Hello fellow reader and language student! If you are reading this article, you might be in search of some motivation in your language learning process. And we understand you, it can be challenging, especially taking into consideration that this new language might be Arabic. Take it from us, once you get the basics, Arabic is just like any language to learn, even if at first it looks different from any other language you might know. And in a way, it is true, Arabic is unique. The language has a different pronunciation and “reversed” writing system. Maybe you’ve been writing your entire life from left to right. Well Arabic is the other way around. And this can be quite confusing when you start. Have no worries, we’re here to provide a few pick-me-ups on why starting to learn Arabic language is worth it and what benefits it brings you.
Around 122 million people worldwide speak Arabic (this included natives and non-natives). So you can agree with us when we say it covers a big chunk of people and area. In fact, it’s one of the top 5. Now, Arabic is diverse, because you will find it in 2 forms, Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic, aka dialects. You can even say that MSA is like a second language for a native speaker, since the average Arab will most probably talk in their own country’s dialect. So if you learn Arabic language, you won’t know only 1, but 2 languages in the same time.
The people make up a country and those people form the local culture. Now wouldn’t you agree that if you were able to speak the Arabic language you’d be able to embrace the culture more? The language channels the culture. If you want to imbibe it, you might want to control (to some degree) the language that the culture happens to be conducted in.
Like any other language, Arabic has its own idioms, metaphors and sayings that are very specific and, if translated, could not grasp the full meaning of the phrase if translated and it would lose its charm. And wouldn’t be wonderful if you would be able to communicate with a native speaker so you could get a full grasp of what he is saying? Even the Arabic alphabet is an art by itself! Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Arab countries are open to the idea of mingling with expats in the work environment. Did you know that some Arab employers prefer expats? (for example, in teaching jobs, parents prefer a native English speaker over a local in order for their child to catch the accent). Also, foreigners target certain Arab countries due to the general increased wages. So, having your native language and conversational Arabic might help you more.
Once you learn the language, you will notice that many other languages in the region share similarities. For example, Arabic words make up to approximately 50% of the vocabulary of Persian (Farsi). Same applies to Urdu, Turkish or Hebrew.
Did you know that the West has a demand for Arabic speakers? However, few westerners engage in learning the language. Areas like journalism, translation and interpreting services, hospitality, intelligence and secret services, education and many others require Arabic and the employers are willing to compensate for the skill. And who doesn’t want to have an advantage over the competition?
As you see, learning Arabic can bring a few advantages, especially in the job seeking sector, where competition is fierce. Regardless of your reasons, we truly support any new language learner, so feel free to check the other articles on our blog or download our Arabic learning app.