Translation into Arabic
Arabic is the primary language of the Middle East, and of some of the great oil-producing countries of that region of the world. Arabic is also the main language for the tourism sector in Northern African Countries. Arabic is very widespread, and is spoken in a large variety of countries and a number of different fields.
Arabic Around the World
Estimates in recent years place the number of inhabitants of countries that officially speak Arabic at more than 437 million people. These countries are mainly found in Africa, on the northernmost part of the continent from Mauritania to Somalia, and on through to Algeria, Egypt and Sudan, to name just a few. The Comoros, isolated in the Indian Ocean, also has Arabic as its official language.
The countries of the Middle East are essentially Arabic-speaking. This geographical zone includes Syria, Israel, Oman as well as Arab League Countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and North Yemen.
In addition to the inhabitants of these countries, some minorities abroad around the world have swelled the ranks of Arabic speakers throughout the world. This is the case in North America (the United States and Canada) and in Europe (principally in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands). Other states with significant Arabic speaking communities include Chad, Mali, Senegal and Niger. In total, these Arabic speaking outposts are made up of some 15 million additional speakers.
Arabic in the Professional Sphere
Countries with Arabic as their official language form a link between Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa on one side, and Asia on the other side. Their key geographical position makes them a unique and central platform for exchanges that Arabic speakers can benefit from, whether in the field of diplomacy, tourism, or trade.
Arabic is also the language of businesses and countries involved in the production of gas and oil for energy. In other words, a company that masters this language or obtains the means to understand its subtleties through the services of a professional translator, is able to participate in its important negotiations.
States and companies looking to the Arabic speaking regions for new business partnerships in different fields, have everything to gain by taking steps to speak with and understand their Arabic contacts.
The Subtleties of the Arabic Language
When it comes to writing in any of the Arabic-speaking countries, “literary Arabic” (or classical Arabic) is used. It’s a version of Arabic that meets the standards applied both in Arabic speaking countries and with minorities of other Arabic speakers around the world.
Each country later also expanded their Arabic language scope, enriching its vocabulary even more here. This way, the Algerian Arabic dialect for example uses certain unique words such as “chouffa” for “psychic”, “papicha” for a “modern young girl” and “chah!” for “well done”. These, however, are newer words and expressions that don’t exist in classic Arabic.
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