Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Arabic: more accessible than you think

Arabic is in great demand and there’s a shortage of well-qualified speakers

My experience shows that not only is Arabic much more accessible than many people think, but it is also in great demand. The fact that several government departments, the armed forces and many businesses are prepared to pay for their employees to study it to an advanced level because of the severe shortage of Arabic graduates, shows that for schools and students alike, there are many good reasons to choose Arabic

As one of the six official UN languages, Arabic can be a real boost for careers in international organisations and diplomacy, as well as journalism, tourism and international trade, particularly the energy industry.

Arabic is not the language of one country, of course, but of 26 nations across North Africa and the Middle East. It is a language that unites at least 400 million native speakers in the Arab world, as well as being something of a lingua franca of Muslims worldwide.”

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