1. Arabic is the 6th most commonly spoken language in the world. If you learn it, you will be able to communicate with over 300 million native speakers across over 20 countries as well as Arabic-speaking minorities around the globe.
2. Learning Arabic is a great step in furthering your career – there is a growing demand in the Western companies for bi-lingual Arabic speakers and they are in relatively short supply. With a growing economy in the Middle East, Arabic language skills are highly coveted by global organisations.
3. Arabic is the language of Islam. Learning it will give those interested in religious studies a greater understanding of their chosen subject and, as it is the language of the Qu’ran, Arabic is understood by millions as a second language
4. You will be able to fully enjoy the rich heritage of the Arab-speaking world. With a wealth of traditional food, art, music, literature and cuisine, learning Arabic will help you to appreciate even more cultural aspects of the Middle East and North Africa. Many Westerners will already be familiar with popular traditions such as belly dancing as well as dishes such as falafel or hummus.
5. Knowledge of Arabic can provide a better understanding of international relations. Whilst most Westerners have limited exposure to the Arab world, Arabic-speakers will be able to have a deeper understanding of current affairs with exposure to both Western and Middle Eastern perspectives.
6. By learning Arabic, you will have access to more financial opportunities. As the economy in the Middle East is continuing to grow, skills in Arabic will allow you to have a better understanding of how to invest in this thriving area and utilise the sharia banking system.
7. You will have the opportunity to travel to exciting new lands. Through gaining knowledge of Arabic, you will be able to travel more easily through the many countries and communities of the Arabic-speaking world.
8. Have fun & meet others interested in the Arab world – learning a new language is a great way to meet others with shared interests whilst learning and furthering your personal and professional development.
9. Arabic has influenced many other languages, including English. Common words such as coffee, cotton, jasmine, lemon, sorbet and safari are all derived from Arabic – you will be surprised at how much you already know.
10. Learning Arabic is a fulfilling and worthwhile challenge and the ability to communicate in Arabic will be a great reward. With an already established Arabic-speaking community in Edinburgh and with more visitors coming every year, here is the ideal place to learn!
At inlingua Edinburgh, we offer Arabic classes to suit all levels from beginners Arabic to Advanced. All lessons are led by fully qualified, native Arabic-speaking trainers in small groups with a maximum of 10 students per class.
For companies interested in Arabic courses for their employees, we can arrange private or group tuition, either from our school or at your offices. We also offer bespoke Arabic translation services from fully certified, professional translators.