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Algeria Demographics - Languages
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Arabic is spoken as a native language by more than 99% of the population; of these, over 65% speak Algerian Arabic and around 11% Hassaniya. Algerian Arabic is spoken as a second language by many Berbers. However, in the media and on official occasions the spoken language is Standard Arabic.
The Berbers (or Imazighen) speak one of the various dialects of Tamazight and add up to around 45% of the population. Arabic remains Algeria's only official language, although Tamazight has recently been recognized as a national language.
French is the most widely studied foreign language in the country, and the great majority of Algerians speak it fluently, though it is usually not spoken in daily circumstances. Since independence, the government has pursued a policy of linguistic Arabization of education and bureaucracy, with some success, although many university courses continue to be taught in French. Recently, schools have started to incorporate French into the curriculum as early as children start to learn Arabic. French is also used in media and commerce.
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