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How Sudanese speakers say there is or isn’t something


If you ever want to tell a person in Sudan that there is or isn’t something, here’s how you can do it.

New words:

  • There is
  • There isn’t

Sample sentences:

  • Is there a cafe near here?
  • Is there a dog in the park?
  • There isn’t any money.
  • Craig

    To say there is, you can say either توجد (tujad) for feminine nouns or يوجد (yujad) for masculine nouns, followed by the noun that you’re talking about. To say there isn’t, just prepend the whole sentence with لا. Example:

    لا توجد مشكلة
    There is no problem

    • Joel Barrott
      Free Member

      That is MSA which differs greatly from many of the Arab dialects. Dialects such as Sudanese and Levantine often use في as an equivalent of يوجد instead.

      في الفصحى هناك مثير من الخلافات بين اللهجات العربية

  • Shelley Thomaseec

    Shouldn’t “cafe” be more like “cahwa”?

    • Joel Barrott
      Free Member

      “Qahwa” is coffee, where as cafe (the place of drinking coffee) is “maqha”. Keep in mind that some dialects, such as Levantine, often change the sound of the ق (qaf) from a “q” to either a hamza or hard “g” sound.

    • Joel Barrott
      Free Member

      and I should add that in Sudanese dialect, the ق is pronounced more like a hard “g” than the typical MSA-based “q/c” sound.