What does it mean to learn Arabic?
Among the number of foreign languages that you can learn and master, why should you learn Arabic? It is not an easy language to learn and has nothing in common with English, French, or even Spanish. Therefore, it is going to be a strange choice for plenty. Yet, learning the Arabic language makes so much sense for many reasons.
When you decide to learn Arabic, you are not merely learning the language for the sake of learning a language. Arabic is a Southern-Central Semitic language. It is spoken in most parts of the Arabian Peninsula, parts of Middle East and North Africa. Arabic has 30 modern varieties or dialects. Literary Arabic, which is also called Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), is used today in formal speech and in writing. While Classical Arabic was used in Islamic literature of the 7th to 9th centuries. It is the language of the Qur’an.
Learning Arabic will definitely help you stand out. Though everyone in the Western world is interested in the Arab world. Few actually speak the language. Most people, including news outlets depend on translators to get the story.
Learning Arabic means learning about centuries of history and heritage. The modern Arab world was once home to amazing civilizations and histories and knowledge. Learning the language will empower you to read some of the famous classic literature. If you are a fan of ancient stories like The One Thousand and One Nights, then you will have a chance to read them in their original versions.
Also, think of the amazing economic benefits you will obtain by learning Arabic. The amount of foreign investments in the Arab world are countless. You will be in an advantage position when you are fluent in a language your company is interested in investing in or working with.
Last but not least, learning Arabic will help you visit this richly historical place and enjoy experiencing true Arab hospitality. Arabs are famous for loving guests. It is seldom that you pass by a shop keeper or a store where you are not invited for a cup of tea or even lunch, just because you stopped to ask for directions. Once a native speaker of Arabic hears a foreigner speak a few words in Arabic, they would be very eager and happy to help you learn their language.