Meninet_20200424_tir

Published June 3, 2020

This video features Meninet speaking Tigrinya, which is her mother tongue. She recorded the video in Italy, where she was born and raised. At the start of the video she greets the viewer in the nine native spoken languages of Eritrea: Kunama, Bilen, Saho, Tigre, Bidawet, Nara, Rashaïda, Afar, and lastly, Tigrinya. She then continues in Tigrinya, speaking about the difference that she sees between identity (which is the meaning of her name) and nationality. Tigrinya is the most widely spoken language in Eritrea and is spoken by 9 million people worldwide. It is primarily used in Eritrea, where it is one of three de facto national languages and has a large amount of speakers in Ethiopia, where it is a recognized minority language. Tigrinya is a Semitic language of the broader Afro-Asiatic family, making it linguistically related to Amharic, Maltese, the Arabic languages, Aramaic, and Hebrew, among others. Tigrinya has been a literary language since at least the 13th century and is traditionally written using a form of the Ge'ez script, which is widely used to write different languages across Ethiopia and Eritrea. For the full translation of this video into English, visit our blog: https://medium.com/wikitongues/menine... This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. To download a copy, please contact hello@wikitongues.org. Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/C1RiF/

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Tigrigna [tir]

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