Do you know what algebra, henna, admiral, gazelle, sherbet, lute, saffron, safari, Sahara, and tariff mean? If you do, you already speak some Arabic! In addition to you, there are more than 300 million Arabic speakers in the world.
Arabic is the sixth official language of the United Nations. In addition to being the language of the Quran, the holy book of over 1 billion Muslims, Arabic infuses much of the vocabulary of science, math, and philosophy because of the historic contributions of Arabic speakers to the Arts and sciences. Today, learning Arabic is crucial to understanding the social, political, and economical situations that affect the world around us.
- Arabic is the fifth most commonly spoken native language in the world.
- Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam.
- There is a high demand and low supply of Arabic-speakers in the Western world.
- There are financial incentives for learning Arabic.
- Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade.
- Arabic-speaking peoples have made significant contributions to world civilization.
- The Arab-speaking world has a rich cultural heritage.
- Knowing Arabic can promote intercultural understanding.
- Arabic influence is evident in many other languages.
- The United States has an Arab-American minority. Tony Shalhoub and Ralph Nader -among others- are all Arab-Americans.
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To find out more about the Arabic program at Georgia Southern contact Youssef Salhi.
Last updated: 12/2/2020