Arabic is a language that is both fascinating and feared. Many are attracted by the oriental culture and would like to know more, including the language, but there are still many prejudices about it. Let's try to dispel this myth and explain why and what are the advantages of studying Arabic.
Let's start by clarifying what are the reasons why a person usually approaches the study of Arabic courses (in spanish: cursos de árabe). Some people approach the language for cultural purposes, aiming at interculture, its music, literature, architecture... and others for religious reasons, such as an interest in the Koran.
There are also people who do it for commercial purposes, especially at a business and commercial level. Also in these cases it is essential, in addition to the language, to learn the basic elements of Arab culture, starting with jokes.
Knowing Arabic customs is useful not only if you have to communicate in Arabic, but also when negotiating in English or any other European language. It will be essential to know how to behave on these occasions and only the study of Arabic culture can help.
Let's see specifically what are the reasons why you should start studying Arabic right now!
We start with a purpose, we continue as a challenge with ourselves.
Yes, I don't need to say it: Arabic is a difficult language for an Italian to learn. In the vast majority of cases, those who start studying it are motivated by work or university purposes. But it doesn't stop there! It is a language that is so passionate about studying it that there are those who come to take it as a personal challenge ! The difficult language becomes a continuous struggle with oneself, a continuous stimulus for improvement. Arabic is as disconcerting before starting to study it as falling in love once the ice is broken.
It makes the one who studies it much more patient.
To succeed in the study of a language like Arabic, it is necessary to hone two essential skills: perseverance and patience. Only those who are truly motivated and willing to wait and make sacrifices to see even minimal results can succeed. Everyone has their own time, of course, but the one thing for sure is that haste is really a bad advisor for those who want to learn Arabic.
Because it really is a plus in terms of work
Knowing Arabic takes a lot of work. It is one of those things that can make the difference between getting a job or not, because there are still very few people who can boast of knowing this language. This language is especially useful in certain areas, thanks to international developments in recent years: journalism , diplomacy , finance , commerce , interpreting , education and many others.
Bridging the gap between seemingly conflicting cultures
Knowing the Arab and Arabic culture helps people understand what they are afraid of these days. Fear is given by ignorance and lack of understanding. Studying the Arabic language means understanding that behind everything we hear and read in the newspapers every day, there are real people. Speaking the same language is very important at a strategic level to manage and resolve conflicts.
Discover an ancient culture
Like ours, the Arab culture also has two thousand years of history and culture behind it. And knowing the original language with which this culture spread could allow you to enjoy masterpieces such as "The Thousand and One Nights" or "Sinbad the Sailor". Another fascinating component of this culture are the dances , such as khaliji or khaliji . Two thousand years of cultural richness are definitely a good stimulus!
It is one of the most spoken languages in the world.
Arabic is currently spoken in many countries by about 300 million people and therefore it becomes more important to have Arabic classes in Madrid (clases de árabe en Madrid). It is the fifth most spoken language in the world, ahead of German and French, and one of the official languages of the United Nations. Some of the countries where we speak it: Algeria, Egypt, Comoros Islands, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Djibouti and more.
It is an encouragement to travel to some countries and experience them firsthand.
We are well aware that in many of the countries where Arabic is the first language, the political situation, and not only that, is not easy. Wars, famine, extreme poverty, epidemics, terrorism, coups d'état. Unfortunately, these are all reasons why many people have to give up exploring the Arab world, even if they want to.
However, there are relatively quieter countries like Morocco, United Arab Emirates or Egypt where it is possible to go as a tourist without too much risk.
How great would it be to visit the pyramids or the desert and see the beautiful Dubai while being able to converse in the original language of those places? Have you ever thought of visiting the fabulous pink city of Petra in Jordan? Arabic-speaking countries hide true wonders, many of them being cradles of civilization.
And should there be any problems, we always have our beloved English to come to the rescue! (And we can pray for understanding).