Learning new languages always opens the horizon to new opportunities, Moreover Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognize different texts and sounds plus on the cognitive brain level you actually get smarter, interested??
We will lead you towards the majestic language of Arabic, an ancient yet creative descriptive language so, do you think you know the Arabic language? Well, let us take you to a journey of great facts that will help you become more interested in learning Arabic.
1- The widespread use of Arabic:
With more than 300 million people speaking Arabic this magnificent language comes as the 5th most spoken language in the world, as there are more speakers of Arabic than the population of France, England, Spain, and Germany combined!
2- You may already know some Arabic:
English has many words acquired either directly from Arabic or indirectly from Arabic words. Here are 21 English words that come from Arabic to get you started! racquet, alchemy, caravan, carat (as in gold!), alcohol, algebra, algorithm, alkaline, amber, sugar, mummy (as in ancient Egyptian mummy), cotton, ghoul, lemon, loofah, magazine, sherbet, sofa, tariff, Safari and coffee.
3- The reason you deal with “X” in mathematics:
we can’t deny the role the Arabs and the Arabic language played in putting the basis of mathematics as during the era that is called “Dark Ages” the Arab scientists were having their own “Golden ages” in various scientific fields.
In mathematics, the algebraic letter ‘x’ which represents an unknown number originated from the Arabic word “shay” or “the thing” in English. When translated in Spain It became ‘xay’ so its final abbreviation became ‘x’ when translated to English. Moreover, the number system used today was introduced to Europeans by Arab merchants.
4- The words are derived from 3 letters root:
you need to know that Arabic belongs to the Semitic language family which includes Aramaic and Hebrew for it is one of the oldest spoken languages it carries a great history and civilization behind and like other Semitic languages, words are based on a 3-consonant root system and Related words are derived from the same three-letter roots as Other letters and vowels are added around this root to create different words.
For instance, the idea of studying is expressed by the root (درس), for example: the verb “studied” is this (DA-RA-SA), based on this (درس) root – the place where you do the action is a school is (مدرسة).
Interestingly enough, the word “madrasa” is to be looked up under the original (درس) root in a dictionary, so under د, and not م.
Aanother example the root (كتب) conveys the idea of “writing”, as such, كتب means “he wrote”, كاتب means “writer”, كُتب means “books”, and مكتبة means “library”.
5- Unleash your potentials for new sounds:
There is a reason why Arabic is called the language of ض while making your lips take a circle shape) because for this specific letter we can’t find it’s correspond in any other language.
There are sounds that don’t exist in any other languages, such as ع and غ are two of the most difficult letters for non-native speakers to pronounce because it’s not a common sound in English.
خ is the sound you make when clearing your throat. This is another letter that non-native speakers have the most difficulty learning and ‘ح’, which is a sound as in حبيب (lover).
To get an idea of how this is pronounced, imagine breathing on a window to create a mist.
6- One of the official 6 languages of the UN meetings:
Aspiring to become a politician?!, well you need to know the game before you can change it, if you desire to speak in front of the UN you better know one of the UN’s 6 official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Arabic was added to the ranks in 1973 and is now one of the official languages of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Security Council.
UN Arabic Language Day is observed annually on December 18, the event was established by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010 seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”.
7- No abbreviations or capitalizations in Arabic:
If you had bad experience regarding writing with capitalizations well no need to worry about writing proper nouns in Arabic because all letters are treated equally plus Arabic speakers do not use abbreviated words to shorten talking the way English speakers do with “don’t” or “legit” or “USA”.
8- Arabic doesn’t follow the Arabic Alphabet:
This is one of the tricks you will find in Arabic that it’s writing system follows an “abjad” system rather than an alphabet.
In other words: An “abjad” is a system in which each letter stands for a consonant and not a vowel, which requires the user of the language to provide the vowels using vowel marks.
9- There are 3 types of Arabic:
“Fuss-ha”, the high style classical Arabic, also known as Qu’ranic Arabic which is used as a global, universal standard.
The Qurʾan and children’s books are published with them, “Fuss-ha” is used in all writing that does not attempt to represent casual speech and in most novels the characters speak in “Fuss-ha”
Arabic script was already in use before the codification of the Qurʾan, but it was unified and provided with diacritical marks to resolve ambiguities in the holy text
Modern Standard Arabic – (MSA):
Modern Standard Arabic is the Arabic of newspapers, novels, and text-book. This literary variety of Arabic is used in writing and in most formal speech, and is pretty similar to Classical Arabic.
The differences between dialects are mostly confined to vocabulary and the shifting or loss of some sounds. Because of the historical spread of Islam and, with it, Arabic, the language has today been spoken for more than 1,300 years over a wide territory that includes parts of Europe, North Africa, and the Levant.
The national or regional varieties of spoken Arabic differ significantly from Modern Standard Arabic and Classical Arabic, as well as from each other.
For example, Syrians, Palestinians, Saudi Arabians or Egyptians can communicate with each other easily, however, would have more difficulty communicating with Moroccans or Algerians, with its greater influence from French.
10- Language of poetry and description.
Arabic has 11 words for love, 50 for beautiful, and another 100 for God. Since the language is over 1,500 years old, it’s had a lot of time to develop.
Where one language has one word for something, Arabic has hundreds and when it comes to romance Arabs have their own world with contrary to popular belief, these words are not the same. They each refer to a unique degree of love.
In fact, there are 14 degrees of love in Arabic language. The most common word for love in Arabic, حب, comes from the same root as the word ‘seed’ which has the potential to grow into something beautiful.
Also, there are names for camels based on: color of hair, herd mentality, relativity to water, food habits, health conditions, the number of camels in one spot and so much more.
11- Arabic language is read from right to left.
Arabic language is one of the few scripts in the world that is written from right to left, like the Hebrew alphabet.
12- Spoken by 29 countries:
There are only 22 Arab countries in the world, but 29 countries use Arabic regularly. Countries with significant Muslim populations that aren’t Arab, such as Pakistan, Iran, and Indonesia, have many Arabic speakers. Since Arabic is the holy language of Islam, non-Arab Muslims learn the language too. And countries that were once inhabited by Arabs, like Spain and Malta, speak languages comprised of Arabic. As a result, there are over 300 million Arabic speakers in the world.