As I was walking down the Grand Bazaar Market in Istanbul, Turkey, while on holiday, I stopped to buy a cheap watch when the salesman asked if I spoke Arabic. I was surprised to hear near perfect Arabic being spoken by this salesman. He was a local Kurd and not from an Arab descent and said that Arabic was a must for him to learn. It was then when it struck me that Arabic really is a universal language with a World Wide user base.
Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the World. It is the official language in 22 countries and is also learnt as a second language by millions of people due to the influences of Islam, culture and others. I found a good article on http://www.vistawide.com/arabic/why_arabic.htm called “10 excellent reasons to study Arabic” which is worth a read if you’re wondering why you should study Arabic.
From a personal point of view, I find Arabic very rich. The vast number of words that are available and the way they are formed can deliver a very powerful and touching speech, for example, more so than if it was done in another language. If I was to compare the language to a Swiss Army Knife then it would be a fully loaded one with all the tools needed to easily provide vivid explanatory speech. Those romantic gestures that you might give to your loved one can sound even more romantic using this tool.
If you have started learning with us at ArabicPod then we urge you to continue and promise you will find the outcome rewarding, and if you are thinking of learning Arabic then all we can ask is what are you waiting for? Start downloading those podcasts and embark on a journey that will lead you to the treasure at the end of the rainbow.