Libyan linguists choose African languages

Libya’s official language is Arabic, but as in many countries, most young people in Libya learn English as a second language and many university students can speak English fluently by the time they graduate.

Libyan students are also looking to other languages as well as English. Recently the University of Sebha in the south of Libya celebrated 25 years of teaching African languages. Several other Libyan universities and schools also teach African languages, thanks to a campaign by the government to promote their use.

Students at Sebha can choose between three African languages including Fulani (spoken in parts of West and Central Africa) and Hausa (spoken in Northern Nigeria).

The most popular language is Swahili which is the official language in Tanzania and Kenya and also spoken in several other East African countries.

Read more about the University of Sebha’s anniversary celebrations in this article from The Tripoli Post.

Image: ‘Al-Inkishafi’ Swahili manuscript from SOAS

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April 20, 2009 Comments disabled

Mr Behi: blogging from Iran and Libya

The Adventures of Mr Behi started out as an account of life in Iran, explaining aspects of life as well as local customs such as the Persian new year, celebrated this week.

For the last year or so Mr Behi and his wife have been living in Tripoli, Libya, and so the blog more recently contains stories of Tripoli and life in Libya seen through expatriate eyes.

We also thank him for pointing out the very interesting Rageh inside Iran documentary that we wrote about recently in Topics of the World.

March 27, 2008 Comments disabled