“Out of the estimated forty million people who live in Algeria (2016), around 75% to 80% speak Algerian Arabic, or Algerian (known as Darja or Dziria) as their first language, and another 20% speak it as a second language.
Algerian is a language derived from a variety of Arabic languages spoken in northern Algeria. It belongs to the Maghrebi Arabic language continuum and is mutually understandable with Tunisian and Moroccan Arabic.
Like other varieties of Maghrebi Arabic, Algerian dialects have a mostly Semitic vocabulary, with significant under-layers and numerous loanwords from French, Ottoman Turkish, and Spanish.
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