Arabic is a member of Semitic linguistic family and it has the 5th place among the mostly spoken languages in the world. Arabic alphabet consists of 28 letters. This alphabet has 17 basic forms and it is read from right to left. All the letters in Arabic alphabet are consonants. Letters are read differently according to their location in the sentence; beginning-middle-end.
Arabic is the official language in 22 Arab countries and it is spoken as the native language by 350 million people. As there are dialect differences in Arabic used in different countries, comprehension problems may be experienced from a country to country.
Some of the countries where Arabic is used as an official language are:
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
Arabic is a language derived from the Arabian Peninsula and it has become widespread as Islam appeared after the 7th century. Arabic has also impact on several European languages.