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Why should you learn Arabic?
Another reason is that Arabic is one of the oldest living languages in the world, and it is the origin of many languages, in fact there is a theory that says "Arabic is the origin of languages" and those who adopt this theory depend on the fact that Arabs are able to pronounce any sound in any language in the world very easily, on the other hand lots of non-Arabs have a very hard time pronouncing some Arabic letters which are not available in their native language (for example the letter Dhad in Arabic is not used in any other language in the world, and the Arabic language is sometimes called the language of the Dhad).
Arabic is the language of a large part of our planet. It is the main language in 22 countries, spoken by more than 250 million people. It is also the second language in many Islamic countries because It is considered the spiritual language of Islam -one of the world's major religions- (we're talking here about more than 1 billion people). It is one of the permanent languages in the United Nations.
For thousands of years minor changes were made to the Arabic language and it was appropriate for every era through out the countless civilizations that used it as their native language. In fact, Arabic has a great influence in most of the languages in our present times. Maybe, the most obvious contribution of Arabic to humanity is the Arabic numerals (0,1,2,3..), not to mention the numerous words with Arabic origins which are used today in most languages (Algorithm, Algebra, Coffee, Zero, Sugar and the list goes on.)
Useful Arabic words:
||How much/ How many
||Right ( direction )
|Anta (M) / Anti (F)
Many people are wondering what they should expect if they start learning Arabic, How important is it? How hard or easy is it? Whether it has different rules from English (concerning Arabic Grammar, Arabic Vocabulary ...)
First let's talk about how important Arabic is, Today Arabic is spoken throughout the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania, and Chad. It is the mother tongue of over 225 million people in Africa and Asia. And since the Qur'an is written in Arabic, people in other Muslim countries have from basic to advanced knowledge of Arabic like in Indonesia (largest Muslim population), Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Israel, India also has one of the world's largest Muslim populations, although Islam is not the principal religion there. Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, and Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania (Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim), Nigeria ...and in many places where Islam is the dominant religion, or even among small Muslim communities, since Arabic is related directly to the Qur'an, the holy book of Muslim.
Arabic is like any other language, easy in some aspects and hard in some others, depending on the learner's background, and ability to adapt to new rules. A person whose mother tongue is Hebrew will find it easier than a person whose mother tongue is Spanish or English, because of the similarities, also a person who speaks more than one language is more likely to learn it easier, because his/her brain is already trained to deal with more than one language and adapt with new rules, new vocabulary.
Arabic has 28 consonantal phonemes (including two semi-vowels). Arabic is different than English when it comes to the way it's written (right to left) and some sounds don't exist in English like the glottal stop, usually transliterated by (‘) like in the word ‘elm (science). Also the consonants (q) and (gh) are the sounds produced the farthest back in the mouth in English (called 'velars' because the tongue touches the soft palate or velum), like in qalam (pen), and loghah (language). (kh) which sounds like the Scottish ch as in (Loch Ness lake).