Top reasons why you should start learning Arabic
Arabic is a fast-growing language in the international arena. Not only Arabic is the 6th most native spoken language worldwide with 274 million speakers, but it is increasingly in high demand in the Western world. Arabic is, without a doubt, a fascinating language that more and more people are choosing as a second language.
If learning Arabic has crossed your mind but you are still in doubt, look at these reasons why you should start learning Arabic right now:
1. It is one of the most largely spoken languages in the world
The Arabic language is the 6th most native spoken language worldwide. It is an official language in 20 countries and a co-official language in at least 6 more, and it is one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations.
2. Arabic is such a rich language
As it happens with Arab culture, the Arabic language is also extremely rich. From the Classical Arabic (known as Quranic Arabic) used in the Koran and other literary texts, to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), developed during the early 19th century and the standard language across North Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East and finally Colloquial Arabic, the many regional dialects spoken in the everyday life in every region.
Colloquial Arabic derives from Classical Arabic and it is usually learned as the first language by its speakers.
3. Arabic is in high demand in Western countries
As there are only a few people who know Arabic in Western countries, mastering the language will make you stand out in every job application. The low supply of Arabic speakers in the Western world means that any Arabic speaker has far more chances to find a job position, especially in fields such as engineering, business, international relations, journalism, industry, finance and banking, and the list goes on and on. If interested in establishing business relations with Middle East countries such as Qatar or the United Arab Emirates, knowing Arabic will be a safe bet.
4. You will learn about the world’s second-largest religion
Islam is the world’s second-largest religion and the main religion in Arab countries. Religion plays an important part in Arab countries, by speaking Arabic you will get to understand better the Arab world, traditions, and beliefs.
5. It opens a whole new world of travel opportunities
Imagine what it’s like to be able to travel to more than 20 countries and being able to communicate with locals. Not only it will make your travels much easier and pleasurable, but you will get to discover Arab culture, society, and traditions in a way impossible to achieve if you don’t speak the language.
6. Discover some of the countries that contributed to global civilization
Many Arab countries played their part in the development of architecture, navigation, astronomy, mathematics or literature. By speaking Arabic, you’ll be getting closer to the minds of some of the most important inventors and researchers of the whole world.
7. Have the best time by studying Arabic in immersion
Immersion programs in Arabic are not only the most effective tool in second language learning but also the most fun way of learning a new language. In the end, what could be best than learning Arabic in an Arab country? Traveling, making new friends, having a memorable experience!
8. You can choose the Arabic that interests you the most
You can choose Modern Standard Arabic and learn the most widespread version of Arabic to generally communicate with anyone, or go for Colloquial Arabic and make the most of communication with the locals of the country you are in. Whatever option you chose, Arabic is always a good option!