“Close friend” in Tunisian Arabic
In Tunisian Arabic, “Close friend” is written using the Latin script as:
In Tunisian Arabic, using the Arabic script, it is written as:
(Editor’s note: In Tunisian Arabic, the literal translation for “Close friend” is A3az sahb (اعز صاحب) but is uncommonly used. The words 5ouya (خويا) and O5ti (اختي) mean brother and sister, respectively, and can be used to also denote a close friend. In situations where a woman is referring to another woman who is a close friend, the terms O5ti (اختي) and 3zizti (عزيزتي) are commonly used, and on occasion, the term Sahbty (صحبتي).
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Examples in sentences or statements
“You are a close friend.”
(m) Enti 5ouya.
(f) Enti o5ti.
.انتي خويا (m)
.انتي اختي (f)
“He is a close friend.”
“She is a close friend.”
“We are close friend.”
(m) Ahna 5wat.
(f) Ahna 5wat.
.احنا خوات (m)
.احنا خوات (f)
“We have been close friends for years.”
(m) Ahna 5wat 3ana barcha.
(f) Ahna 5wat 3ana barcha.
.احنا خوات عنا برشا (m)
.احنا خوات عنا برشا (f)
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