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'Turkish Tel Abyad', that is how the vast majority of its inhabitants (Arabs) call the Turkish half of Tel Abyad. I wanted to see it with my own eyes, cuz I wondered if the town was like half Turkish half Arab or majority Arab. It is absolutely the latter. It is an Arab town. Image
Of course, education, services and so on are Turkish and jn Turkish. But the Arab inhabitants speak Arabic among themselves. They are bilingual. Same goes 4 the town of Harran, roughly between Şanlıurfa and Akçakale. Ak = white, kale = castle/the Turkish translation of Tel Abyad.
What I also learned, the Arabic of Akçakale/Turkish Tel Abyad, Harran and Şanliurfa (mixed population) is like Iraqi Arabic, to my surprise. It started already in the hotel where a waitor said 'aani' (ana, Iraqi way). In Akçakale I heard a lot of -ich instead of -ik: beitich. Image
Shloonich etc.

And also the kaf ك changes 'to Egyptian giim ج' as one put it: al-Bakaara البكارة to al-Bagaara (tribe).

Q changes to (Fusha) Jiim ج sometimes: al-Qais to al-Jais and other times to g: yiguuluun, and tilaagiin.

Plus the -n of uun/iin verb endings is preserved
Several explained to me that their ancestors came like 300 years ago from Mosul to this area.

It is easy to distinguish between Turkish Arabs and Syrian Arabs (even from the other side of the border) due to some differences in the Arabic.
Deiri however sounds quite alike.
So today I talked with an intellectual about this language differences between the Arabic from Tel Abyad and the Arabic from Akçakale and Harran:

"The Syrian Arabic developed while the Arabs of Akçakale and esp Harran use it as a speaking language only, their Arabic stood still"
In #Istanbul doen we Pilates, hier hebben we, in de shoppingmall bijboorbeeld ook hurktoiletten... Image
On the road in de zinderende hitte. 💜 Image
In Şanlıurfa and Suruç together also 1000s of Syrian Kurdish refugees live, (there are no exact statistics) from Kobani mainly. I entered a few Syrian shops in Turkish (Kurdish) Suruç today and asked people why they did not return to #Kobani and if they have plans to do so. Image
And I bought Arabic coffee with 'heil' and some flavour of which I forgot the name. Plus I bought half of the man's falafel powder storage... I have never bumped into that in downtown #Istanbul yet.
We had our Turkish coffee here today...
(One of our Turkish coffees I have to say) Image
Yday in Ceylanpınar, on the other side of the Syrian town Ra's al-Ayn/Sere Kaniye, I bumped into 6 Arab tribal men from Hasaka and Deir al-Zour.
They were all members of the al-Bagaara tribe. I asked them why they fled. "We fled from the Assad regime, from ISIS, from the PKK" Image
It is by the way nice to experience when people say they are from Deir al-Zour and you try to make some changes to your Arabic to sound more Deiri how they appreciate that and enjoy to have a conversation with you...
This is the start of Ceylanpınar, the border town on the other side of Ra's al-Ayn/Sere Kaniye. Image
After Ceylanpınar we went to Nusaybin. I did not realise that when heading to Nusaybin one can clearly see the Syrian town of #Amouda on the other side of the border. And inside Nusaybin one can see a lot of #Qamishli. Image
#Nusaybin 'the mirror town' of #Qamishli Image
When driving through #Nusaybin we passed by a restaurant with a lovely name. @CatherineDVries Image
Heb ik weer. We reden net een paar minuten #Nusaybin binnen, komen we langs een kerk. Er woont nog een klein aantal Syriacs in #Nusaybin. In de zusterstad in Syrië is 't aantal aanzienlijk groter. Velen daar komen oorspronkelijk uit deze contrijen in Turkije, vertelden ze me daar Image
Some more info about the Mor Yakup/Saint Jacob Church. My Aramaic is a bit rusty but Mor means Saint apparently. @hlvdberg @MikeWingert Image
This is Şelale, for Arabic speakers yes it means what you think. It is on the road from #Nusaybin to Midyat. Image
Şelale. Image
A small monastery on the road to Mor Gabriel. How does one say finally in Syriac? Image
A church in the village of Enhil. Image
En sonunda, I made it to the Mor Gabriel Monastery in Tur Abdin/Mount of the Servants. Dayro d-Mor Gabriel 

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#Linguistictweet I have been wondering, how it came about that Aramaic 'de' means the same as French 'de'...

@hlvdberg @MikeWingert
Mor Gabriel Monastery

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And it is way bigger than I thought. Image
Mor Gabriel Monastery. Image
Mor Gabriel Monastery

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I asked the guide how many people are living at the monastry. "In total 60; 1 bishop, 3 monks, 14 nuns and 20 students and some workers"
Inside Mor Gabriel. Image
Last year I could see the Turkish city of Mardin clearly lit on a hill from Syrian Amouda. This week I did the opposite, I saw #Amouda - the lights down there - from #Mardin. Image
From Mardin (great city by the way) one can have an amazing view over a Northeastern part of Syria.

This video is Mardin - Amouda (far and below) - Debersiya (next one far and below) - Kızıltepe (Turkey again).
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