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Peace Corps Morocco

Training Unit

TašlHeet Glossary





* DRAFT – April 15th, 2010PC Training Unit

Preface

This glossary is a rectified version of ‘The Tamaziġt and TašlHeet Dialects Dictionary’; a very impressive work that was developed based on the Peace Corps language books and notes taken from both CBT language and tutoring sessions by Eli Mechanic who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ait Bouali 2008.

This glossary is a language resource intended for the Peace Corps Morocco trainees and volunteers who will be, or already are, serving in TašlHeet speaking communities to support their ongoing language learning. It does not attempt complete coverage of the TašlHeet vocabulary, but rather contains a wide range of the vocabulary used in day-to-day life in the Souss Region (TašlHeet Tassussit). We hope you will find it useful.

As we are planning to develop a more elaborated Peace Corps dictionary that will comprehensively document the TašlHeet lexicon, we highly encourage you to share with us your notes, ideas and suggestions.


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Notes on Transliteration

Transliteration is mainly based on the Peace Corps method used in the TašlHeet Textbook:
Consonants:


Symbol

Sound

Arabic Script



Arabic “aiyn” sound



H

Throaty H sound.



š

“sh” sound in “she.”



x

“ch” in German “Bach”



ġ

Like “x” except pronounced using the voice box, similar to French “r.” Often written in other places as “gh.”



D

Emphatic “d.” Increase the emphasis placed on the letter.



Ţ

Emphatic “t.” Increase the emphasis placed on the letter.



ş

Emphatic “s.” Increase the emphasis placed on the letter.

ص

q

Like the English “k” but pronounced farther back in the throat. Almost like the sound a crow makes





Vowels:

Symbol

English equivalent

Berber Example

a

apple

amz

ay

ace

tastayt

e

empty

er’zza

i

bee a long “ee” sound, not “aiy.” For example, the word for sky, igana is pronounced “eegana,” not “aiygana.”

ig’na

o

open

moHal

u

tune

A long “oo” sound, not “uh.” For example, the Berber verb to rest, sunfu, is pronounced “soonfoo,” not “suhnfuh.”



sunfu

y

yes

yan


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