As we mentioned in a previous article (link), the Arabic language is pretty unique and diverse, and it makes sense to want to learn it since so many people across the globe speak it. This is supported by the fact that, in recent years, we can see a rise in interest in the language – students everywhere are making an effort to learn Arabic!
To continue our examples of why the language is so special, here are more features that make the Arabic language unique:
Arabic Is The Fifth Spoken Language In The World
The Arabic language is one of the most widely-spoken languages all over the world. It is the means of communication for over 422 million people, mainly in North Africa, the Middle East and what is generally known as the Arab World. The Arabic language is also frequently used in the surrounding areas of Turkey, Chad, Mali, Senegal, and Eritrea. However, that doesn’t mean you will hear Arabic only in the Middle East and parts of Africa; there are a few countries outside the region that recognize Arabic as a minority language, such as Cyprus, Iran, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Turkey.
Arabic Belongs To Semitic Language Family
The Semitic languages are a branch of the Afro-asiatic language family which originated in the Middle East. The name was taken from Shem, a son of Noah in the Book of Genesis. The Semitic languages are a family of several closely related languages spoken by more than 330 million people in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as by large minority populations in both Europe and North America. With a written history extending nearly 5,000 years, the Semitic languages are among the earliest documented languages in the world. Courses at the first and second cycle are offered in Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic/Syriac and Assyriology in some countries. Arabic is the largest Semitic language if size is determined by the number of speakers. Arabic is found in two functional variants: Modern Standard Arabic and Arabic dialect. We have discussed this in our previous article, so feel free to check it out.
Arabic Is The Language Of Quran
The language is very important in Islam, because Muslims believe that Allah (God) used it to talk to Muhammad through the Archangel Gabriel (jibril), giving him the Quran in Arabic. Many Arabic speakers are Muslims, but not all are. For over 1,400 years Muslims have said their prayers in Arabic and even until today, despite being from a range of ethnic groups and communities spread all over the world, speaking all manner of languages, this fact has remained consistent. For example Turkey’s national language is Turkish. However, due to the fact that the main religion is Islam, the population still understands Arabic by reading the Quran and listening to the prayers.
Arabic Language Has Only Three Vowels
Arabic is a language made almost exclusively out of consonants and vowels could theoretically be omitted when writing words. Nonetheless, spoken Arabic obviously has vowel sounds. They are indicated by diacritical marks placed above or below the letters. However, when reciting the alphabet, you can notice three long vowels: ا alif, و waw, and ي yah.
Most Of The Arabic Words Start With A Consonant
The Arabic alphabet is actually an abjad. The distinction between an alphabet and an abjad is more than technical. An alphabet is defined as a writing system in which each written character represents one unit of sound. Common examples include Roman, Greek, and Cyrillic. An abjad, however, is defined as a writing system in which consonants are marked primarily and vowels only secondarily (and not necessarily). In simple terms, an abjad is a writing system comprised of consonants. The vowels can be marked in writing, but usually aren’t. Arabic and Hebrew are the most common examples of languages that use abjads.
The Arabic language is indeed a unique one. If you want to learn this valuable language, stay tuned for more articles!