Arabic (/ˈærəbɪk/;Arabic: العَرَبِية, al-ʻarabiyyah [alʕaraˈbijja] or Arabic: عربي ,عربى ʻarabī [ˈʕarabiː]) is the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century and its modern descendants excluding Maltese. Arabic is spoken in a wide arc stretching across Western Asia, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. Arabic belongs to the Afroasiatic family.

The literary language, called Modern Standard Arabic or Literary Arabic, is the only official form of Arabic. It is used in most written documents as well as in formal spoken occasions, such as lectures and news broadcasts.

Arabic is a Central Semitic language, closely related to Aramaic, Hebrew, Ugaritic and Phoenician. Standard Arabic is distinct from and more conservative than all of the spoken varieties, and the two exist in a state known as diglossia, used side-by-side for different societal functions.

Some of the spoken varieties are mutually unintelligible, both written and orally, and the varieties as a whole constitute a sociolinguistic language. This means that on purely linguistic grounds they would likely be considered to constitute more than one language, but are commonly grouped together as a single language for political or religious reasons (see below). If considered multiple languages, it is unclear how many languages there would be, as the spoken varieties form a dialect chain with no clear boundaries. If Arabic is considered a single language, it is perhaps spoken by as many as 422 million speakers (native and non-native) in the Arab world, making it one of the six most-spoken languages in the world. If considered separate languages, the most-spoken variety would most likely be Egyptian Arabic with 89 million native speakers—still greater than any other Afroasiatic language. Arabic also is a liturgical language of 1.6 billion Muslims. It is one of six official languages of the United Nations.

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'We Read for Children': Kalima Book Club to dedicate rest of July to outer space

The National 13 Jul 2020
... Police Academy, reading Don't Follow Me by Eun Hong Jung on Friday, July 24, and Mezna Najeeb, Emirati student and the winner of the 2019 Arab Reading Challenge, taking participants on a "journey throughout space" with a story by Seung-Yoon Kang on Friday, July 31....

'We Read for Children': Kalima Reading Club to dedicate rest of July to outer space

The National 13 Jul 2020
... Police Academy, reading Don't Follow Me by Eun Hong Jung on Friday, July 24, and Mezna Najeeb, Emirati student and the winner of the 2019 Arab Reading Challenge, taking participants on a "journey throughout space" with a story by Seung-Yoon Kang on Friday, July 31....

Indonesian student holds international model UN conference on refugees

The Jakarta Post 13 Jul 2020
The event, called Kaleidoscope Model United Nations (KSMUN), was held by video conference from July 11 to 12 and was attended by more than 70 students from seven countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Canada, Nigeria, South Africa and India....

How 'Arabs Got Talent' singer Jennifer Grout is making a comeback with Quran recitations

The National 12 Jul 2020
However, Grout, who took a break from music for a few years following Arabs Got Talent, is making headlines again ... She first came across Tarab – a genre of Arabic music usually associated with vocal music that gets its name from the concept of enchantment – as a student of classical music and she was hooked....

Saudi TikTok users weigh in on potential app ban

Arab News 12 Jul 2020
Rania Mohammed, a fourth year medical student at Dar AlUloom University in Riyadh, said that TikTok was “the only thing keeping her sane” as she struggled with the pressures of school and quarantine. “As a med school student, my attention span and free time are both severely limited,” she told Arab News....

Experts discuss uniform curriculum across Pakistan at webinar

Dawn 12 Jul 2020
Nayyar said he found the religious instruction in the new curriculum that the government is working on rather “cumbersome” for students ... But the other school students will have trouble studying religion in depth. For instance, at primary level students also must study hadith in Arabic with meaning,” he pointed out....

A family scarred by online learning!

Gulf News 12 Jul 2020
... including those, that one would imagine, practically beg for student-teacher interaction ... I give thanks for those hours, when teachers, such as my son’s Arabic teacher, plods through live classes, asking each student a question and encouraging them to speak in the language....

Abu Dhabi students volunteer to help displaced children continue their learning

Gulf News 11 Jul 2020
When ERC pointed out the need to help these children fill up gaps in their education, we were happy to assist,” said Raeda Faisal, an Arabic teacher at the school. Since November, 35 students displaced from Syria and Palestine have been offered lessons in core subjects like English, Math, Arabic, Science, Islamic and Sign Language....

Rajput calls Dingell ‘progressive in name only’ in 12th District congressional debate

Michigan Live 11 Jul 2020
“I care deeply about the 12th District, from the people Downriver to the working men and women, the people in the auto plants of Dearborn, the Arab Americans that I represent in Dearborn to the students at the University of Michigan, the innovators,” she said, adding she tries to bring everybody together....

Foreign students must not be barred from US universities

Gulf News 10 Jul 2020
The source of the rancour is a US government order revoking visas for foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus ... Among them are also thousands of students from the UAE, other Gulf states and the Arab world ... International students enrich the ......

Rockledge Students Douglas and George Dyer to Study Russian on U.S. Department of State NSLI-Y Scholarship

Space Coast Daily 10 Jul 2020
These two students, competitively selected from approximately 3,000 applicants from across the United States, are two of approximately 500 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish this summer as part of the virtual exchange....

UAE launches virtual summer course for budding YouTube stars

The National 10 Jul 2020
Taught by expert instructors, students will also be given tips and advice on how to read algorithms to help make their content reach the masses across different social networks. There will be five identical courses – two in Arabic and three in English – each of which will cater to just 20 students to ensure more one-on-one time with course leaders ... ....

Can STEM education guarantee job security in the Middle East?

Arab News 09 Jul 2020
Students are drawn to the futuristic skills they see as fun and engaging,” he said ... It uses a “futuristic school” model that offers a range of learning options, in English and Arabic, that students can work through at their own pace, including hands-on projects, private lessons, semester-long classes and educational holiday camps....

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