Why Study Arabic?
- Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken native language in the world. Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries with well over 300 million native speakers. It is also the official language in the UN, the Arab League, The Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the African Union.
- Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam, the faith of over 1 billion followers. Therefore, millions know Arabic as a second language because it is the language of the holy book of Islam, the Quran.
- Arabic speakers are in high demand and low supply in the western world. With the growing importance of the Middle East in international affairs, there is an extreme shortage of workers in the west who are versed in the Arabic language and culture. Speaking Arabic increases job opportunities for careers in a variety of fields: journalism, business, industry, education, finance, translation, consulting, and foreign services.
- There are financial incentives for learning Arabic. The U.S. government has designated Arabic as a language of strategic importance. Arabic students benefit from numerous scholarships and supported learning opportunities including support for language courses from beginning to advanced levels, study abroad programs, intensive instruction, teacher exchange, and professional development.
- Arabic speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade. The Arab region, with its rapidly growing population, provides a huge export market for goods and services.
- Learning Arabic would increase international understanding and promote global communication. Only 9.3% of Americans are fluent in English and another language--compared to 52% of Europeans fluent in their native language in addition to at least one more language.
These are but a few of the reasons why learning Arabic is the best complement to any student’s education. Benefits of Arabic can hardly be overstated.