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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Italian Influence On Tunisian Dialect

I came across this neat post over A Tunisian In Uk. He mentions some of the words found in Tunisian dialect and which he traces back to their origin in similar italian words. I found this really interesting knowing that Tunisia was and still at the criss-cross of various civilizations and cultures. I could mention as well the spanish influence on Tunisian dialect and here just two examples:
-Sinneria (Tun)( sfinneria in other regions in Tunisia)- zanahorias (Sp)- carrots (Eng)-جزر (Arabic).
-Bano (Tun)-Baño (Sp)- bathroom (Eng)-بيت الحمّام (Arabic).


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