"Arabic eloquence has taken the human speech organs to the highest point ever reached by man in expressing himself by letters and words." - `Abbas Mahmud al-`Aqqad, an Egyptian scholar.
Learning a foreign language is much more than just learning to speak, read and understand the language. As language is closely linked to culture, a learner of a foreign language would develop an appreciation to its culture, art, music, literature, cuisine, and way of life. Arabic is one of the most exciting languages to learn. Here are 5 reasons why you should learn this exotic language:
1. Communicate with millions of people around the world
Arabic is the 5th most spoken language of the world. It is spoken by more than 350 million native speakers. Arabic is also one of the six official working languages of the United Nations.
2. Rich in Culture and History
Arabs have their own unique art, music, literature, cuisine, and way of life. You may have tried some Arab dishes, such as hummus or falafel, or enjoyed some Arabic music. In learning Arabic, you will explore the Arabic world, you will learn to appreciate its distinct cultural products and practices and you will come to understand some of the values important to the Arab people, such as honour, dignity, hospitality and many others.
When travelling to the Middle East there are many things you can enjoy; from riding camels while gazing at the pyramids in Egypt to taking a dip in the Dead Sea in Jordan and viewing the buildings in Dubai. Most importantly, when walking through the streets, knowing basic Arabic will surely break some barriers, because as soon as you utter a few words of Arabic in front of a native speaker, they will be delighted and eager to assist you in any way possible.
4. Exciting Language
With the deeply entrenched root system, learning Arabic can be a great joy. For example, if you know that Kharaja means “to exit” in Arabic, then it will be easy to deduce that Khaarij means “outside” and Makhraj means “exit”.
5. Arabic & Islam
Islam as one of the major religions in the world has a very strong connection with the Arabic language, which is considered the language of the religion. Muslims both Arab and non-Arabs speak and study this language. Learning Arabic promotes tolerance and understanding towards the religion and the culture.
“I was really glad that I had the opportunity to learn Arabic. It was both interesting and challenging to learn the language and was a class I looked forward to every week. Learning Arabic has also allowed me to gain a better understanding of Arab culture and let me meet new friends who too share an interest in Arabic.” - Zhang Xiatong
“Learning Arabic has helped me to also understand another culture and helped me to appreciate the beautiful alphabets and language. With kind Teachers, they make learning the language fun and engaging. Take up the Arabic course if you want a unique experience! “ - Joy Tay Yi Lie