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Extinct: no
Family: Afro-Asiatic
Branch: Semitic
Continent: Africa
Country: Saudi Arabia
 
Region: Middle East, North Africa, other Muslim countries. Also spoken in Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Countries Where Spoken: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Countries Where Official: Saudi Arabia
   
Native Speakers: 246,000,000
Speakers Total: 246,000,000
  
Phrasebase members who speak Arabic at a native level: 5,189
Phrasebase members who speak Arabic at a conversational level: 5,189
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Arabic: 6,880
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Arabic: 10,659
  
Three Letter Code: ARB
Alternative Names: High Arabic, Al Fus-Ha, Al Arabiya
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Summary: 246,000,000 second-language speakers of all Arabic varieties (1999 WA). Not a first language. Used for education, official purposes, written materials, and formal speeches. Classical Arabic is used for religion and ceremonial purposes, having archaic vocabulary. Modern Standard Arabic is a modernized variety of Classical Arabic. In most Arab countries only the well educated have adequate proficiency in Standard Arabic, while over 100,500,000 do not. Language development: Arabic script in Algeria. Newspapers. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible: 1984-1991. Comments VSO.
 

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