Above you see the alphabet: ⵜⴰⵣⵡⵓⵔⵜ ⴷ ⵉⴳⵎⵎⴰⵢⵏ (Tazwurt d igmmayn). Tamazight, also called Taslehit or Schla, ⵜⴰⵛⵍⵃⵉⵜ , is the native language spoken by the indigenous people in North Africa. This language is very old and in areas it can differ.
We know ofcourse you want to speak Tifinagh fast, but in reality, people don’t speak fast but they just connect all the words together and add some new sounds and this is why they sound the way they sound. So in this way you can understand native speakers.
The alphabet consists of 35 letters. 2 are greek. And there is also a silent letter. Words are written and read from left to right and what you say is exactly what you write, because it is a phonetic language. We don’t have any silent letters and don’t have a combination of letters that make a sound.
Today I’m going to teach you some expressions and some vocabulary. This is how to greet people, how to start a conversation and how to say hi and goodbye to someone.
The first time when you meet someone you just say:
Azul, manik antgit? (hi, how are you?) Labass dark? (are you fine?) Bikhir? (good) Kulshi muzien? (Everything is good?) Hamdulilah (Thanks god). Wla ait tgmmi labass darsn? (And also your family, are they fine?)
Usually we ask multiple sentences as a sense of respect.
Azul: Hey - ⴰⵣⵓⵍ
Manik antgit / Amek telliḍ: How are you? - ⴰⵎⴽ ⵜⵍⵍⵉⴹ?
Igerrez, tanemmirt: Fine, thankyou - ⵉⴳⵔⵔⵣ, ⵜⴰⵏⵎⵎⵉⵔⵜ
Lsem-nnek: What is your name? - ⵉⵙⵎ-ⵏⵏⴽ?
Lsem-inu: My name is.. - ⵉⵙⵎ-ⵉⵏⵓ
Tamussni n lxir: Nice to meet you - ⵜⴰⵎⵓⵙⵙⵏⵉ ⵏ ⵍⵅⵉⵔ
Ttxil-k: Please - ⵜⵜⵅⵉⵍⴽ
Tannemirt: Thankyou - ⵜⴰⵏⵎⵎⵉⵔⵜ
Ulac aɣilif: You’re welcome - ⵓⵍⴰⵛ ⴰⵖⵉⵍⵉⴼ
Iyeh: Yes - ⵉⵀ
Oho: No - ⵓⵀⵓ
So, this was the first lesson. I hope you like it. Insha'allah, till next time :)