Why You Should Learn Arabic

By OptiLingo

Most people who want to learn Arabic begin with Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). MSA, is similar but easier than Classical Arabic. It’s understood across the Arab world and used by television presenters and politicians, for example, as well as to teach Arabic as a foreign language. You’ll also find it in newspapers and works of modern Arabic literature.

So you’ve decided you want to learn Arabic. Congratulations! There are a number of reasons to learn this amazing and ancient language.

Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages on the planet. Depending on the methodology used, and whether one is counting native speakers or all speakers, Arabic comes in somewhere between the fourth and seventh most commonly spoken language.

The reasons for this are many. Arabic is the language of the Koran, the holy book of Islam, which has over 1 BN adherents world wide. Moreover, Arabic is the national language across a large number of Arab states. These include the following:

Algeria. Bahrain, Chad, Comoro, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya. Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nicer. Oman. Palestine. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Western Sahara/Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

Arabic is also widely spoken in Cameroon, the Central African Republic. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Malta, Nigeria, Senegal, and in Israel.

In terms of “spoken” Arabic, there are many different dialects. An Arabic speaker from Kuwait, for example, can find it almost impossible to understand a local Tunisian, and vice versa – even though both individuals are speaking a particular form of Arabic dialect. Don’t worry, though. If you want to learn Arabic, both will be able to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic.

Here are some additional fast facts on Arabic:

  • Arabic is today spoken by more than 200 million people in the Arab World, and it is an official language in 22 countries.
  • Arabic is also an important language in many countries bordering on the Arab World, like Mali, Niger, Chad, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia. There are also Arabic-speaking populations in parts of southern Turkey and southwestern Iran.
  • Arabic has held the status of official language at the United Nations since 1974.
  • With the migration of Arab nationals to countries outside of the Arab World, the Arabic language has spread to practically all corners of the Earth.