a group of Central Semitic languages spoken in pockets across Iran, Iraq, and Syria
All varieties of Neo-Aramaic–the Ethnologue lists 19 of them, primarily Northeastern varieties associated with Iran, Iraq, and Kurdish areas–are classified as Central Semitic languages, connected historically and through recent contact with many different forms of Arabic. The North Eastern Neo-Aramaic Database Project, spearheaded by researcher Geoffrey Khan, has demonstrated how considerable the diversity is just within that particular branch.
Much of the wisdom and worldview of Neo-Aramaic is encoded in its proverbs, 40 of which ELA recorded and translated together with Ghaith Hadaya. Click and scroll below to listen and see the English translations: