Arabic has many core features that stand out. This is because it comes from a different language family than most popular languages today.
The concept of a language family sorts every tongue of the world by its origin. Languages in the same family have core similarities, while others are more different.
Studying any foreign language is a beautiful exploration of another culture and people…. but learning a language from a different family grows the mind even more. It challenges fundamental views about language and thought that we take for granted.
Arabic belongs to the 4th major language family of the world, Afro-Asiatic, and is the most popular language in it. So unless you speak a language also from this family, Arabic will be home to many surprises which we will explore together, by God’s mercy.
And of course, Arabic is the language of Islam and so deserves even more attention, time and effort. (As you can tell, we will be focusing on Standard / Quranic Arabic.)
Before learning a single word of Arabic, there are many features of Arabic that already stand out:
- 🖋️ Writing & Calligraphy
- 💬️ Spelling & Pronunciation
- Vocabulary & Basic Grammar
- Preservation, Spread & Loss
Getting closer to the language, we can get a full taste of the language by engaging in it:
- Sentence Construction [nahw]
- Word Construction [sarf]
- Development Over Time