Bedawi

Facts

  • Language: Bedawi
  • Alternate names: Beja, Bedawiye, Bedauye, To-Bedawie, Bedja
  • Language code: bej
  • Language family: Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, North
  • Number of speakers: 1178000
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Bedawi is an Afro-Asiatic language of the southern coast of the Red Sea, spoken by about two million nomads, the Beja, in parts of Egypt, Sudan, and Eritrea.

The Beja are found mostly in Sudan, but also in parts of Eritrea, and Egypt.

The Bedawi verb

Sample verb: yak

(English: to get up)

Past Present
Sg.1 yak\-an yak\-ani
Sg.2m yak\-taa yak\-tiniya
Sg.2f yak\-taayi yak\-tiniyi
Sg.3m yak\-iya yak\-iini
Sg.3f yak\-ta yak\-tini
Pl.1 yak\-na yak\-nay
Pl.2 yak\-taana yak\-teena
Pl.3 yak\-aan yak\-een

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