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آموزش زبانهای خارجی : الفبای زبان عربی – Learning Second Language , Arabic Alphabet

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آموزش زبانهای خارجی :  الفبای زبان عربی 

Learning Second Language , Arabic Alphabet 

The Arabic language

Arabic is a Semitic language with about 221 million speakers in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Palestinian West Bank & Gaza, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

There are over 30 different varieties of colloquial Arabic which include:

Egyptian – spoken by about 50 million people in Egypt and perhaps the most widely understood variety .
Moroccan/Maghrebi – spoken in Morocco by about 19.5 million people
Sudanese – spoken in Sudan by about 19 million people
Saidi – spoken by about 19 million people in Egypt
North Levantine – spoken in Lebanon and Syria by about 15 million people
Mesopotamian – spoken by about 14 million people in Iraq, Iran and Syria
Najdi – spoken in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and Syria by about 10 million people

Arabic alphabet – الفباء العربیه

The Arabic script evolved from the Nabataean Aramaic script. It has been used since the 4th century AD, but the earliest document, an inscription in Arabic, Syriac and Greek, dates from 512 AD. The Aramaic language has fewer consonants than Arabic, so during the 7th century new Arabic letters were created by adding dots to existing letters in order to avoid ambiguities. Further diacritics indicating short vowels were introduced, but are only generally used to ensure the Qur’an was read aloud without mistakes.

There are two main types of written Arabic:

Classical Arabic – the language of the Qur’an and classical literature. It differs from Modern Standard Arabic mainly in style and vocabulary, some of which is archaic. All Muslims are expected to recite the Qur’an in the original language, however many rely on translations in order to understand the text.
Modern Standard Arabic (اللغة العربية الفصحى / al-luġatu l-ʿarabiyyatu l-fuṣḥā) – the universal language of the Arabic-speaking world which is understood by all Arabic speakers. It is the language of the vast majority of written material and of formal TV shows, lectures, etc.
Each Arabic speaking country or region also has its own variety of colloquial spoken Arabic. These colloquial varieties of Arabic appear in written form in some poetry, cartoons and comics, plays and personal letters. There are also translations of the bible into most varieties of colloquial Arabic.

Arabic has also been written with the Hebrew, Syriac and Latin scripts.

Arabic alphabet

Notable Features

Type of writing system: abjad

Direction of writing: words are written in horizontal lines from right to left, numerals are written from left to right .

Number of letters: 28 (in Arabic) – some additional letters are used in Arabic when writing placenames or foreign words containing sounds which do not occur in Standard Arabic, such as /p/ or /g/. Additional letters are used when writing other languages.

Used to write: Arabic, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Syrian), Äynu, Azeri, Baluchi, Beja, Bosnian, Brahui, Chechen, Crimean Tatar, Dari, Gilaki, Hausa, Kabyle, Karakalpak, Konkani, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khowar, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Malay, Marwari, Mandekan, Mazandarani, Morisco, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Salar, Saraiki, Shabaki, Shughni, Sindhi, Somali, Tatar, Tausūg, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek and a number of other languages .

Most letters change form depending on whether they appear at the beginning, middle or end of a word, or on their own.

Letters that can be joined are always joined in both hand-written and printed Arabic. The only exceptions to this rule are crossword puzzles and signs in which the script is written vertically.

The long vowels /a:/, /i:/ and /u:/ are represented by the letters ‘alif, yā’ and wāw respectively.

Vowel diacritics, which are used to mark short vowels, and other special symbols appear only in the Qur’an. They are also used, though with less consistency, in other religious texts, in classical poetry, in books for children and foreign learners, and occasionally in complex texts to avoid ambiguity. Sometimes the diacritics are used for decorative purposes in book titles, letterheads, nameplates, etc.

Arabic numerals and numbers

These numerals are those used when writing Arabic and are written from left to right. In Arabic they are known as “Indian numbers” (أرقام هندية arqa-m hindiyyah). The term ‘Arabic numerals’ is also used to refer to 1, 2, 3, etc.

Arabic numerals and numbers

Arabic numbers

 

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