Studying the Language
language is exceptionally rich and may require several years
to master thoroughly. However, this should not deter students
from tackling it for there is no obstacle to obtaining some
basic understanding in a relatively short time.
Time spent in the
Arab World is by the far the most effective means to further
one's knowledge of the language and its subtleties combined
with an intricate knowledge of Arab customs and traditions.
Even the barest knowledge of the language can open new doors
for the visitor as usually Arabs are most impressed that you
have taken an interest in their tongue.
Students of Arabic
are endlessly pestered with the eternal question: "Why are you
studying Arabic?" The implication is quite clear; that many
perceive the language to be strange, unconventional, and
absurdly difficult and can never make it as a mainstream
language. Studying Italian for example is seen as
conventionally acceptable, although being in global terms
possibly less significant. Some even question Arabic's right
to be called a modern language. It is important therefore to
point out how useful and important the language is, and that
it is not only a shame but a definite hindrance to have so few
people especially Europeans who can converse in this truly