Arabic Language Day

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2022 Date18 December 2022
2023 Date18 December 2023
Arabic Language Day

Arabic Language Day History

Arabic Language Day seeks to promote the Arabic language. This day aims to raise awareness about the history and culture surrounding Arabic. It is one of six official languages used by the United Nations and is seen as a pillar of cultural diversity.

Arabic Language Day was established in 2010 by the U.N Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is observed annually on December 18th.

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Arabic Language Day Facts

  • Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages. It is spoken by more than 422 million people according to the U.N.
  • Arabic has multiple words for love. Each describes a different stage of the process of falling in love, for example hawa describes the initial attraction between two people.
  • English has borrowed many words from Arabic. Some examples include: alchemy, alcohol, algebra, coffee, and magazine to name a few.

Arabic Language Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Learn Arabic. There are many tools available to help you learn. It can be fun exciting learning a new language, especially one so rich in culture.
  • Visit one of the many cultural sites in the Arab world and learn about some of the first civilizations such as Mesopotamia.
  • Watch UNESCO's documentary about the Arab world and its heritage and civilization. Learn about culture and more at The Arab World.

Arabic Language Day References and Related Sites

en.unesco.org: World Arabic Language Day

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