Djibouti Languages

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Djibouti is a multilingual country. The majority of the population speaks Somali or Afar as a first language. There are two official languages in Djibouti: Arabic and French. Arabic is of religious importance. In a formal setting, it consists of Modern Standard Arabic. Colloquially, about 59,000 local residents speak the Ta'izzi-Adeni Arabic dialect, also known as Djibouti Arabic. French was inherited from the colonial period and is the primary language of instruction. About 17,000 Djiboutians speak it as a first language. Immigrant languages include Omani Arabic (38,900 speakers), Amharic (1,400 speakers), Greek (1,000 speakers) and Hindi (600 speakers). [1]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Modern Standard Arabic

French

Somali

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Modern Standard Arabic

French

Somali

Afar

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Modern Standard Arabic

French

Somali

Afar

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Languages of Djibouti," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Djibouti, accessed 8 April 2021.