Arabic language today is very different from Arabic one or two thousand years ago. Many things have changed. The language itself, the people speaking it, where and when they speak it. In the age where technology connects us all around the world, Arabic is more important than ever.
FROM MOROCCO TO MALAYSIA
Arabic is one of the official languages of the United Nations. And not without reason. It’s spoken throughout the continents. From west to east, from north to south. If we had to describe the territory of Arabic in a few words it would be this. From Morocco to Malaysia, from Syria to Tanzania. Of course, it’s more popular in countries where it has an official status. It’s an officially recognised language of 27 countries in North Africa and Arabian Peninsula. In most of these countries, it’s also the most popular language of use.
However, the centuries-long influence makes Arabic language today much more widespread than its official borders suggest. It’s used to some extent in daily life as far south as Zanzibar, Tanzania.
On top of that, Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam. Muslims pray in Arabic all across the world. So, Arabic is alive wherever Muslims live. You’ll meet large groups of Muslims in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and other countries in Asia. In other words, as a speaker of Arabic, you’ll have a means of communication to almost half of the world!
THE TRACE OF ARABIC IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Arabic was the language of culture in middle ages. This golden age made influence to the rest of the world. The influence is very clear in science, history and other fields as well as languages. Those who know Arabic will recognise many words in a variety of other tongues. A few examples of such languages are Turkish, Persian, Urdu, Hindi, Latin, Ancient Greek, Spanish and even English or French. Of course, you still need to know Arabic script in order to recognise Arabic words like “banana”, “guitar” or “kebab”.
IMPORTANCE OF ARABIC LANGUAGE TODAY
So, it’s not surprising that this language is so important nowadays. It’s one of the most popular languages in the world. There are over 420 million speakers worldwide. It competes with Hindi and “beats” languages like Russian, French, Bengali and Japanese. Such popularity makes Arabic a promising career skill. Whatever your specialisation, you’ll easily find a way to put it to use. Assuming you know Arabic and are willing to direct your trade towards Arabic communities.
Of course, Arabic doesn’t equal to Islamic. Not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Muslims are Arabs. So, Arabic language today is spread all across the world in very different circles of people. The status of Arabic as international language is evident.
Such popularity led to 4 different dialects of Arabic (and hundreds of sub-dialects). However, Classical Arabic connects them all. This second layer of Arabic is always the same, as its rules are set according to Quran. Speakers usually mix their own Arabic dialect with the Classical Arabic in daily life. So, if you learn Western Arabic dialect, you can understand half of the world with it! You won’t speak to Malaysian Arabs fluently. However, it’s still a thousand times better than using English or hand gestures.
UNLOCK THE WORLD OF CULTURE
Another thing is that language makes you appreciate culture. So, if you’re interested in Asian and African cultures, Arabic language can lead you closer to them. Especially in countries where Arabic is the major language. Who wouldn’t like to read One Thousand and One Nights in Arabic? Probably only those who learn that Arabs themselves don’t think it’s an important piece of their literature. They have a ton of other things to be proud of. That’s what we mean when we say “language lets you appreciate culture”!
Are you ready to learn Arabic and connect to a whole new world,
from Morocco to Malaysia?
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