Neo-Mandaic (Mandāyî)

Neo-Mandaic is an Aramaic language spoken by 300-500 people in Iran and among the Mandaean diaspora. It is more conservative than other Neo-Aramaic languages, though has been influenced by Arabic and Persian. It is a modern descendent of Classical Mandaic, the liturgical language of the Mandaean religion in Iran and Iraq. There are two dialects: Ahvāz and Khorramshahr, which are mutually intelligible.

Neo-Mandaic is rarely written, but when it is a version of the classical Mandaic script is used.

Neo-Mandaic alphabet and pronunciation

Neo-Mandaic alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Neo-Mandaic (Excel)

Information about Neo-Mandaic provided by Wolfram Siegel (Word doc, in German)

Sample video in and about Neo-Mandaic


Information about Neo-Mandaic

Languages written with the Syriac script

Aramaic, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Mandaic, Suriyani Malayalam, Turoyo, Western Neo-Aramaic

Semitic languages

Akkadian, Amharic, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Chadian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Hassaniya), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Syrian), Aramaic, Argobba, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Canaanite, Chaha, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Ge'ez, Hadhramautic, Harari, Hebrew, Himyaritic, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Maltese, Mandaic, Nabataean, Neo-Mandaic, Phoenician, Punic, Qatabanic, Sabaean, Sabaic, Silt'e, Syriac, Tigre, Tigrinya, Turoyo, Ugaritic, Western Neo-Aramaic

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