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Kabyle (Taqbaylit) belongs to the Northern Berber group of the Afro-Asiatic language family. The name of the language is reportedly derived from the Arabic word for “tribesman”. The Kabyle-speaking areas of Algeria include the provinces of Tizi Ouzou, Béjaïa and Bouïra. About half of the population of the neighboring Sétif, Bordj Bou Arréridj and Boumerdès provinces are also Kabyle speakers. About half of the 3-million population of Algiers, the capital of Algeria, ...Full Article

Semitic Branch

Semitic languages constitute a the most populous branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. They are spoken by more than 500 million people across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. They ...Full Article

Cushitic Branch

Cushitic languages form a branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. They are spoken in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, and Djibouti — countries located in the Horn of Africa. The dominant Cushitic languages, both in terms of number ...Full Article

Chadic Branch

The Chadic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family consists of about 195 languages spoken south of the Sahara desert in an area stretching from the south of Niger, across northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon and Chad. Chadic languages are ...Full Article

Berber Branch

The Berber languages are a group of 26 closely related languages that constitute a branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. They are spoken by 14 to 25 million people in ...Full Article

Afro Asiatic Language Family

Afro-Asiatic, formerly called Hamito-Semitic, is the largest language family of northern Africa. With a total number of speakers estimated at more than 300 million, it is spread throughout North ...Full Article


Tigrinya (Tigrinya, Tigray, Tigriññā, ትግርኛ) is a member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It is closely related to Amharic,Tigré and Ge’ez, an extinct language that is still used in religious practice. It is distantly ...Full Article


Tachelhit (Shilha, Soussiya, Southern Shilha, Susiya, Tachilhit, Tashelheyt, Tashelhit, Tashilheet, Tashlhiyt, Tasoussit) belongs to the Northern Berber group of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Tachelhit is the Berber name of the language, while Shilha ...Full Article


Somali (Af-Maxaad Tiri, Af Soomaali, الصوماليه) belongs to the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.  Its is closest relative is Oromo. Somali is spoken by 6.5 million people in Somalia where it has ...Full Article


Oromo, also called Afaan Oromo and Oromiffa, is a member of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It is a macrolanguage language of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea, and Djibouti, by ...Full Article
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