifinagh alphabet, or Neo-Tifinagh, became the official script for Tamazight in 2003. was introduced into Moroccan schools in September 2003 as a way to write Tamazight. It is also used by the Tuareg, particularly the women, for private notes, love letters and in decoration. Tamazight is also written with the Arabic script, and the Latin alphabet.

Neo-Tifinagh alphabet for Tamazight

Neo-Tifinagh alphabet for Tamazight

Download an alphabet chart for Tamazight (Excel)

Sample text in Tamazight

Neo-Tifinagh alphabet

Sample text in Tamazight in the Neo-Tifinagh alphabet

Latin alphabet

Imdanen, akken ma llan ttlalen d ilelliyen msawan di lḥweṛma 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)

Sample videos in and about Tamazight

Information about Tamazight | Numbers


Information about Tamazight

Online lessons in Berber languages

Kra isallen - Le magazine en ligne de l'association Tamazgha

Berber languages

Ancient Berber, Ghadamès, Ghomara, Guanche, Kabyle, Riffian, Shilha (Tashelhit), Shawiya, Shenwa, Siwi, Tamahaq, Tamasheq, Tamazight, Tawallammat Tamajaq, Tayart Tamajeq, Zenaga, Zuwara Berber

Languages written with the Tifinagh alphabet

Kabyle, Riffian, Shilha (Tashelhit), Siwi, Tamasheq, Tamazight, Tayart Tamajeq

Consonant alphabets (Abjads)

Ancient Berber, Arabic, Aramaic, Chorasmian, Elymaic, Hatran, Hebrew, Manichaean, Nabataean, North Arabian, Pahlavi, Palmyrene, Parthian, Phoenician, Paleo-Hebrew, Proto-Sinaitic / Proto-Canaanite, Psalter, Punic, Sabaean, Samaritan, Sogdian, South Arabian, Syriac, Tifinagh, Ugaritic

Other writing systems

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