Why learn Arabic?
10 great reasons to start learning Arabic
Are you considering learning Arabic? But you are not sure why it might
be beneficial? In addition to the
reasons why everyone should learn a language
, here are 10 solid
reasons why Arabic might be an excellent choice for you.
1. Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken native language in the
Arabic is the official language of over 20 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, foreign service
and intelligence, and many others. Only 1 % of the United States 12,000
FBI agents have any knowledge of Arabic at all, and this includes
those who know only a few words.
4. There are financial incentives for learning Arabic.
The US government has designated Arabic as a language of strategic
importance. The National Strategic Language Initiative instituted
in 2006 promotes the learning of Arabic (and other languages deemed
critical) among Americans through numerous
scholarships and supported learning opportunities
. These include
support for language courses from beginning to advanced levels, study
abroad programs, intensive instruction opportunities, teacher exchanges,
and professional development.
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.
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