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Welcome to the Arabic Department at Wikiversity.
Part of the Center for Foreign Language Learning and the Language Studies.

The Arabic language (اللغة العربية al-luġah al-ʿarabiyyah), or simply Arabic (عربي ʿarabī), is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. It is spoken throughout the Arab world and is widely studied and known throughout the Islamic world. Classical Arabic has been a literary language since at least the 6th century and is the liturgical language of Islam. Because of its liturgical role, Arabic has lent many words to other Islamic languages, akin to the role Latin has in Western European languages. During the Middle Ages Arabic was also a major vehicle of culture, especially in science, mathematics and philosophy, with the result that many European languages have also borrowed numerous words from it. The Arabic script is written from right to left.

 Learning projects
 Technical information
  • If you are interested in the Arabic Department, sign up at the Arabic stream
  • Language family: Afro-Asiatic/Semitic/Arabic languages
  • Standard form: Mordern Standard Arabic
  • Dialects: Western, Central, Northern, Peninsular
  • Writing systems: Arabic alphabet, Arabic Braille, Syriac alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Greek alphabet, Latin script
  • Signed form: Signed Arabic
  • Native to: Countries of the Arab League, minorities in neighboring countries and some parts of Asia,Africa, Europe etc.
  • Official in: 28 states
  • Regulated by: many organizations
  • ISO 639-1: ar
  • ISO 639-3: ara
  • English Wikipedia article about the language: Arabic
  • Ethnologue page about the language: Arabic
 External resources

Language References[edit | edit source]

Arab vocabulary sheet 1 Arab vocabulary sheet 2 Fill the blanks / Remplissez les blancs Examples of how the Arabic root and form system works. Verbs with doubled root letter Like zaada', weak middle letter yaa Like zaara', weak middle letter waw