Let’s put a pause to the learning shall we? Today is all about the fun facts about the Arabic language.
Trust us: There are plenty of facts about Arabic.
Is Arabic the most complete language in the world? Maybe. But there is a plethora of secrets of the Arabic language that will certainly shock you to the core.
Don’t worry, this is not an Arabic language history lesson and we are not getting into how old the Arabic language is. We will simply have a look at the beauty of the Arabic language.
Are you ready? So are we.
Arabic is known as the language of the /d’aad’/ /ض/ and this is because it is the only language in the world that has that sound. Of course, Arabic is a Semitic language that is currently spoken by 313 million people by far. Big number, right?
It is special in other ways too. Every language is part of a family of languages and Arabic happens to be part of the Afroasiatic family. Of course, it takes the lead in being the most spoken language in its group.
Did you know that so many English words actually originate from the Arabic language? Words like coffee, cotton, giraffe, lemon, mattress and many others. But of course, Arabic didn’t stop there. There is much influence made on European languages such as French and Spanish. Kaleela has a full article on this where you can find out more the effect of Arabic on these European languages here.
However, it doesn’t stop there.
In fact, Arabic has influenced many Asian languages. Take Japanese, for example. The word “you” is pronounced /Anata/ and is actually /Anta/ or /Anti/ – for female – in Arabic. Although the Japanese version is used when speaking to a group of women, it is not far from the Arabic version of that too. In Arabic, we use /Antun/ to refer to the ladies. Close enough.
Also, the word /Deki/ is very close to the Arabic version of it /Thaki/. You guessed it: They both mean smart.
It definitely doesn’t stop there. Some languages, such as Chinese, were affected by English, which was initially affected by Arabic. It is almost like a second generation kind of effect if you wish. For example, the word coffee is pronounced /kāfēi/ in Chinese. And we all know where coffee came from: Arabic.
Not to mention, the best coffee in the world is Arabic too.
Many people tend to suffer from the issue of having to capitalize correctly. You will not suffer from this issue with Arabic because there is no capitalization in the first place. Yes, you read that correctly.
In fact, Arabic uses a form of quotation marks instead of capital letters to in order to emphasize appropriately and as needed.
We all know that you slowly fall in love, one stage at a time. But did you know that there are 14 words that describe every step of falling in love? That’s 14 more reasons to fall in love with the Arabic language itself.
Everything from the first look, to the tingly feelings and butterflies in your stomach to the blind love that we keep singing about, Arabic has a word for it.
Unlike many languages, Arabic is actually formed from the three main sounds /k/, /t/, and /b/. Each of them are the root form of every word. They are the template and everything else is formed around them. For example, the word /Kataba/, meaning he wrote, is the root form for /Darasa/, meaning he studied. This same template is changeable to fit all the other words in the Arabic language.
For example, /Darasa/ can turn into /Derasa/ which means studies and it falls under the template /Ketaba/.
Of course, writing all the secrets and beauty of the Arabic language in a short list will never do it justice. But we wanted to share these super cool facts about Arabic to give you a little more motivation to study this amazing language.
There is always more to know.