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Arabic: The language with no capital letters

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10 facts about the Arabic language

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The Arabic language is one of the few languages that is written and read from right-to-left.

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While Arabic words are written from right-to-left, Arabic numerals are written from left-to-right.

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Over 300 million people worldwide speak the Arabic language in several different dialects.

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You may be unaware that several words in the English language are derived from Arabic words.

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The Arabic language is one of the oldest languages of the world, dating back 1,500 years.

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Unlike many other common languages, the Arabic language does not use any abbreviations.

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One of the features that prominently distinguishes Arabic is that it is written in cursive, i.e. the letters are connected.

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Arabic words are formed by a root system, or a consonant-base word, and there are between 5,000 to 6,000 lexical roots. Most roots generally consist of three consonants.

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Twenty-five countries and sovereign states use Arabic as the official language of the country.

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Most Arabic words start with consonants; there are 28 consonants in the language.

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Origin of the language

Arabic originated in the Arabian Peninsula.

History of the language

It is thought that Arabic originated during the first to fourth century CE.

Learning the language

As an English speaker, you will need about 2, 200 hours to learn Arabic.

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Arabian language for beginners

Ten basic words to start learning in Arabic:

Good=Hasan

Today=Al Youm

Happy=Saeida

Bye=Wade’ana

Thank you=Shukran

Sad=Hazeen

Love=Ishq

Beautiful=Jameel

Tomorrow=Bukra

Hello=Marhaba

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Man is essentially ignorant and becomes learned through acquiring knowledge.

Ibn Khaldun

Philosopher, Sociologist, Historian

Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Kahlil Gibran

Poet, Writer, Visual Artist

Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.

Prophet Muhammad

Founder of Islam, Political and Social Leader

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Fun facts about the Arabic language

Over 10 words for “love”

Arabic has 14 words for “love” that describe the varying stages. Ishq refers to intense love while hawa refers to infatuation.

Elaborate root system

Arabic has an elaborate root system. All varying terms for a concept originate from one root word.

There are three types of Arabic

The Arabic language can be classified into three standards, namely; Classical, Modern Standard, and Colloquial Arabic.

You already know many Arabic words!

Many common English words, such as algebra, cotton, and alchemy are actually Arabic words.

No capital words in Arabic

Arabic does not capitalize letters. So, if you want to emphasize a word, you should use quotation marks.

Widespread influence

Arabic has influenced many languages which have incorporated Arabic words into their lexicons, including English, Urdu, Hindi, and Persian.

Over a hundred words for camel

Arabic has hundreds of words for “camel,” depending on the breed, character, and position of a camel in a herd as well as other factors.

No use of verb “to be” in present tense

When using the present tense in the Arabic language, there is no use of the verb “to be.” So “I am Jack” is literally expressed as “I Jack.”

Sixth most spoken language in the world

More than 300 million people speak Arabic worldwide, making it the sixth most spoken language in the world.

Unique sounds and letters

The Arabic language has unique sounds and letters that many other languages do not have. For instance, the raspy “kh” ( خ) in the name Khalid and the gargling ”gh” ( غ) made in the back of the throat as in ghareeb (strange).

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