Almost 262 million people use it as their first language. Many more people can also understand it, but not as a first language. It is written with the Arabic alphabet, which is written from right to left, like Hebrew. Since it is so widely spoken throughout the world, it is one of the six official languages of the UN, alongside English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Chinese.
Many countries speak Arabic as an official language, but not all of them speak it the same way. There are many dialects, or varieties of a language, like Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Maghrebi Arabic, Levantine Arabic, and many others. Some of these dialects are so different from each other that speakers have a hard time understanding the other person.
Most of the countries that use Arabic as their official language are in the Middle East. They are part of the Arab World. This is because the largest religion in the Middle East is Islam.
Native speakers 292 million people. The language is very important in Islam, because Muslims believe that Allah (God) used it to talk to Muhammad through the Archangel Gabriel (Jibril), giving him the Quran in Arabic. Many Arabic speakers are Muslims, but not all are.
Arabic is also becoming a popular language to learn in the Western world, even though Arabic grammar is sometimes very hard to learn for native speakers of Indo-European languages. Many other languages have borrowed words from Arabic, because of its importance in history. Some English words that can be traced to Arabic are: sugar, cotton, magazine, algebra, alcohol, and Emir.
Arabic is a official language in:
United Arab Emirates
It is also considered as one of the national languages of:
Arabic is a Semitic language and therefore shares similarities with other Semitic languages, such as Aramaic and Hebrew. In terms of writing, several languages use the Arabic alphabet, such as Persian/Farsi, Urdu, Pashto and Kurdish.
Top Dialects of the Arabic Language:
Modern Standard. Modern Standard Arabic is the standardized variety of the Arabic language.
Egyptian. Egyptian Arabic refers to the dialect spoken by over 60 million people in Egypt.
Is Arabic a hard language to learn?
The vocabulary of Modern Standard Arabic is no more complex than the vocabulary of any other modern language.
Arabic is said to have hundreds of words for ‘camel’. For example, ‘Al-Jafool’ means a camel that is frightened by anything; ‘Al-Harib’ is a female camel that walks ahead of the others by a great distance so that it appears to be fleeing.
The Arabic language has contributed hundreds of words to the English language by many different routes.
Some examples of words, that are borrowed from Arabic, perhaps with a few adjustments, are 'alcohol', 'algebra', 'algorithm' and 'cotton', 'carat' ( as in gold!), 'magazine', 'safari', 'sofa', 'ghoul', 'mummy' (Egyptian mummy, not your parent).
Arabic (العربية) = a Semitic language, in the same family as Hebrew and Aramaic.
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