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Sudanese Arabic


Though as many as 134 Languages are spoken in Sudan, Arabic is the country's official language. Our module focuses on the dialect spoken in Khartoum and is designed to be a primer in the Sudanese dialect of Arabic for students who have an intermediate to high level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic, providing an opportunity to familiarize with the sounds, vocabulary, and grammar of Sudanese Arabic.

Intriguing Questions

  1. How does Sudanese Arabic compare to Modern Standard Arabic?
  2. What are the influences on Sudanese Arabic?
  3. How has Arabic spread throughout Sudan?
  4. What other languages are still widely spoken in Sudan?

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This teaching module is coordinated by Martha Saavedra

Last Updated: May 1, 2009

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