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  1. P

    PUREST SOMALI DIALECT

    I wonder what is the purest somali dialect, meaning the least loan words. I would guess the purest would be the reer mudug dialect
  2. Guts

    Let's invent somali words for foreign loan words.

    Post every loan word we use in somali so we can invent a new somali word for it. Inshallah we shall make our tongue 100% somali once again.
  3. Farahslayer

    Can someone translate these Somali phrases to me in English

    Being as I’m new to Sspot I don’t know all the lingo but I thought I understood most Somali. Some of the phrases written on this board baffled me. Mhmm waaxaad dilmu alahu tag daya oo bola muu muu fela Jira haassa mane galburo iyo halmac diftura wandan Aniga kataladu borre yahay This isn’t...
  4. Medulla

    Language Census 2020

    What languages can you guys speak at a native or fluent level! Write the language down and the level you are on. Keen to see how many languages we have on this forum
  5. Invader

    What Dialect Do You Speak In?

    Sorry guys but I think that there is a sub-group in the Northen Somali Dialect which is the Djiboutian Dialect which has been influenced by Yemenis,Afars and the French. Vote on your Dialect I wanna see which one is the most used in Somali Spot Western Diaspora Somali is basically a Somali...
  6. Prince Abubu

    Orang Asli

    There are a few indigenous groups in Malaysia and Indonesia. Orang Asli The most interesting group are the Negritos. They speak a Mon-Khmer language related to Cambodian and Vietnamese, yet they look like a mix of Africans and Papuans. Strange.
  7. Ramen

    Did you try to learn a new language when you were younger?

    I tried learning japanese when i was about 12 years old. I learned the alphabet in like 40 minutes (katakana iyo hiragana) (it reminded me of arabic because of the small dots on the hiragana characters). I wanted to become an exchange student in Japan and decided to learn the language at a young...
  8. Ramen

    Why wont somalis learn the language?

    Where i live (Sweden) is filled with Somalis who have been living in the country for 20+ years but still can't speak a sentence in Swedish. Why is that so? when they first came to the country they went to a school called SFi (swedish for immigrants) and studied the language but noooooo. I also...
  9. Prince Abubu

    Should Afro-Asiatic be disbanded?

    I find the languages so disparate that they no longer bear any relationship with one another. Compare Somali and Hebrew, for instance. They share no grammatical or etymological link whatsoever. Indonesian and Tagalog or Spanish and Hindi have more connection. Even if AA is a legitimate grouping...
  10. Prince Abubu

    Cushitic name change

    The name Cushitic is offensive as it is a racial slur in af-yahuudi. I propose the language group changes it's name to Erythrean or Puntic.
  11. Prince Abubu

    Really Interesting Paper On Afro-Asiatic Language Grouping

    On the subgrouping of Afroasiatic - Carsten Peust 2012
  12. Silky

    No such thing as Somalilander

    "Somalilanders" should change their current demonym cos that is clunky, inelegant and difficult to say. It should be somali because that is what the people are and is what they speak. Somalis of Somalia don't own the name just as they dont own the language or ethinicity It's like ROK and DPRK...
  13. darklight

    do you speak somali with your siblings?

    I don't. my friends don't either. if you do, is it because of your parents enforcing the "somali at home english at school" rule?
  14. Ubax45_

    Somali Speaking Somali

    If he puts in effort and/ visits another time for a bit longer he will probably be perfect but seems like he may have been impacted by negative comments from Somali people. Good comment:
  15. Huur

    Are Somalis Color Blind?

    Is it possible for the Nation of Poets to be Color blind? Is there a Somali word for blue? In Arabic the color blue is أزرق ( 'azraq ) In Amharic the color blue is ሰማያዊ (semayawī) But Af-Soomaali doesn't appear to have a word for the color blue, one of the most basic colors. Not only the...
  16. Merchant of Mogadishu

    What languages can you speak and what languages are you currently learning.

    Languages I know: Somali and English Languages that I'm currently learning: European Portuguese
  17. Prince Abubu

    Cushitic Etymology

    These are a few words from the High East Cushitic languages, like Sidaamo The only ones I recognise are: Sidaamo - Somali Daadd "flow" - Daad "flood" Hadiyya - Somali Dagieera "monkey" - Daayeer "monkey" Burji - Somali Dax-aa/dagh "stone" - Somali "dhagax" Kambaata - Somali Far "finger" -...
  18. Prince Abubu

    I don't understand...

    ...why Somalia is in the Arab League? I met an Eritrean family the other day and they started speaking to me in Arabic. I didn't know they were xabashi, I assumed they were Sudani. It got me thinking, why is Somalia considered an Arab country when we have our own language and customs and the...
  19. SultanuuFicaan

    Af Maay has a unique alphabet compared to Maxaa Tiri, written in Roman alphabet

    https://waajid.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/maay-alphabet-english-version/ " The most recent attempt to transcribe Maay was carried out by the late Mustapha Sheikh who used the first Latin-based transcription. However, the first organized and systematic attempt to institutionalize the Alif-Maay...
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