Tashelhit love poem
ⵖ ⵜⵉⵙⵉⵜ, ⵜⴰⵎⴷⵢⴰⵣⵜ ⵉⵏⵓ ⴰⴽⵯ ⵉⵣⵉⵍⵏ
ⴰⵏⵏ ⴳ ⵉⵙ ⵜⴳⴰ ⵜⴰⵯⵍⴰⵜⴼⵜ ⵏⵎ
ⵎⴰⵛ ⵖⴰⵡⵍ, ⵀⴰⵏⵏ ⴰⵔ ⵜⵜⴰⴼⵓⴹ
ⵜⴳ ⵜⴰⵎⴳⴳⴰⵔⵓⵜ ⵉⵏⵓ ⴰⵔ ⴽ ⵜⵜⵉⵔⵉⵖ
In latin alphabet
Gh tisit, tamdyazt inu akw iziln
Ann g is tga tawlatft nm
Macc ghawl,hann ar ttafud
Tg tamggarut inu ar k ttirigh
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Love poem by Richard Bellon a french poet, translated into the tashelhit (tachelhit, Shilha), the language of Chleuhs people in the Moroccan Souss, by the poet Mohamed Ouagrar. The chleuh with 6 million speakers, is the most important Berber language of Morocco, one finds it in the Souss region.
We know a very rich tashelhit literature. The Berber poet Mohamed Awzal is one of the best known authors.
Berber languages belong to the Hamito-Semitic languages family and can be considered as aboriginal languages of North Africa.
In Morocco we find in the mountainous regions, three large dialect areas for Berber languages: In the north, the Rif (Tarifit or Rifain); in the center middle-Atlas (Tamazight), in the south of the Atlas (chleuh or tachelhit). In Algeria, exactly in Kabylia we find Kabyle (taqbaylit), as well as chaouia (tachawit) and Mzab (Ghardaia).
Other Berber languages are spoken throughout the Sahara (Tiniri in Berber), by the Tuaregs, in Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Burkina Fasso, and Mauritania.
In recent years, the migration towards cities, as sharpened the identity of Berber speakers, for whom their language is the symbol of their culture.