10 facts about the Arabic language
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.
Man is essentially ignorant and becomes learned through acquiring knowledge.
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.
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.
Founder of Islam, Political and Social Leader
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.
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).