Arabic, Current Language Situation
More then 200 million persons - from Oman till Morocco - do speak Arabic; it is the sixth world
language. The written language, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), is the same in all Arabic speaking
MSA has got the grammar of the Classical Arabic as the starting point and is mainly used by educated
It is de language that is being used in newspapers, literature, official speeches, the news broadcasts
on radio en
television. Every Arab has to learn MSA at school: it is nobody’s mother tongue.
The Arabic dialects or colloquials are roughly to be divided in 5 groups, in order of being nearest to
the Modern Standard Arabic.
1. Saudi Arabia, Gulf States, Yemen
3. Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel/Palestinian territories
4. Egypt, Northern Sudan, West Saudi Arabia
5. Libia, Tunesia, Algeria, Morocco and Malta
We look forward to hearing from you.