Celebrating the 18th of December
Languages are the common platform that gathers and connects different people from various aspects of the world, it carries the magical communication style that brings humans to the common understanding point and through our scientific breakthrough in the last century but without languages we would be stuck into a dark era where we would be still trying to convey our messages through primitive ways.
What is the world Arabic language day?
Since languages are a critical tool it’s only natural that we give each of them credit and our credit today goes to celebrating the Arabic language, a historic, ancient and very descriptive language as most of the scientific renaissance that happened in Europe was based on the scientific bases of Arabic scientists and their contributions to the scientific society.
The World Arabic Language Day is observed annually on December 18. First established by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010 The date signifies the day in 1973 when Arabic became the sixth official language of the UN along with French, English, Russian, Spanish and Chinese. Each year, the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture pays tribute to individuals, groups or institutions for their dedicated work in the diffusion of broad knowledge of Arab art and culture.
World Arabic Language Day is a window to deliver a strong message in favor of the dissemination of the Arabic language as UNESCO wishes to recall the importance of multilingualism in an increasingly globalized world.
The dissemination of the Arabic language throughout the world is a beacon for cooperation and peace. let our team work together to release its hidden energy.
How to celebrate Arabic day?
Trying to read a small novel or Arabic literature work will improve your Arabic if you’re a native speaker and if you aren’t don’t worry, begin with something small and you will do great.
Playing Arabic word games:
Playing Arabic word games would be a great help, try to gather your friends and play games for memorizing unique Arabic words and even put a prize for the winner.
Arabic culture songs:
An easy way for identifying some Arabic words would be listening to some Arabic songs or Arabic Nasheed.
This is a more advanced stage for people to relearn the beauty of the language and even explore more fascinating words, try to write your diaries for a week in Arabic
For non-native speakers identifying some facts about the Arabic language would be a key feature for you to know the language a bit more, also you check our previous article about the 12 facts of the Arabic language to know more.
Arabic Cultural Visits:
Try to manage a visit to a museum or an Arabic cultural place so you can see the beauty of the ancient Arabs.
More Arabic tips:
- Try an Arabic calligraphy workshop
- Native speakers, make sure to preserve the Arabic language by talking to your children in your mother tongue
- If traveling, try to learn some Arabic words to communicate and talk with native Arabs
The day offers many great opportunities for Arabic language speakers, especially native speakers, it reminds them that their language is fully capable to use in everyday communication. By openly celebrating the day, people who perhaps felt judged at their insistence for the use of Arabic language in everyday communication feel rewarded and less people hold the grudge for using it.
For Non-Arab Native:
A great idea we saw from a class as students prepared small 10-minute presentations about Arabic language facts and presented for the rest of the school during the morning assembly. At the end, even students who were not taking Arabic as a modern language, learned a few words and some facts about the language. So, we would say for non-native speakers that the day is a brilliant opportunity for them to learn more about the Arabic language.
Within the environment of the world Arabic language day we find that this atmosphere would be great to give you that extra push to help you learn Arabic and get you in the mood.
Here are some tips to get you started learning Arabic:
Avoid the myths you hear about learning Arabic:
Don’t let the myths of Arabic language get under your skin, where there is a will there is away and learning a new language isn’t as hard as you think, here are some myths that we usually hear.
“Arabic has too many exotic sounds, impossible to learn for foreigners.”. There are only a few sounds which are different, and these can be learned easily through good communication skills.
“Arabic has an enormous vocabulary.”. True but the vocabulary of Modern Standard Arabic is no more complex than the vocabulary of any other modern language.
Devote time in the beginning for Arabic listening:
Find every single opportunity to be around people and if this wasn’t possible, at least have Arabic media playing in the house just so your ears could adjust to it.
A communicative style Arabic teacher:
Traditional teaching methods which are all about drilling grammar rules and memorization might give you a headache. so make sure that your Arabic teacher appreciates the value of communication and modern delivering methods.
Start speaking Arabic:
Try to get over the fear of being wrong in front of people, it’s okay to make a mistake, you are learning. Remember that mistakes actually will be the key to fluency over time and you need to try to practice Arabic speaking.
Improve your Arabic language in the workplace
You can try to do one of the following to practice Arabic:
Try to write Arabic cards and hang it around your workplace, this would help your eyes get familiar with the Arabic language.
Online Arabic chat
An effective way for learning the language would be with having a peer chat with an Arabic friend, within the technological era we are living in, it is very easy to find someone on the internet to teach you some Arabic language.
Post the day
The work begins the day after the poetry lines stop appearing on our timelines and the newspaper articles no longer discuss the events of World Arabic day as the real challenge is keeping up the momentum for the language throughout the year, when all the calligraphy-inspired banners have been put away. How can children and even adult native speakers feel encouraged to use their mother tongue for everyday use at work and in educational settings? It’s a great idea to have such a day, but practical steps must be taken to address any issues each Arabic country has with regards to Arabic.
The world Arabic language day is a very fruitful step in overcoming obstacles and challenges the world faces towards the Arabic language and we need to change the mindset and the stereotyping people have towards the Arabic language, so we encourage you to engage in this day, learn a fact or read a book but don’t forget the thread the next day.
Now it is your turn, please tell us how do you celebrate the Arabic day?