Arabic dialects

 

Arabic dialects
Figures in 1000.
Percent of all Arabic speakers.
Levantine, North 17,480 6.1%
Levantine, South 9,750 3.5%
Levantine Bedouin 2,070 0.7%
Mesopotamian 19,240 6.7%
Mesopotamian, North 7750 2.7%
Gulf 5,250 1.8%
Shihi 33 <0.1%
Baharna 420 0.2%
Omani 1,700 0.6%
Najdi 14,900 5.2%
Hijazi 9,300 3.2%
Dhofari 150 0.1%
Sanaani 11,500 4.2%
Ta’izzi-Adeni 10,200 3.8%
Hadrami 450 0.2%
Egyptian 56,300 19.5%
Saidi 26,200 9.1%
Western Bedouin 400 0.1%
Sudanese 27,400 9.5%
Sudanese Creole 20 <0.1%
Judeo 400 0.1%
Libyan 4,400 1.5%
Tunisian 10,200 3.5%
Algerian 26,000 9.0%
Jijel 300 0.1%
Algerian Saharan 120 <0.1%
Moroccan 22,850 7.9%
Hassaniya 3,100 1.1%

Variantions in spoken Arabic, and to some degree also written, can be so immense that considering Arabic as one language seems quite wrong. Should an Arabic speaker in the west of North Africa talk with one from the east on the Arabian peninsula, they could experience great difficulties in understanding each other. Scholars operate with the following flora of Arabic dialects.

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Source: http://looklex.com/e.o/arabic_l.dialects.htm

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