5 Indisputable Reasons Why You Should Learn Arabic

5 Indisputable Reasons Why You Should Learn Arabic

January 27, 2016 11:21 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Maybe you are not sure if learning Arabic is really for you. These five practical reasons will help you get a clear answer to why investing some time to learn Arabic is very crucial at this point.

1. Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken native language in the world.

Arabic is the official language of over 25 countries and there are well over 300 million native speakers of the language. These speakers are largely concentrated in the Middle East, but there are minority groups of native speakers throughout the world. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and the African Union.

2. Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam.

In addition to the millions of native speakers, many more millions know Arabic as a foreign language, since as the language of the Qu’ran, it is understood by Muslims throughout the world.

3. There is a high demand and low supply of Arabic-speakers in the Western world.

Relatively few Westerners ever venture to learn Arabic. With the growing importance of the Middle East in international affairs, there is thus an extreme shortage of workers in the West who are versed in Arabic language and culture. Those who study Arabic can find careers in a variety of fields: journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, translation and interpretation, consulting, and many others.

4. Knowing Arabic can promote intercultural understanding.

In addition to having limited exposure to real Arabic culture, Westerners are presented with one-dimensional negative stereotypes of Arabic-speaking peoples through the news media, Hollywood films, and other sources. At the same time, events in the Middle East affect our daily lives. Reliance on such false and superficial images can lead to mistrust and miscommunication, to an inability to cooperate, negotiate, and compromise, and perhaps even to military confrontation. Those who learn Arabic gain deeper insights into the cultural, political, and religious values that motivate people in those cultures. People who know Arabic can negotiate the cultural and linguistic gap between nations, assist in solving and avoiding intercultural conflict, and help businesses successfully engage in international trade.

5. Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade.

Initiatives to integrate the Arab world into the global economy are opening up numerous potential nw business opportunities. The Arab region with its rapidly growing population provides a huge export market for goods and services. With a GDP of over 600 billion dollars annually, the region also has much to offer the world market. In order to do business effectively, one must understand the language and culture of the people with whom one hopes to negotiate and conduct trade.

Al Khawarizmi’s Continuing Education Center opens new Arabic language courses for non-Arabic speakers.

For more information on Arabic courses at CEC, click the links below.

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