Ahmad speaking Aleppo Arabic and English | Semitic languages | Wikitongues| Subs of Classic Arabic
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Ahmad speaks Aleppo Arabic (Aleppine Arabic), a variety of Levantine Arabic, one of the Semitic languages alongside Hebrew, Amharic, and Tigrinya. Aleppo Arabic is spoken in and around Aleppo, Syria.
This video was self-recorded by Ahmad Kadan in Aleppo, Syria. Ahmad speaks Aleppine Arabic, which is a variety of the North Levantine Arabic variety that is spoken by more than 24.2 million people. Also known as Aleppo Arabic, this variety is specific to the Aleppo and the surrounding regions; it differs from Damascus and Lebanese Arabic phonetically by using the voiced alveolar fricative instead of voiced postalveolar fricative, as well as having a voiceless postalveolar fricative that is unusual for Levantine Arabic varieties.
Together, the Northern and Southern Levantine Arabic varieties—spoken across Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan—are broadly considered to constitute one of the major dialect continuums in the Arabic-speaking world. (Per Ethnologue, there are over 20 Arabic languages.) As in much of the Arabic-speaking world, Levantine Arabic speakers tend to use their mother tongue as the language of daily speech, while using Modern Standard Arabic, derived from Classical Arabic, as the language of formal settings like political discourse and media. However, social media and texting have blurred these lines in writing. Linguists describe the phenomenon of two languages coexisting for different social contexts as "diglossia".
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