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Tuesday, April 15, 2003
 
NEO-ARAMAIC FROM KURDISTAN

In honour of the freeing of Iraqi Kurdistan from Saddam's tyranny, I promised that I would post something in Jewish neo-Aramaic. The following is a short piece from the Passover Haggada in the dialect of Zacho (Turkish-Iraqi border). A ribbit to the first person who can recognise it:

oha laxmet faqiratusa did xillu babawaseni b'ar'et miSSir. kud dile kfina ase axel. kud dili sniqa ase mpasseH. shatta eha axa, shattet asya b'ar'et yisra'el. shatta eha oze, shattet asya b'ar'et yisra'el bnon azadi.




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