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Historically the language of mathematics, science, and engineering, Arabic is now spoken by around 422 million people across the 22 countries in Western Asia, the Horn of Africa, and northern Africa which together constitute the Arab League. Today, this Semitic language is the tongue of one of the largest religions in the world and, as such, is considered sacred. The countries where it is spoken have strong and distinct cultural identities, though they are united by their common language.
While there are multiple vernacular forms of Arabic, all speakers use and understand Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). This form - a younger daughter of Classical Arabic, in which the Qur’an is written - is used in national and international media, politics, and the arts, and serves as a lingua franca for the diverse peoples of the Arab world. Wherever you learn Arabic, you’ll cover MSA in your lessons unless you select otherwise, allowing you to communicate with Arabic speakers all around the globe. In Cairo it’s also possible to study Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA), the most widely-spoken Arabic dialect, and in Rabat you can study Maghrebi Arabic (also called ‘Darija’) if you prefer. In Dubai, since our Arabic courses will take place in the teacher’s home, you can cover what you want at your own pace!
What we consider today to be the Arab world is the cradle of various ancient civilisations and, as such, is an area that has long been of great cultural importance. The Mesopotamians and Sumerians, for example, were responsible for mathematical concepts like the 24-hour day, the 60-minute hour, and the seven-day week, while the ancient Egyptians were responsible for unparalleled advances in medicine and agriculture. Later civilisations, specifically the successive Caliphates which spread through Europe and Western Asia during the Middle Ages, were instrumental in founding early concepts of science, mathematics, and philosophy.
It’s not just Arabic civilisations which have been of significance. Many global languages have been influenced by Arabic, and the worldwide numeral system comes from a Western Arabic dialect. Because of its widespread usage, Arabic has been one of the United Nations’ official working languages since 1973 and thus is instrumental in the operation of this global organisation. When you learn Arabic with us, you’ll get the chance to not only study this interesting and influential language, but also to find out more about the multifaceted nature of modern Arabic culture. For example, it is from Morocco that traditional Islamic architecture originated, and these colourful and intricate styles are emblematic of the vibrant and artistic nature of the Moroccan people. Egypt is a powerhouse of Arabic-language media and music, and its culture is heavily affected by its iconic ancestry. The UAE, meanwhile, is a hub of traditional Arabic society and is thus an excellent location to find out more about this while you enjoy the capital’s modernity and opulence. Wherever you choose to study, your Arabic course is sure to be an unforgettable immersive experience.
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