The Arabic language is one of the oldest languages still in use today. The oldest Arabic script is over 2500 years old but some say that the spoken language is much older. If you learn the language you will have access of very deep and ancient knowledge. Here are some facts about the language:
- It influenced a lot of languages: Persian (from the Indo-European language family) and Turkish (from the Altaic language family) are filled with Arabic words. Spanish andPortuguese have a surprising amount of words from Arabic origins (approximately 4000 words). And even the name of the language “Swahili” which is spoken in east Africa is an Arabic word. English also has its fair share of Arabic derived words for example: tomato, lemon, apricot, alcohol, coffee, admiral, cotton, syrup, ghoul, alcove, sofa and most words starting with “al.”
- It hasn’t changed: If you bring a native speaker a poem from the 8th century and tell him it’s new, he will probably believe you unless he is familiar with poem of course. Thereason is: Arabic now is the same as the Arabic from hundreds of years ago a native will be able to read text that’s thousands of years old.
- Spoken in over 20 countries: If you learn Italian you can speak it almost in Italy only, if you learn Japanese you can speak it almost in Japan only, and it’s the same for alllanguages with a few exceptions. Arabic falls under the exceptions category if you learn Arabic you can speak it in over 20 countries and be able to communicate with over 300 million people.
- Its script is widely used: The Arabic script is used by 1/7th of the world population.
Therefore learning it will make learning languages like Urdu, Turkish and others a lot easier.
- Poetry and literature: If you are a fan of literature and poetry you will absolutely love Arabic literature and poetry. Arabic poems will be from the best poems you will ever read.
- Arabs are friendly people: Arabs are from the friendliest people in the world and they will always be happy to help you in whatever way they can.
And the best thing about learning Arabic is that you will feel the deep ancient history and culture it holds; you will be able to distinguish the truth from lies.
Written by: Osama Waheib