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Chadian Arabic
Spoken in Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan
Total speakers 986,190
Language family Afro-Asiatic
Writing system Arabic alphabet
Official status
Official language in none
Regulated by none
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 shu

Chadian Arabic or Shuwa Arabic (also known as Arabe Choa, Shua Arabic, Shua, Chowa, Chad Arabic, Suwa, L'arabe du Tchad, Chadic Arabic, Baggara) is the variety of Arabic spoken primarily in Chad. It is the first language for nearly one million people in Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, and Sudan but also serves as a lingua franca in much of the region.[1]


  1. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.


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