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Interesting Facts about the Arabic Language
Arabic is the sixth mostly widely spoken language in the world; the five before it are Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish and Russian. It is a Semitic language sharing origins with Hebrew and Amharic. It is the language of daily life for people in Morocco to southwestern Iran. Arabic is also the liturgical language of Muslims in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Although the Arabic language can be viewed as a unifier of the diverse societies of North Africa and the Middle East, disparate dialects can make it virtually impossible for someone from Egypt, let’s say, to understand another from Morocco. Differences abound still when comparing the daily language of urban, rural and nomadic people. However, the Arabic used in the press and the mass media is standardized, enabling mass communication throughout the region. Arabic is rare because it is a diglossia, a language that exists almost as two separate languages. Colloquial Arabic is learned at home and is the first language learned by most people. This form varies widely from place to place in the Arabic speaking world. In public and educational life, Modern Arabic is learned and used. This form of the language is based on Quranic, or Classical Arabic. Provinces in Arabia had different dialects of Arabic. Because the prophet Mohamed belonged to the Quraish tribe the Quran (Koran) was written in Quraish Arabic. Therefore, Quranic Arabic (which is originally Quraish Arabic) became the language of the press, TV, radio, official writings, teaching, etc. Quraish was an urban tribe, living in Mecca. It was one of the biggest and richest Arab tribes in Arabia. This form of Arabic is used in most public discourse and for written communication, while Colloquial Arabic is used orally in less formal situations.
Arabic Language Statistics
- Approximately 246 million people speak Arabic as their first language.
- Arabic is the liturgical language of nearly 1 billion people worldwide.
- Approximately 12 million Arabic speakers have access to and use the Internet, which represents over 1.6% of the global online population.
- Literacy throughout the Middle East varies greatly country to country, ranging from 40.5% (Iraq) to 91% (Jordan).
Translation Issues with Arabic
Arabic translation typically expands 30% in size from English.
Not all applications support Arabic text and great care must be taken when using Arabic in complex layouts. Some applications use different encodings, which complicates data transfer from one application/OS to another. For example, it is not possible to send/receive Arabic emails or IMs using AOL software. Due to encoding/font difficulties and the bi-directional nature of Arabic, simple operations, such as copying, pasting or printing, can become a nightmare for a novice.
Displaying Arabic text in applications that don’t support it is virtually impossible. Specialized expertise and techniques are required. Typically, applications localized specifically for use with Arabic must be used.
There are certain hyphenation and line breaking rules that have to be followed. Although in most cases the rules are straightforward, some words can pose serious difficulties if your desktop publishing/word processing department does not have the right expertise.
For typesetting, an Arabic keyboard (onscreen or a separate keyboard) is necessary, unless the person typesetting can do it using a blind method. Before starting to typeset, Arabic support must be installed and activated. An Arabic keyboard layout can be viewed on the Microsoft website.
Multilingual web pages containing Arabic raise display problems in addition to input problems. Newer browsers have built-in support for bi-directional languages, enabling the text to flow correctly from right to left. However, older browsers may not have any support and will garble the Arabic text. We recommend using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, version 5.0 or higher and Netscape version 6.0 or higher. Be sure all Arabic support is installed before trying to browse Arabic language pages.
Desktop publishing applications will need to support bi-directional text (not just right-to-left), in order to support Arabic. Arabic will typically contain a mix of right-to-left and left-to-right text flow. Lack of support for this feature will disrupt the grammar and cause misspellings.
Arabic Language Vital Information
Speaking Population: 246 Million
Where Spoken: Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan have Arabic as their primary official language. Arabic is also the Islamic liturgical language worldwide.
Writing Systems: Arabic alphabet
Code Pages: Windows-1256, win-1251 CP-1256
Unicode Supported: Yes
Common Phrases: (phonetic pronunciations in parentheses)
Good-bye: (Ma’a al Salama)
Please: (Etha Samaht)
Thank you: (Shukran)