The difference between Juba Arabic and Classic Arabic

9 Jan 2019 Igloos

The difference between Juba Arabic and Classic Arabic or Sudanese Arabic is a thing worthy knowing. South Sudan, also known as the Republic of South Sudan gained her independence from Sudan on the 9th of July 2011 in a ceremony which was witnessed by several world leaders and diplomats. It came as an outcome of the 2005 agreement that ended the then Africa’s longest civil war.

The brain behind the independence though, Dr John Garang did not himself taste the fruits of the struggle when he died in 2005 a few years before independence in a chopper crush of the Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Born on 25th .June 1945, Garang later led the Sudan People’s Liberation Army during the second Sudanese civil war which later led to peace talks and eventual independence of South Sudan from Khartoum. The independence from Khartoum came with its own challenges as the independence did not enjoy peace for a long time. It was in a short period that the world could witness any emergence of several other rebel groups seeking to overthrow the government in the new republic.

The independence from Sudan did not only come along with politics but with a cultural identity which became clearer after independence. Juba Arabic, a South Sudan dialect of Arabic named after the South Sudan capital Juba became commonly used in the public domain and in different social arenas . Juba Arabic, also known as South Sudanese Arabic is a lingua franca spoken mainly in the equatorial of South Sudan. The language derives from the pidgin based on the Sudanese Arabic. What is interesting about Juba Arabic is that it has simplified grammar and influence of the South Sudan languages mostly in the southern part of the country.

The difference between Juba Arabic and Classic Arabic or the Sudanese is that the former follows the English Alphabet/ Latin Script while the latter follows strictly the Arabic Alphabet with no alterations. Juba Arabic has alternate names such as Pidgin Arabic and Southern Sudan Arabic with an estimated 800,000  Speakers.

Additionally Juba Arabic is widely spoken in Central Equatorial, East Equatorial, Western Equatorial states, North Bahr al Ghazal, West Bahr al Ghazal and Upper Nile states of South Sudan. The language is basically classified as Creole Arabic based hence the difference between Juba Arabic and Classic Arabic can also be clearly seen from the distinct language families.

It is therefore important to note the difference between the two dialects or languages.  When seeking Professional Translation Services , this has to be clear Otherwise, one may end up with a wrong translation for a right audience.






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