Work.jpegArabic and French Languages in Tunisia:


All native Tunisians speak the local dialect of Arabic. Most speak French fluently, especially in the areas around Tunis. Children learn French and, starting at age 11, some English in school. Many older adults today seem to have little English.

English is spoken by some people especially in tourist zones.

If you are coming to live in Tunis, it is highly recommended that you learn some basic French or Arabic.

French is still the main language of the business world and commerce in general.

If you are interested in taking French or Arabic classes, one of the best places is the Bourguiba Language School. The school teaches mainly Arabic, French, and English, but offers also several other languages, such as German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese. the school offers many sessions, some intense, and some in the summer.

Online Translation between most European/English languages (Not Arabic): http://translation2.paralink.com/
Online Translation of blocks of text or web sites by URL: http://babelfish.altavista.com/tr
Online Dictionary: Most European languages: http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/today
Online Technical Terms Translator: http://europa.eu/

Online "Learn Beginning Arabic" http://lexicorient.com/babel/arabic/index.htm



Language schools in Tunis:
BOURGHIBA School offers intensive French, Arabic and Spanish. 71-832-418 or www.iblv.rnu.tn
SIDI BOU SAID Center offers conversational Arabic, French, Italian, Chinese, & Spanish. 71 981 776 or c.l.i@hotmail.com
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GOETHE Institute 14, rue Ibn El Jazzar, 1002 Lafayette – Tunis, Tel. +216 71 848266, offers German language instruction

CERVANTES Center 120, Avenue de Liberté 1002 Tunis Belvédère, Tél. : (+216) 7178 88 47, Centun@Cervantes.es, Spanish language instruction and guitar lessons

ESPACE CULTUREL GREC (Greece), 5, Rue de Rome – Tunis, 71 24 19 53, Greek language instruction and yoga classes

DANTE Institute (Italy) 5, Rue El Menzah-El MenzahI-1004 Tunis / Avenue de la Liberté 1002 Tunis, 7175 32 43 - 71 75 38 71, iic.tunisi@planet.tn, Italian language instruction

Russian Cultural Center 34, Avenue de la Liberté, B.P.63 - 1002 Tunis – Belvédère, 71 780 953, ruscult@planet.tn, painting and classical dance instruction


Tunisian dialect survival sentences:


Greetings and random sentences:
Hello
Good bye
Good morning
Good night

How are you?
I am fine
Thank you
Welcome
Aaslema
Bislema
Spaakhir
Tisb'halakhir

Chnahwelik?/Chnowa hwelik?/Lebes?
Lebes
Barkallawfik/Ayshik/Shukran
Marhaba/Marh'ba
Slowly
A little bit
A lot
Too much
Add on
Wait
Ok,alright

I would like/Iwant/I need
I do not want/do not like
Give me
Bishwaya
Shwaya
Barsha
Barsha barsha
Zeed
Stanna
Behi/Ok

N'heb
Menhebish
Aatini
Help and directions:

Where?
How?
When?

Here
There
Now
Right now

Excuse me (to pass by or to ask for something)

How much?

Yes
No
Maybe

Today
Tomorrow
Yesturday
Ween?
Kifesh?
Waktesh?

Linna/Lehna
Ghadi
Tawa
Tawa tawa

Samahni

Kkadesh?

Ey
La
Belekshi/Mumkin

Lyoum
Ghodwa
Elberah/ Ems
Calling a person:

Elderly man
Elderly woman

Adult (man)
Adult (woman)

Child (boy)
Child (girl)
Hajj
Hajja

Khouya (brother)
Okhti (sister)

Wildi (son)
Binti (daughter)