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DOUIRI LANGUAGE

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Douiri language is one of the many closely related varieties the Berber language. Click here to see a Wikipedia article about Berber languages, a branch of the Afro-Asiatic linguistic family. Today's Douiri language is infused with many Arabic words as well as Tunisian dialect with a myriad of foreign terms namely French and Italian. All inhabitants of Douiret, however, do speak Arabic as well.




Below are examples of some common Douiri terms. Notice that:
- Nouns generally begin with one of the three vowels: a (or the softer e), u (or the softer oo), and i.
- Feminine singular nouns start and end with the letters t (t_____t).
- Feminine plural takes the prefix t (t______ ).

In the tables below, letters displayed in Bold are pronounced in a deep strong pitch.

Douiri English
Tammort (timora) Town (towns)
Tiddert (tidderin) House (houses)
Irji (irjewin) Room (rooms)
Tewwoort (tiwoora) Door (doors)
Tiberji Kitchen
Ennes Window
Tnest Key
Essew Bedding
Eylim Leather, skin
Tdoft Wool
Tilelli Thread
Tissinit Needle

Eryez (Iryezin) Man (men)
Tamattoot (timattotin*) Woman (women)
Iwden People
Yedj / yemma Mother / My mom
Dadda or Beba My dad
Yooma My brother
Weltma My sister
Yelli My daughter
Memmi My son
Netta He
Nettet She
Esli Groom
Teslit Bride
Islen Wedding
*commonly substituted by the Arabic term el-khalat

Foos (ifessin) Hand (hands)
Dar (idarrin) Foot (feet)
Tit (tittawin) Eye (eyes)
Oodem (oodmewin) Face (faces)
Amazzoogh (imazzagh) Ear (ears)
Imi (imewin) Mouth (mouths)
Ilsi (ilsewin) Tongue (tongues)
Dad (idoodan) Finger (fingers)
Tafednet (tifednin) Toe (toes)
Ool (oolawin) Heart (hearts)
Ikhf (ikhfewin) Head (heads)
Timmi Forehead
Zaw Hair

Amadshi (imadshan) Fig (figs)
Tamadshit (timadshin) Fig tree (fig trees)
Azogger (izoggaren) Date (dates)
Tezdeyt (tizdeyin) Palm tree (palm trees)
Oodi Oil
Azemmoor Olives
Tezemmoort (tizemmoorin) Olive tree (olive trees)
Izewran Grapes
Tazewrit (tizawrin) Grapevine (Grapevines)
Tafrit (tifray) Leaf (leaves)
Irden Wheat
Timzin Barley
Tinifin Lentils
Aghroom Bread
Eysoom Meat
Tememt Honey

Algham (Ilaghman) Camel (camels)
Talghamt (tilaghmin) She camel (she camels)
Yazid (Iyaziden) Rooster (roosters)
Tyazit (Tiyaziden) Chicken (chickens)
Tazlaqqoyt (tizlaqqa) Egg (eggs)
Afoones (ifoonessen) Bull (bulls)
Tafoonest (tifoonessin) Cow (cows)
Yattoos (iyattosen) Cat (cats)
Eydi (ittan) Dog (dogs)
Ajdid (ijdad) Bird (birds)
Ooshen (ooshenen) Wolf (wolves)
Ayarziz Rabbit
Tayarzizt She rabbit
Agharda (ighardayen) Mouse (mice)
Izi (izen) Fly (flies)
Taqadfat (tiqadfin) Ant (ants)
Tekedsha (tikedshawin) Worm (worms)

Tfooyt Sun
Teziri Moon
Yoor Crescent
Itri (itren) Star (stars)
Ejenna Sky
Ess Day
Agguid Night

Ijdi Sand
Emen Water
Enoo Water well
Yebzi Wet
Yaqqoor Dry
Soof River
Ilel Sea
Amzar Rain
Iblem Clouds
Idjey Thunder

Amellel (tamellelt)** White
Azattaf (tazattaft) Black
Awregh (tewreght) Yellow
Azuggagh (tazuggaght) Red
Azizew (tezizewt) Green
Adyamanti (tadyamantit) Blue
**(terms between parentheses are for feminine gender)

Soo / icess /tcess Drink / he drinks / she drinks
Edsh / itett / et-tett Eat / he eats / she eats
Attas / yattas / tattas Sleep / he's sleeping / she's sleeping
Ayyoor / yaggoor / taggoor Walk / he walks / she walks
Elhed / ilahhed / tlahhed Run / he runs / she runs
Eri / yetteri / tettari Write / he writes / she writes
Zar*** / izarr / tzarr See / he sees / she sees
Sel / isell / tsell Hear / he hears / she hears
***commonly substituted by the Arabic term 7akkar
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