Arabic is the 6th most spoken language in the world and is spoken by more than 200 million people worldwide. As the language of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, it is also widely used throughout the Muslim world.
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Countries that Speak Arabic
Arabic is the language or one of the official languages of: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, the Sudan, Saudi Arabic, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine-Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. It is also widely used in sub-Saharan countries such as Chad, Mali and Mauretania. As the language that Muslims are obliged to use in prayer, the language is also understood by Muslims across the world, and is especially significant in Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and the Philippines. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
History Of The Arabic Language
Arabic is a member of the Semitic subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic group of languages.
The word “Arab” means “nomad”, and Arabic was originally the language of itinerant tribes in the desert regions of the Arabian Peninsula. Nomadic tribes would travel around the Arabian Peninsula and speak Arabic, a language they were very proud of. Prose, poetry and oral literature were common ways to communicate through Arabic in those times. Semitic languages are based on a consonantal root system. Every word in Arabic is derived from one or another root word (most likely a verb).
English Words Derived From Arabic
Arabic has contributed numerous words to the English language like [koton]cotton,[succar] sugar,[ghazal], gazelle, [qithara], guitar, [qeerat], carat, and [laymoon], lemon.
Similarities And Differences Between English and Arabic Grammar
The Arabic language uses the same punctuation marks as English, as well as the same Western rules of punctuation, but some of the symbols are inverted, such as the comma (،), or reversed, like the question mark (؟), but this has no impact on the intonation.