Where is Arabic spoken today?

  • Arabic is today spoken by more than 390 million people in the Arab World, and it is an official language in 22 countries.
  • Arabic is also an important language in many countries bordering on the Arab World, like Mali, Niger, Chad, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia. There are also Arabic-speaking populations in parts of southern Turkey and southwestern Iran.
  • With the migration of Arab nationals to countries outside of the Arab World, the Arabic language has spread to practically all corners of the Earth.
  • Arabic has held the status of official language at the United Nations since 1974.
  • Being the language of the Quran, Arabic is highly respected across the Muslim world. Many non-Arab Muslim children begin learning Arabic at early age, to enable them to read and understand the Quran.
Muslim population worldwide are also related to Arabic language

Arabic Language Day - 18th of December each Year

With an estimated 390 million speakers, Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations, as well as the liturgical language of 1.6 billion Muslims. Being one of the only modern languages to be written and read in a right-to-left form, Arabic is a fascinating language with a long history. For all of these reasons and many more, we can all agree that Arabic is more than deserving of its very own day.

 

Although the Arabic language is the language of Islam, it dates back over one hundred years further than the religion. The earliest Arabic inscriptions were created in the early 6th century AD. Arabic was originally based mainly on the Aramaic alphabet that was then modified and adapted over many years to finally become its very own, distinct language.

 

Arabic Language Day was established in 2010 by UNESCO to promote cultural understanding and to highlight Arabic as one of the most important languages in the world. Today, there are three different types of Arabic: Classical; Modern Standard Arabic, the last of which is used in publishing, education and the media across the Arab world. Colloquial Arabic, an everyday dialect, is also used in different regions and has numerous variations.

 


UNESCO celebration of Arabic Language Day in 2015

Link for UNESCO site for Arabic Language Day

Arabic Language in Canada

For information on the demography of Arab community in Canada, please check below links (and any related updates) from Statistics Canada:

 

www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-621-x/89-621-x2007009-eng.htm

 

With a high interest from different communities that they or their next generation learn Arabic their are numerous way to do so, taking into consideration that methods mentioned below are not a recommendation but just as examples.

 

Some universities offer official Arabic Language Courses

https://carleton.ca/slals/modern-languages/arabic/

www.dal.ca/faculty/arts/arabic-studies.html

www.uottawa.ca/academic/info/regist/calendars/programs/1411.html

www.concordia.ca/academics/undergraduate/modern-arabic.html

arabic.dlll.laps.yorku.ca

www.queensu.ca/llcu/arabic

https://uwaterloo.ca/renison/news/canadas-first-intensive-academic-arabic-language-program-set

learn.utoronto.ca/courses-programs/languages-translation/courses/arabic

www1.uwindsor.ca/languages/arabic-studies-minor

 

Private Sectors and Internet Sites offer Arabic Language Classes

Several private sector entities offer classes of Arabic Language either through full attendance or online. Individuals would select the appropriate way for them to learn as well evaluating their own experience at different levels of learning. Simply by searching the internet on how to learn Arabic numerous websites will be displayed.

Arabic Letters and Calligraphy

Numerous sites give the basic shape of the Arabic letters and its pronunciation. It is highly advised that these letters in their simplest form be studied before starting the art of Arabic calligraphy which combines the shape of the letters with artistic touches that may make the letter seems different from its original shape.

 

Each letter can have an additional small sign linked to it (top or bottom) that would add an additional sound of vowel (that sounds like the French Language vowels of "o", "a" or "i")

 

Examples of sites that inform about the basic letters shapes and pronunciation are:

 

web.stanford.edu/dept/lc/arabic/alphabet/

 

www.arabic-keyboard.org/arabic/arabic-alphabet.php

 

Examples of Arabic Calligraphy

 

Other Keywords of Interest for Internet Search

 

ملتقى القاهرة الدولي لفن الخط العربي

 

Kids Corner

Several successful projects for Arabic Language learning are available on the internet, where one of the most important projects is the Arabic version of Sesame Street entitled Alam Simsim (عالم سمسم).

Similar projects could be searched on the internet in order to assess the suitability of content and learning approach for the recipients.