Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar, Chad, Comoros, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Eritrea, Iraq, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen, Djibouti.


Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, it has about 280 million native speakers and about 2 50 million who have it as a second language . Furthermore, since 1974 it has been one of the official languages of the United Nations.

As you can see on the map, it is spoken as an official or co-official language in 25 countries and 11 have it as a second language, most of the countries are concentrated in North Africa, the Peninsula Arabic and Middle East. In addition, we must bear in mind that it has about 30 different varieties , which do not have to be intelligible with each other. However, everyone learns Modern Standard Arabic apart from the native colloquial variety.

Arabic-speakers can be found worldwide ; the last generations of millions of Arab emigrants have resettled in places like Brazil, northern and central Europe, the United States, and Southeast Asia.

If all varieties of the Arabic language are counted today, it can be safely estimated that there are around 313 million Arabic-speakers worldwide , which makes it the fifth most spoken language in the world after Mandarin, Spanish, English and Hindi




Part of the Arab-speaking countries are found in North Africa , thus, we find countries such as Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia and Djibouti. Being Algeria the largest country in Africa and the tenth largest in the world. On the other hand, we have Lebanon, which is the smallest Arab country in North Africa and the Middle East. We also find in central Africa and between Mozambique and Madagascar, the Comoros. A country formed by the union of three islands.

Thus, Arabic is the most widely spoken language in Africa , with 17% of Arabic-speakers in Africa, followed by languages such as Swahili and French .


In the Middle East, we find 13 countries where Arabic is spoken as an official language: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. Being Iraq and Saudi Arabia are the countries with the most standard Arabic speakers.


Standard Arabic is a language that will help you converse with the hundreds of millions of Arabic-speakers in the world, but why is it so important?

Arabic is very important in the business section , especially in the construction, technology, energy and real estate industries , since these have had a great economic boost in many Oil countries such as Saudi Arabia.

When it comes to language learning, has many linguistic connections with other languages . Due to the fact that throughout its evolution, Arabic has influenced dozens of global languages such as Spanish , Portuguese, Turkish, Bosnian, Persian, Hebrew and even English .

Thus, his most outstanding linguistic legacy is the article a- or al- in Arabic, which was added to words from the Spanish we know today, like 'almohada' or 'ajedrez'.

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