20 Things You Didn't Know About the Arabic Language

Updated: Dec 18, 2021

Before proceding to learn 20 amazing facts about Arabic, you can watch this video about:

  • The ancient history of Arabic language even before Arabic became in its common form.

  • The development of Arabic writing.

  • The phonological and syntax structure of Arabic as a proto-Semitic language.

  • The use of dotting, short and long vowels in Arabic.

  • The sentence structure in Arabic.

  • The different types of Arabic today: Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, and Spoken Arabic dialects, and exactly what each entails; the pros and cons. Which one to learn and why.

And now, it's time for 20 amazing facts about Arabic!

1. Arabic is spoken by around 315 million people, ranking it as the 5th most spoken language in the whole world after Mandarin, Spanish, English and Hindi! It's the official language in 25 countries. It is one of the 6 official language of the United Nations. It is also the language of the Quran, the holly book for 1.8 billion Muslims.

2. Many of the most popular or spoken languages in the world have Arabic influence, such as English, Spanish, Indonesian, French, Persian, Urdu, Kurdish, Bengali, Hindu, Malay, Tagalog, Portuguese and Turkish. Think of the English words cotton, sugar, algebra, and alchemy. They are derived from the Arabic words "qutn", "sukkar", "al jabr", and "al kimya". In Hindu for example, "Lekin", which means "but" is derived from Arabic. The Spanish word "taza" or "cup" also has Arabic roots.