Interesting Facts About The Arabic Language
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Arabic most commonly known as the language of Allah and Muhammad by Muslims, is spoken by more than 200 million people worldwide. Arabic speakers are spread across the globe in more than 27 Nations. Arabs believe that Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur’an. It is true that the Holy Quran has preserv
ed Arabic in its purest form in the opinion of Muslims. Arabic is one of the fastest-growing languages in the world, with a script that reads from right to left with an alphabet having 28 consonants. Currently, words of Arabic origin are found in some of the most common European languages like Spanish and Portuguese. Also, the Arabic language originates from a language known in the literature as Proto-Semitic.
Today, the Arabic language is one of the most in-demand languages Worldwide. Here are some of the most interesting facts about the Arabic language:
1. All Arabic words come from a root word.
Most of the Arabic words follow a systematic root where a word is usually manipulated to convey a variety of different meanings. For instance, the same root word k-t-b meaning write can be manipulated to Aktubu meaning ‘I write’, Taktubu meaning ‘You write’, Kaatib meaning ‘writer’, Maktoob meaning ‘written’, Maktaba meaning ‘library’.
2. Arabic is one of the most read languages.
Arabic is the language of the Quran, and most of the Muslims read and also write the language globally. Arabic is the fifth most spoken language worldwide and is used as the official language in 26 Nations. It is also one of the six languages recognized by the United Nations.
3. Arabic Script follows an abjad.
Unlike the English script, the Arabic alphabet, also known as Arabic abjad, is written from right to left and has 28 letters.
4. Arabic and Hebrew have a lot in common.
Hebrew and Arabic are both Semitic languages. Both Hebrew and Arabic are impure abjads; they both have a distinctive negation marker.
5. Arabic is at least 1,500 years old.
The Arabic language originated in the sixth century. However, Arabic traces back to the first century.
6. Arabic has additional features.
Arabic has some extra letters that are used in Arabic to write place names and foreign words. These words contain sounds which do not appear in the Standard Arabic, such as /p/ or /g/.