Around 456 million people worldwide speak Arabic, making it the fifth most spoken language of the world. The word “Arab” means “nomad”, which makes sense considering Arabic originated from nomadic tribes in the desert regions of the Arabian Peninsula. Arabic language evolved from Nabataean Aramaic script and has been used since the 4th century CE. It is written from right to left, in a cursive style, and includes 28 letters similar to the English alphabet. Arabic belongs to the “Semitic” group of languages and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic.
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There are three forms of Arabic:
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), Qur’anic Arabic / Classical Arabic, and Colloquial Arabic.
MSA is the official modern language of the Arab world and is derived from the Qur’an. MSA is widely taught in schools and universities throughout Arab-speaking countries. It is also used to varying degrees in workplaces, government, and the media throughout the Arab World.
Despite the existence of MSA, Arabic Speakers grow up speaking the dialect of their region. Every Arabic-speaking country has its own form of colloquial Arabic that differs radically from MSA. A single dialect of colloquial Arabic may be common throughout an entire region or specific to one country. The major Arabic dialectal groups are;
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE
Mauritania, southern Morocco, south western Algeria, Western Sahara
Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Syria
Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia
Mesopotamian / Iraqi
Iraq, eastern Syria
Sudan, Southern Egypt
Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti, southern Saudi Arabia