Facts about the Arabic Language

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Arabic Semitic language is fairly closely related to, for instance, Hebrew language and the Aramaic language spoken throughout Arab world and widely known outside it.

It has been a literary language for over 1500 years, and is the liturgical language Islam.

The term Modern Standard Arabic is sometimes used in the West to refer to the language of the media as opposed to the language of “Classical” Arabic literature; Arabs make no such distinction, and regard the two as identical.

The expressions Arabic and Classical Arabic usually refer to the pure Arabic language which is, according to Arabic speakers, both the language of present-day media across North Africa and the Middle East (from Morocco to Iraq) and the language of the Qur’an.

The Arabic alphabet derives from the Aramaic script (which variety, Nabataean or Syriac, is a matter of scholarly dispute), to which it bears a loose resemblance like that of Coptic or Cyrillic script to Greek script.

Spoken in: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank, Yemen by a majority, many other countries as a minority language.

Region: Arab world.

Total speakers: 225 million (Ethnologue, native speakers of all dialects)

Statistics:
– Egypt- 65,410,000
– Algeria – 32,129,324
– Morocco – 18,858,000
– Iraq – 18,290,150
– Sudan – 15,000,000
– Yemen – 14,681,000
– Saudi Arabia – 26,417,599
– Syria – 11,470,000
– Tunisia – 9,000,500
– Jordan – 5,650,000
– Libya – 4,200,000
– Lebanon – 3,900,000
– Palestine – 3,000,000
– Mauritania – 1,800,000
– Iran – 1,400,000
– France – 1,365,700
– Oman – 1,241,000
– Argentina – 1,000,000
– Israel – 1,000,000
– Libya – 1,000,000
– Turkey – 1,000,000
– United Arab Emirates – 925,000
– Kuwait – 805,000
– Chad – 754,590
– Bahrain – 677,886
– Niger – 277,400
– Netherlands – 220,000
– Eritrea – 218,000
– Tanzania – 195,000
– United Stats – 193,520
– Belgium – 124,700
– Mali – 106,100
– Qatar – 103,000
– Nigeria – 100,000
– Germany – 96,200
– Cameroon – 63,600
– Central Africa – 63,000
– Kenya – 35,000
– Canada – 28,550
– Afghanistan – 10,000
– Italy – 5,000
– Senegal – 5,000
– United Kingdom – 4,000
– Dominican Republic – 3,000
– Trinidad and Tobago – 2,600
– Jamaica – 2,000
– Tajikistan – 2,000
– Cyprus – 1,300
– French Guiana – 800
– India – 500

– Total – 242,806,429

Classification: Afro-Asiatic | Semitic