Arabic as a second language

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Learning a new language and developing the speaking skills required for it will be a tremendous benefit. There may of course be any given reason why someone would seek to learn and develop the skills associated with a new language; be it for business, travel, a job interview, a Religious reason, a Cultural reason, or even just a more general goal of learning something new that can be used for pleasure such as on holiday, or to make friends.

Why it`s important to learn Arabic

Arabic therefore, makes for an important language to develop due to the wide use of it; Arabic is the official language of the 22 countries that form the Arab League. There are more than 400 million Arabic speakers across the world, though they predominantly live in the region stretching across the Middle East and North Africa. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations (UN).

A study of Arabic opens up endless possibilities and opportunities for those who embark upon it. A rich and sophisticated language, it is both challenging and rewarding to learn. A knowledge of Arabic is instrumental to gaining a real understanding of the peoples, societies and politics of the Arab world, and accessing a range of employment opportunities in the region’s finance, media and commercial sectors. As its social, political and commercial importance increases, demand to learn Arabic is set to grow.

Learning Arabic opens a lot of doors for you
A good understanding of Arabic can lead to a job in the diplomatic service or security forces, media and communications, finance and banking, the oil and gas sectors.

Arabic is in great demand and there’s a shortage of well-qualified speakers

You gain vital language skills when you learn Arabic. It is easier to learn French or Spanish and these languages will allow you to travel or work in various countries, especially in Europe. However, you have more competition because there are more learners and speakers of these languages. If you learn Arabic, you are sure that there would be a great demand for your language skills as the supply is scarce. Further, if you learn Mandarin Chinese for example, your career focus would only be in a few countries, whereas if you learn Arabic, your opportunities are wider as the language is spoken in 58 countries, in 27 of it Arabic is the Official language 

you’ll have an edge over competition even if you are in the West. The demand for people fluent in Arabic is quite high and only a few people from the West attempt to learn Arabic. The secret services in the U.S. need people who are fluent speakers of Arabic. There are many businesses, including translating and interpreting that need Arabic speakers. Other fields that need Arabic speakers include intelligence and foreign service, consulting, banking and finance, education and journalism.

Are you a business man?

If you are planning to join a trading firm, an import-export company or engage in business yourself, many opportunities are available in the Arab nations. Its population is growing and with a huge GDP, it is a prime market for export of services and goods. Learning Arabic and the culture of the people who speak the language will make it easier for you to negotiate and conduct business.

Learn another language easily

When you know Arabic, you’ll be able to have an easier time learning other languages spoken in the region, such as Farsi or Persian, Turkish, Urdu and even Hebrew. Most of the vocabularies of these languages are derived from and similar to Arabic words so you will be able to quickly grasp the semantic and grammatical concepts of the other languages.

Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam

You’ll be able to understand Islam better if you’re able to read the Quran and understand its teachings, unlike other religious books, the Quran cannot be translated into any other language, but its meanings can only be translated.

So if you are Muslim or you are interesting in Islam it will be so helpful for you to learn Arabic.

Moreover, the Arabic language itself is part of Islam, and knowing Arabic is an obligatory duty. If it is a duty to understand the Quran and Sunnah, and they cannot be understood without knowing Arabic, then the means that is needed to fulfil the duty is also obligatory.

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