Arabic: rich, poetic, and in high demand


If you could understand that then you could be the one, the one in three Britons who are able to hold a conversation in another language. But if not, then hopefully this short video will give you all the inspiration you need to learn a second language. Today we are going to talk a bit about Arabic. Arabic is not the language of one country. It is the main language of 26 nations across North Africa and the Middle East. It unites more than 400 million native speakers
in the Arab world, as well as being something of a ‘lingua franca’ or common language
in many other countries. Written Arabic has changed remarkably little
since the Middle Ages, largely because classical Arabic is revered as the language of the Quran. Speakers of Modern Standard Arabic can enjoy
7th-century Arabic poetry without too much effort, which is impressive considering the
challenge that even 17th-century writers such as Shakespeare pose to native English speakers. Speaking of Shakespeare, his most famous speech
from Hamlet would be a bit shorter if his first language had been Arabic. The Arabic language only has the past and
present tense, and dispenses with the verb ‘to be’ in the present. To be or not to be…that really is the question. If you want to progress with Arabic, you’re
going to need to dabble in two languages side by side. You’ll need to know the standard written
language, known as fus-ha (الفصحى).You’ll also need one of the local spoken dialects,
which vary a lot more in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammatical structures from one region
to another. These differences are obvious when you use
local pronunciations for different words. For example, camel (جمل) in modern standard
Arabic and Eastern Arabic is ‘jamal’. But in Egypt it’s ‘gamal’. The cliché that Arabic has a thousand words
for camel might be a slight exaggeration, but the amount of related words is numerous,
an example of how rich and poetic the Arabic language is. As one of the six official UN languages, Arabic
can be a real boost for careers in international organisations and diplomacy, as well as journalism,
tourism and international trade. So if you are thinking of how to set yourself
apart then learning Arabic as a second language would be a great way to begin. [Arabic] Good luck!

9 thoughts on “Arabic: rich, poetic, and in high demand

  1. Hi, all. I am a native Arabic from Egypt. If anyone wants help with learning Arabic, I would be glad to help. ✌👍

  2. There are truly 1000 names to a camel in arabic and 1500 names to a lion

  3. This video was really well made, i'm surprised it only has 8k views..
    Btw, it's true that each object/animal has hundreds of names, I think "Lion" has more than a thousand.

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