Arabic

ARABIC

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Arabic is one of the most popular languages in the world. It has more than 300 million speakers, is official in more than 20 countries and co-official in at least 6 others. Experts consider it one of the oldest languages and is sacred to the Islamic world as the language of the Qur’an. It uses its own writing system in which it writes from right to left. It also has an alphabet consisting of 28 letters in which there are no capital letters.

It is a macro-language belonging to the South Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. It originates from the nomadic tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. Due to the way of life of its speakers, there was a great dispersion and growth of the language. This gave rise to the different dialect groups and varieties that exist today. However, the 7th century was a key period in the expansion of the language. As a result of the conquests they were able to reach North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula and eastern China.

In 1973, the United Nations General Assembly declared it the sixth official language of the organisation.

Some consider Arabic not a language as such, but rather the matrix from which many of its dialectal varieties emerge, and that the only recognised official language is the standard or classical Fusha. Some linguists consider it a dead language, seeing that literature and teaching are its sole means of transmission

THE DIGLOSSIA PHENOMENON

Standard Arabic is the official language in government, education, media and literature. It is also present in university theses, in political debates, in the written press and in radio and television news. However, in social or other types of broadcasts, local Arabic is more common. Today, the vast majority of the population understands and speaks Standard Arabic to a greater or lesser extent. The same goes for Egyptian Arabic, which has spread throughout the Arab world thanks to songs, films and TV series.

As a result, diglossia occurs: a phenomenon where the same language has two basic varieties that coexist in the same space, but are used in different contexts. This results in words and terms that can continually shift from the standard to the local language and vice versa. Expressions of both can sometimes be mixed.

Apart from these dialectal varieties, there are also languages such as Maltese, the official language in Malta alongside English and one of the official languages of the European Union. Maltese has developed as a distinct language for political and religious reasons. However, it is a Semitic language deriving from Maghrebi Arabic, using Latin characters and heavily influenced by Sicilian, English and other European languages.

ARABIC AND TRANSLATION

In addition, Arabic translation is of great importance today when it comes to establishing business relations. Trade in the Arab world is continuously developing. Not to mention their activity in the energy market with the export of oil and natural gas.

Technological development and the increased use of the Internet for commercial or informational purposes has also opened up an important field for translation. Any web content has to be translated to facilitate its dissemination among Arabic speakers.

On the other hand, at the national level, translation is also of vital importance when establishing diplomatic relations with other countries. The same is true in the geopolitical and military sphere, where constant intercultural communication is necessary.

WHERE IS ARABIC SPOKEN?

Arabic is an official language in Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

 Countries such as Chad, Comoros, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti have Arabic as a co-official language, and in Israel it is a recognised minority language. In addition, Arabic is an official language in the African Union, the Arab League, the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

 

 

How can LinguaTrans help you?

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• Arabic translation

• Arabic sworn translation

• Arabic transcribing

• Arabic subtitles

• Arabic proofreading

• Arabic voice-over

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