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Arabic is one of the fastest growing languages learned by students in the U.S. and many other countries. Known for its fascinating complexity, it is a language of literature, poetry and elegant calligraphy. One of the six official languages of the United Nations, Arabic is spoken by 422 million people in 22 countries around the world, and used by more than one billion Muslims who read the Quran.

Languages contribute to the beauty of the world because each one enriches that which it names. Our languages are not only tools of communication, they carry values and identities. Linguistic diversity broadens the mind and provides the means to build intercultural and interreligious dialogue based on genuine mutual understanding.
Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO

Modern Standard Arabic, or MSA, is the literary language of Arabic, and is its official form. MSA is derived from Classical Arabic, the language of the Qur’an, and is used by Arabic speakers in written documents and formal spoken occasions, such as for lectures and in the news media.

We believe that learning Arabic – and learning about Arab culture – forges academic and cultural ties and understanding that engender tolerance and mutual respect. And as interest in foreign affairs of the Middle East continues to grow, so do employment opportunities for those who speak Arabic and understand the region’s cultures.

I’d like to find new ways to connect young Americans to young people all around the world, by supporting opportunities to learn new languages, and serve and study.... That’s always been a critical part of how America engages the world.... Simple exchanges can break down walls between us.... When that happens, mistrust begins to fade and our smaller differences no longer overshadow the things that we share.

President Barack Obama,
Student Roundtable, Istanbul, Turkey, April 7, 2009


CIL Student Recites Arabic Poetry
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