Maay Maay

MaayAf-MaayAf MaayAf MayMaay dialectMaay languageSomali Maayymm
Mai-Mai commonly spelled Maay Maay (also known as Af-Maay, Af-Maymay, or simply Maay, The Mai-Mai spelling is rarely used but it is in fact most sounding) But Mai-Mai is the source of the Somali language of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family.wikipedia
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Rahanweyn

DigilRahaweynHadame
Maay is principally spoken by the Digil and Mirifle (Rahanweyn) clans in the southern regions of Somalia.
The Rahaweyn (Somali Maay: Reewing; traditional Raxaweyn, رحنوين) is a Somali clan, composed of two major sub-clans, the Digil and the Mirifle.

Somalia

SomaliFederal Republic of SomaliaSOM
Maay is principally spoken by the Digil and Mirifle (Rahanweyn) clans in the southern regions of Somalia. It is mainly spoken in Somalia and adjacent parts of Ethiopia and Kenya.
Somali dialects are divided into three main groups: Northern, Benadir and Maay.

Baidoa

BaidoraBaydhabo
Its speech area extends from the southwestern border with Ethiopia to a region close to the coastal strip between Mogadishu and Kismayo, including the city of Baidoa.
Additionally, Baidoa is the heartland of Maay, an Afro-Asiatic language principally spoken by the Digil and Mirifle (Rahanweyn) clans in the southern regions of Somalia.

Somali languages

SomaliSomalis
Somali linguistic varieties are broadly divided into three main groups: Northern, Benadir and Maay.

Cushitic languages

CushiticCushitic languageEast Cushitic
Mai-Mai commonly spelled Maay Maay (also known as Af-Maay, Af-Maymay, or simply Maay, The Mai-Mai spelling is rarely used but it is in fact most sounding) But Mai-Mai is the source of the Somali language of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family.

Afroasiatic languages

Afro-AsiaticAfroasiaticAfro-Asiatic languages
Mai-Mai commonly spelled Maay Maay (also known as Af-Maay, Af-Maymay, or simply Maay, The Mai-Mai spelling is rarely used but it is in fact most sounding) But Mai-Mai is the source of the Somali language of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family.

Ethiopia

EthiopianAbyssiniaFederal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
It is mainly spoken in Somalia and adjacent parts of Ethiopia and Kenya. Its speech area extends from the southwestern border with Ethiopia to a region close to the coastal strip between Mogadishu and Kismayo, including the city of Baidoa.

Kenya

KenyanRepublic of KenyaKEN
It is mainly spoken in Somalia and adjacent parts of Ethiopia and Kenya.

Benadiri Somali

Benadir
Somali linguistic varieties are divided into three main groups: Northern, Benadir and Maay. Maay is not mutually comprehensible with Northern Somali or Benadir, and it differs considerably in sentence structure and phonology.

Mogadishu

Mogadishu, SomaliaMogadiscioMuqdisho
Its speech area extends from the southwestern border with Ethiopia to a region close to the coastal strip between Mogadishu and Kismayo, including the city of Baidoa.

Kismayo

KismayuKismaayoKisimayo
Its speech area extends from the southwestern border with Ethiopia to a region close to the coastal strip between Mogadishu and Kismayo, including the city of Baidoa.

Mutual intelligibility

mutually intelligiblemutually unintelligibleintelligible
Maay is not mutually comprehensible with Northern Somali or Benadir, and it differs considerably in sentence structure and phonology.

Lingua franca

trade languagecommon languagelingua francas
However, Maay speakers often use Standard Somali as a lingua franca, which is learned via mass communications, internal migration and urbanisation.