Western Neo-Aramaic (Lišāna Arāmīṯ / ܐܪܡܝܐ)

Western Neo-Aramaic is spoken by about 15,000 people in three villages - Ma'lula (معلولة‎), Bakh'a (بخعة‎) and Jubb Adin (جبّعدين‎), in the Anti-Lebanon mountains of western Syria. It is the only living Aramaic language that belongs to the western branch of Aramaic languages.

Each of the villages where Western Neo-Aramaic is spoken has its own dialect, which are influenced to differing degrees by Arabic. The dialect of Jubb Adin is the most influenced by Arabic.

Western Neo-Aramaic alphabet and pronunciation

Western Neo-Aramaic alphabet and pronunciation

Download Western Neo-Aramaic chart provided by Wolfram Siegel (Word doc, in German)


Information about Western Neo-Aramaic

Numbers in Western Neo-Aramaic

Languages written with the Hebrew script

Aramaic, Bukhori, Domari, Hebrew, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Juhuri, Knaanic, Ladino, Mozarabic, Yiddish, Yevanic

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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