Although there is no precise estimate of the number of Arabic speakers, there are still between 315 and 375 million people who use this language worldwide. Although economic, social and political conflicts have delayed the integration of this language into Western culture, it is beautiful and very present and represents a high level of added value in the world of work today.
A French orientalist Ernest RENAN said: “The strangest thing that has happened in human history concerns the spread of the Arabic language. Indeed, the Arabic language was unknown, and suddenly it experienced a full and complete expansion. This language has neither childhood nor old age. It has surpassed its sisters by the richness of its vocabulary, by the precision of its terms and by the accuracy of its construction system and its structure.”
In an increasingly globalised world, learning Arabic will open doors to companies wishing to develop within young, rich oriental markets which are becoming more and more open to the Western world.
By learning a language you get a peek inside their culture. Between sentence structure and vocabulary you start to understand the origin of the language and the thought process of native speakers. Of course, this list is not exhaustive and depending on your profession or your work environment, knowing languages like German, Russian, Japanese or Hindi could be more beneficial.
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