Arabic is a Semitic language that first emerged in the 1st to 4th centuries CE. It is now the lingua franca of the Arab world. Arabic is the liturgical language of 1.8 billion Muslims, and Arabic is one of six official languages of the United Nations. All varieties of Arabic combined are spoken by perhaps as many as 422 million speakers (native and non-native) in the Arab world, making it the fifth most spoken language in the world. Many countries speak Arabic as an official language, but not all of them speak it the same way. The language has many dialects or varieties, such as Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Maghrebi Arabic, Levantine Arabic and many others. Some of the dialects are so different from one another that speakers have a hard time understanding the other. Most of the countries that use Arabic as their official language are in the Middle East. They are part of the Arab World because the largest religion in the region is Islam. The language is very important in Islam because Muslims believe that Allah (God) used it to talk to Muhammad through the Archangel Gabriel (Jibril), giving him the Quran in Arabic. Many but not all Arabic-speakers are Muslims. Arabic is also becoming a popular language to learn in the Western world even though its grammar is sometimes very hard to learn for native speakers of Indo-European languages. Many other languages have borrowed words from Arabic, because of its importance in history. Arabic is the language of the Holy Quran; no one can properly understand it without learning the language (completely) Most Middle-Eastern countries speak Arabic, so learning Arabic can be useful in that regard. Arabic is seen as a hard language, as it is very specific in grammar, vocabulary and punctuation.
Arabic remains one of the most beautiful languages around the world, renowned for its eloquence, and in its beauty, it is hard to really give the exact meaning of the words. While English may be today's lingua franca, Arabic remains one of the richest languages in the world in terms of vocabulary. It includes over 12.3 million words that have also been adopted by other languages such as Farsi, Turkish, Spanish and even English. Next on the list of the hardest languages to learn for English speakers is Arabic, which is also in the top five most spoken world languages. Arabic is also written from right to left instead of left to right, which takes some getting used to. There are also characteristics of spoken Arabic that make it hard to learn.