Key Reasons Why Now Is The Time To Learn Arabic

  • 10/16/2016

If you’re an educator, now is the time to push for more young Students Learning Arabic.

1.) Distinguish yourself in the professional world with a high demand language

Arabic language skills will separate you from the crowd, no matter professional field. In the last 15 years,U.S. government agencies have expressed a much greater need for Arabic speakers to address the complex political, military, and economic questions surrounding U.S. engagement in the Middle East and North Africa.

The government is not the only employer seeking Arabic skills, however. The same trend can be seen in the private and nonprofit sectors as businesses seek to better understand developing markets and organizations work across borders to develop institutions, improve economies, and educate young people. Yet the demand for Arabic-speaking professionals in the U.S. exceeds the supply.Whether conducting research, negotiating an international agreement, or coordinating with an overseas partner, speaking the language of your counterpart gives you an invaluable advantage. 

2.) Gain critical language skills useful in over 20 countries 

Language like Spanish and French allow you t work and travel in dozens of countries around the world, but they are also widely spoken among your peers.Other languages, like Chinese, are in high demand but required spending your entire career focused on one or two countries. Arabic offers a blend of critical language skills and applicability in over 20 countries with roughly 300 million native speakers. You will develop the skills to live, work and interact with a more diverse set of countries, allowing you room to shift focus as you progress in your career.

3.) Gain insights into the second largest religion in the world

Islam is the most widespread religion in the Arab world, and it serves as a framework through which many Arabs see the world. Through your study of Arabic, you will pick up knowledge of Islamic traditions and beliefs that will allow you to become a more effective intercultural communicator and develop stronger relationships.

4.) Encourage a greater understanding of Arab culture in the U.S.

By studying Arabic and learning about the culture, you will gain a deeper and more nuanced perspective of the Arabic-speaking world than the typical themes found in U.S. mass media. As you share a more balanced perspective with your family, friends, and peers , you will encourage a greater understanding of Arab culture in U.S. society and more trusting attitudes towards Arab Americans and Arabs living in the U.S. 

5.) Act as an ambassador for your country abroad

If you study Arabic abroad or work in the region, you will have daily opportunities to dispel negative misconceptions and promote a positive view of the U.S. and American people.

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