The Arabic language is the language spoken in a large area including North Africa, most of the Arabian Peninsula, and other parts of the Middle East. Arabic is the language of the Qurʾān and the religious language of all Muslims. The sound system of Arabic is very different from that of English and the other languages of Europe. Arabic is the sixth most spoken language in the world, with nearly 420 million people speaking it worldwide. Arabic is widely taught in schools and universities and is used to varying degrees in workplaces, government, and the media.
Arabic, in its standard form, is the official language of 26 states, as well as the liturgical language of the religion of Islam, since the Quran and Hadith were written in Arabic. All varieties of Arabic combined are spoken by perhaps as many as 422 million speakers in the Arab world, making it the fifth most spoken language in the world. Learning a new language is always a big undertaking, but when the new language doesn’t share a root with your native tongue, it’s even more difficult. In this blog, I’ll share my experience of learning Arabic. I hope that my experience will help you know Arabic a bit better before starting to learn it.
My thoughts while learning Arabic-
- Seems strange but familiar – Unlike other languages, grammar only won’t make it, you’d need to know how the three-letter root can form nouns, adjectives, adverbs, along with their gender and numbers. It’s not a joke when I heard that studying Arabic is not easy. It’s like studying classical text as the formal language has stopped evolving since centuries ago.
- Arabic can connect you to a rich history and another civilization – A language with such fascinating ancient origins is bound to offer students of the language access to a whole other world, with a rich history and foundations in another civilization and another time. While learning Arabic, I learned more than I could imagine and I am grateful for it.
- Arabic can help you understand other languages easily – Not surprisingly, the Arabic language is related to other world languages and knowing Arabic will grant you an easier time learning other languages such as Farsi or Persian, Turkish etc. The grammatical constructions and the semantics between these languages are similar.
- Arabic speakers make good salaries – In my experience, there are some pretty good jobs out there with good salaries. Speaking a second language, not only opens new doors but also has numerous other advantages. You will gain valuable insight into another culture and access to another world.
- Arabic is spoken in many countries – rabic is the official language of over 20 countries and has nearly 300 million native speakers. Economically, these countries have grown quickly in a short amount of time, and the Arab world has a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion which was one of the reasons I decided to learn Arabic. After I finished learning Arabic, I went to the Middle East and it was terrific. I was able to connect with almost everybody just because I knew their language.
So, these were some of the reasons why I decided to learn Arabic along with my personal experiences. Learning a second language can be fun but learning Arabic is particularly exquisite. The rich culture and the history just take you away. Also, If you decide to learn Arabic, you are sure that there would be a great demand for your language skills as the supply is scarce.