Learning a new language is not an easy task - it requires commitment, dedication, and resources. In the case of Arabic language, there are even more challenges: Arabic has its unique alphabet, grammar, and morphology, and has dozens of spoken and written variations. So if you are European, American, or East Asian, then even if you know many other languages, you'll need to start from the very beginning. So, is it worth it?
Here we're providing some of the main reasons why it is useful, and even important, to learn Arabic:
1- Business: although most businesses in the world and even in the Middle East understand English, Arabic happens to be the mother tongue of one of the world's richest oil and gas regions. More than half of world's oil reserves are in Arab countries. At the very minimum, the Arab World could be an attractive market for your products.
2- Tourism: the world's earliest civilizations emerged from currently-Arab countries. If you're interested in exploring the ancient history of human civilization and to see the ancient ruins of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and other world heritage locations, learning Arabic will give you an edge.
3- Culture: Although Arabic is only the native language of some 300 million people, it's the religious language of around 1.5 billion Muslims. If you really want to know Islam and understand the Quran away from the media, learning Arabic is the only way. Also, the Arab and Muslim World in the middle ages were the world center of knowledge and culture. If you want to read the original scientific scripts written by historic names like Al-Biruni and Al-Khwarizmi (does his name ring a bell?), then Arabic is definitely worth the hard work to learn it.
4- It's an introduction to other languages in the Middle East, like other Semitic languages, Persian, Kurdish, Urdu, and others. These languages may be very different, but they share many words, at least they share the same alphabet!
5- It will make you popular! Just try to make a YouTube video in Arabic, speaking as a non-native, and see how many likes you'll get!
So, do you think it's worth it for you to speak the fifth-most spoken language in the world?
Tell us in the comments below! (We'll gladly help).