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Languages of Mid-East Christians

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Submitted by Daywono (United States), Dec 4, 2007 at 00:35

Most Christians in Syria and Lebanon speak French fluently, especially Maronites. If there were to be a big campaign to change the language we speak at home, I think most would rather spend the time and effort to return to our original, pre-Arabic language which was Syriac Aramaic. We all use it in church and many actually do speak it at home as the first language.

The situation in Egypt is much different with Coptic being almost completely lost already as a modern, spoken language and a very small number even learning it for use in church.

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