What Language Spoken in Algeria?



There are 2 official languages in the country of Algeria are recognized as Modern Standard Arabic and Tamazight (Berber) language. On May 8, 2002 the constitutional amendment made Berber a national language of the country of Algeria. More than 99 percent of Algerians people have Berber and Algerian Arabic as their native (indigenous) languages. Approximately 73 percent of the country’s population speaks the Algerian Arabic language while 27 percent speak the Berber language. Like His neighbor country Morocco in Algeria the Algerian government also uses the French language as do the media and schools. SO it would not be wrong to say that Algerian use French language in their Government offices sometimes.

Official Languages Of Algeria

Algeria’s Official Language

By 1963 constitution Arabic language was established as Algeria’s official language, and a status which was re-affirmed in the constitution of 1976 that 73% of the country’s population speaks the Algerian Arabic langauge, which is derived from the different kind of Arabic languages that are used in northern Algeria. Algerian Arabic language encompasses divergent dialects spoken by 2 genetically different groups namely pre-Hilalian and Hilalian dialects. Modern Standard Arabic language is reserved for official use while Algerian Arabic is most widely used for daily communication in the country of Algeria. Berber language is considered as Algeria’s native tongue. The Berber languages are grouped in to the 5 primary dialects that are mainly spoken in the Algerian Sahara desert, in Kabylia, and in the Awras. Berber language has been spoken since medieval times in the country of Algeria and remained popular in the country despite the introduction of Arabic and Latin until the French invasion. In the year of 2016, Berber language was made Algeria’s 2nd official language.

What are the Regional Languages Of Algeria

Hassaniya language is 1 of the regional languages that are spoken in the country of Algeria. Hassaniya language is a variety of Maghrebi Arabic native (indigenous) to Algeria as well as Morocco, Libya, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, and Niger country. It is spoken in a lot of different dialects. Korandje language is the another regional language spoken in the country of Algeria, and which language is a Northern Songhay Language. The language is most widely spoken by the people who are living in the Saharan oasis of Tabelbala. Although this language has a basic Songhay structure, Korandje language is heavily influenced by Berber and Arabic language. The number of native speakers of Korandje language is estimated at 3,000 speakers.

Vernacular Languages Spoken In Algeria

Most of Algeria’s population is master in Arabic Algerian language, and this language is primarily featured in entertainment and day to day communication in the country that’s why mostly Algerians fluently speak Algerian Arabic language. And this language has a more simplified vowel system than the standard Arabic language, and it has borrowed from the Berber language and other languages like, French, and Turkish language. Algerian Berber language is spoken by the native Berbers of Algeria. Some of the Berber dialects used in the country of Algeria are Kabyle dialect which is approximately spoken by 5 million inhabitants of Kabylie area and surrounding areas and Chaouia langauge which is spoken in Aurès. In combination with Algerian Arabic language the French language is most widely spoken in the country’s large cities. Like Morocco country the big number of population of Algeria’s country understands the French language, like we have discussed above French is widely used in Government, schools, and in media.

Main Immigrant Languages Spoken In Algeria

Immigrant languages of Algeria

Dawsahak language is the main immigrant language in the country of Algeria. Dawsahak language is the part of Songhay linguistic family, and it is a native language of the pastoralist Idaksahak of Mali. The language’s structure has heavily borrowed from the Tamajaq, Tuareg languages, and Tamasheq.

What are the sign language of Algeria?

Sign Languages Of Algeria

The sign language that is most widely used in the country of Algeria is called the Algerian sign language. On may 8th, 2002 It acquired an official status, when the Algerian law established a section on the Promotion and protection of those people living in country with the disability. In the northern Morocco the language has been accepted by the Oujda deaf community.

What are the Foreign languages Spoken in Algeria?

Foreign Languages Spoken In Algeria

During the French occupation French language was introduced in the country, and although the government of Algeria has tried to stop the language in the country, but French language is still widely used. The country of Algeria is recognized as the 2nd largest Francophone nation in regards to speakers. In Algerian schools English language is taught, and in the education curriculum there have been calls to replace the French language with English since the latter is the ‘language of science. So here is the list of Algerian languages please let us know in contact form if you think we should add something more in this article, thanks.

What Languages Are Spoken In Algeria?





Algerian Official languages

Literary Arabic and Tamazight (Berber) language.


Algerian Regional languages

Hassaniya (unrecognized) and Korandje (unrecognized).


Vernacular languages

Algerian Arabic, Algerian Berber and Algerian French.


Immigrant languages

Dawsahak language.


Algerian Sign languages

Algerian Sign Language.


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