If you are learning Arabic or considering learning it, you might be wondering why it would be beneficial. Here are some reason on why you should learn Arabic.
- Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken native language in the world: Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries and there are well over 350 million native speakers of the language. These speakers are largely concentrated in the Middle East, but there are minority groups of native speakers throughout the world. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and the African Union.
- Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam: In addition to the millions of native speakers, many more millions know Arabic as a foreign language, since as the language of the Qu’ran, it is understood by Muslims throughout the world.
- Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade: Initiatives to integrate the Arab world into the global economy are opening up numerous potential business opportunities. The Arab region with its rapidly growing population provides a huge export market for goods and services. With the collective GDP of the Arab League being over 5 trillion US dollars annually, the region has much to offer the world market. In order to do business effectively, one must understand the language and culture of the people with whom one hopes to negotiate and conduct trade.
- Arabic-speaking peoples have made significant contributions to world civilization: While Europe was experiencing the relative intellectual stagnation of the Middle Ages, the Arab-Islamic civilization was at its zenith. Arabs contributed a great deal to the advancement of science, medicine, and philosophy. Much learning from the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine cultures was preserved for the world through the Arab libraries. Arabs have also made significant contributions in such areas as literature, mathematics, navigation, astrology, and architecture. A knowledge of Arabic enables the exploration of this vast body of knowledge in their original language.