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Hello I am new! I live in USA and work in Algeria. I really enjoy the country and people. I want to learn the language better than I do now. Thanks!
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salam

 

Hello :D

 

Welcome to E-DZ, Kevo!

And welcome to Algeria.

 

You can learn Darja (which is the Algerian dialect) on the web site, which is unfortunately under construction right now.


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Hello Kevo, I'm a former American who has an Algerian wife and residency there. Now working in Saudi Arabia for a couple more years, inshaAllah. Welcome!


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Chikroun everyone! Yes I tried the link for the Darja but no luck. I have worked in Hassi Messaoud for many years and have enjoyed it. I have many Algerian friends and I will tell you that Algerians are very friendly and some of the nicest people I have ever met.
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salam

 

A'afwan Kevo.

 

I'm sorry I can't help you with the link, I don't know when the site will be done.

But for now, if you have any questions or need some translation, I'd be happy to help.

 

Were you still in Hassi Messaoud when the In Amenas hostage crisis happened?



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Hello Eve

Yes I was in Hassi Messaoud.I was supposed to go to Inamenas the day after it happened but the trip was cancelled of course (homdullah!) I have been to Inamenas in May 14 and it is ok there but a lot of militare is there also. But yes please help with the darja! I am going back to Hassi Messaoud in 3 weeks and want to know some new words and phrases! I know it will take some time,but I want to speak fluently one day inchalla.So if you please:

 

What time is it?

Where are you going?

Can I call you?

expensive

cheap

i want that

i need that

i will bring it for you

give me more please

this tastes really good!

i am tired

I have to leave

Where is your home?

 

Also what does "wella" mean?

 

Thanks Eve for your help!  :thumbup:

 

I hope its not too much!



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salam

 

Hi, Kevo.

 

You're lucky that trip wasn't scheduled a day earlier! Al HamdoleAllah.

 

What time is it?    Sha'al essa'a?

Where are you going?    Ween rak mashi?

Can I call you?   Nakder na'ayetlek?

expensive   Ghali

cheap    Rkhees

i want that  Rani baghi hada

i need that  Khosni hada

i will bring it for you   Dok njebahlek

give me more  Zedne

this tastes really good!  Benntah shabba bzaaf

i am tired  Rani a'ayan

I have to leave  Khosni nrooh

Where do you live?  Ween tesken

 

But you have to bear in mind that this will differ a little in almost each Wilaya, but I think they'd understand it.

Wella means or, and there's Wallah which means I swear to god.

 

 

And sorry for the late response.

 

If you need anything else, please feel free to ask. :)


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Thanks Eve! I have noticed that people from different areas have different words for the same things. I work with people from all over. Mostly people from the north like Algiers,Oran,Bejaia. But some from the south too. Are you from the north?( ween tesken )Your English is very good by the way!
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salam

 

You're welcome, Kevo.

 

Yeah, we have some really diverse dialects around Algeria.

For example the word bro (brother), in the capital they say Kho, Oran they say Khoya and in Sidi Bel Abbes it's Khayi.

 

I'm from the north-west, Sidi Bel Abbes to be exact. Nesken fe Sidi Bel Abbes. :D

And thanks for the compliment.


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Wach raki!

In Hassi they say "Wach rak khoya"
So you don't live in the Sahara. The summer has been brutally hot in Hassi Messaoud (skana bezafff !!) I live in Atlanta Georgia and I thought it was hot here.
A few more words please:
Menha
Cain menha
Makesh menha
Weenta
Lezam


Thanks again for your help!
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salam

 

I'm fine, thank you. Labas, saheet :D

 

Hah, well it has been pretty hot in SBA, too. Now it's starting to get colder.

 

Menha  Really 
Cain menha Really/ for real.
Makesh menha No way.
Weenta? When?
Lezam Must/ necessary.

 

Those three one's at the beginning can be used as questions as well.

 

You're welcome. :D







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