March 20, 2008

The language we speak

Posted in I didn't know that!, Misc. tagged , , at 9:25 pm by Olórin

 

Halo!  Hows it going? Hope everyone’s enjoying the extended weekend! ^_^

I’m sure all of you heard about Government’s resignation and dissolving of the Parliament! At first when I read the message from Barlamani (Don’t get me started on that messaging service! They drill you with messages you can’t cancel!) I thought it was a joke! Have you ever heard of a country without a Government nor a Parliament?! Quite disturbing! Don’t know how long we’ll be like this, but I’m guessing we’d better get used to it!

Anyway,

Most of us speak Arabic and its our native-tongue, right? But do most of us know the origins of this language? Me no tink so!

Okay first thing you need to know is that our awesome language descended from the Semitic Languages, which are – according to Wiki – a family of languages mostly originated in Northern Africa and the Horn of Africa. Other family members of the Semitic Languages are Amharic, Tigrinya and Hebrew among some others. What’s cool about the Semitic Languages (Thus Arabic) is that its one of the earliest languages to get a written form. And Arabic is considered the largest Semitic Language alive, also, Ancient North Arabian – the earliest Proto-Arabic dates back to 6th Century B.C (whoooa!!) – did not use normal alphabets, but used epigraphic Musnad alphabets!

Can you believe that Arabic is a major source of vocabulary for languages such as Berber, Kurdish, Persian, Swahili, Urdu, Hindi, Turkish, Malay and Indonesian? Even Spanish and Portuguese have a large amount of loan words!

“Many words in English and other European languages are derived from Arabic, often through other European languages, especially Spanish and Italian. Among them are commonly-used words like “sugar” (sukkar), “cotton” (quṭn) and “magazine” (maḫāzin). English words more recognizably of Arabic origin include “algebra”, “alcohol”, “alchemy”, “alkali” and “zenith.” Some words in common use, such as “intention” and “information”, were originally calques of Arabic philosophical terms.” – Wiki.

Another cool fact is that Arabic is considered to be the most Semitic language in which it preserved its features completely through time!

So you can say that the language we speak is one of the oldest and influential languages of the world… So proud I am!!

I can’t believe many Arabians are neglecting this amazing language!