The UNESCO describes Arabic as “a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity.” Poetic, protean, and expressive, the Arabic language travels worldwide.
In 1973, the United Nations adopted Arabic as its sixth official language because of how widely spoken in the world, and since 2012, on the 18 of December, the world celebrates the Arabic language on that day!
So on the UN World Arabic Language Day, here are 5 interesting facts about our rich and versatile mother tongue! We bet these facts will make you proud to speak Arabic or make you want to learn it.
There are around 22 to 26 countries in which Arabic is the official language
Yes, you heard that correctly; Arabic is one of the most popular languages worldwide! Seeing that Arabic is focused in a part of the world witnessing a heavy boom in business developments, it plays a necessary tool for the business part of the world.
Arabic is the 6th most-spoken language worldwide
Excuse me say that again? Arabic is the official language of 22 to 26 countries, including its collection of dialects. The estimated number for native speakers is 245 million, and for non-native speakers, 29 million. So be proud to speak Arabic!
Mohammed is the most common name in Arabic (+150 million people)
We all know a Mohamed or Muhamad, or Mohamad, even non-Arabic speakers in the West, and there is a reason behind it. It is the most common name in the language.
Egypt’s Ministry of Health ranked the name Mohammed first, among birth names registered in 2018, which amounted to 198,810 statistically proven.
There are 11 words for love
El 7ob (Love) is not just reserved for your significant other or romantic partner. Love is a grander feeling that can be expressed in different ways. Arabic speakers know a lot about love and the importance of communicating it. Show off and learn the 11 words for Love in Arabic. We bet you will impress a lot of people and realize how rich and expressive our language is.
Arabic has no capital letters
It might not be a surprise. In Arabic, the letters may differ in shape depending on where they are in the word (beginning, middle, or end). The letter extends to attach to the next one. So there are no actual capital letters, but the shapes stretch depending on the position.