The Arabic language
The Arabic language is a unifying feature of the Arab World. Though there are a multitude of local dialects of Arabic, so called standard classical language is common to all. Arabic is spoken by about 200 million people, from Morocco to Iraq, and as far south as Somalia and Sudan. As the language of the Koran (Qur´an), the Holy book of Islam, Arabic is considered to be the first language in Muslim states throughout the world. The Arabic language originated in what we now call Saudi Arabia in pre-Islamic times, and spread rapidly across the Middle East.
The languages of northern India, Turkey, Iran, Portugal, and Spain are full of words of Arabic origin. Modern Arabic varies significantly from country to country, differing as much as, say Spanish does from Portuguese. Classical written Arabic has, however, changed little over the centuries. Arabic ranks sixth in the world´s league table of most widely spoken languages. There are many dialects of Arabic. Classical Arabic – was originally the dialect of Mecca in what is now Saudi Arabia. An adapted form of this, known as Modern Standard Arabic, is used in books, newspapers, on television and radio, in the mosques, and in conversation between educated Arabs from different countries. Local dialects vary, and a Moroccan might have difficulty understanding an Iraqi, even though they speak the same language.
"AMBergh Education offers courses in Modern Standard Arabic, as well as colloquial Arabic in many locations, all year round, at all levels."
Is Arabic difficult?
Yes - and no. Learning Arabic certainy takes time and practice but there few grammatical irregularities. It´s much less complicated than Latin, and probably simpler than German, too.
Learning vocabulary may initially be challenging. In most European languages there are many words which resemble those in English. Arabic has very few, but it becomes easier once you have mastered a few essential roots.
Arabic has many regional dialects. If you want to master one of these, the only really effective way is to spend some time in the Middle East or North Africa, wherever that dialect is spoken. For general purposes – such as reading or listening to radio - it´s best to concentrate on Modern Standard Arabic.
Enjoy this beautiful language!