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CultureShock! Saudi Arabia by Peter North

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‘An intelligent deaf-mute is better than an ignorant person who can speak.’—Arab Proverb

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKING ARABIC

Arabic, a Semitic language related to Hebrew and Aramaic, is spoken by over 180 million people in North Africa, and most of the Middle East as their first language. As the language of the Qur’an it is studied by many millions more Muslims globally.

Arabic is thought by some Westerners to be a difficult language because it is written in an unfamiliar script and some of the sounds are made at the back of the mouth and throat (the glottals). ...

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