Somali or Af-Soomaali is the official language of Somalia and is also spoken in Djibouti and Ethiopia. It is a Cushitic language whose closest relative is Oromo, spoken in Ethiopia. Arabic has influenced approximately 20% of the Somali vocabulary, with other words coming from Italian and English. There are three main varieties of Somali: Northern, on which Standard Somali is based, Benadir, which is mutually understandable with Northern, and Maay, which is not mutually intelligible with the other two.Learn Somali with uTalk
Lowland East Cushitic
Somali sayings include 'A home without a mother is like a desert' and 'He who has not travelled has no understanding'.
Somali prepositions come before the verb and the verb comes at the end of the sentence! 'Bring the car for Ali' is literally 'Ali the car for-bring'. 'Bring the car from Ali' is 'Ali the car from-bring!'.
There is no direct translation for 'please' in Somali. The closest is 'Waan ku barayayaa' or 'I'm begging you'!
Somali has 2 tones which can change meaning. For example, 'boy' is ínan, and 'girl' is inán.
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