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Is the largest of the Semitic and Afro Asiatic languages and one of the fifth largest languages in the world. The language is written with the Arabic alphabet and is more or less the same for the entire Arab world. It is one of the United Nations official languages. Arabic is divided up largely into three main variations: The modern standard Arabic, the classic Arabic as well as folk languages and dialects. The modern standard Arabic is used primarily for writing.
But it is also used orally in a formal context, like conferences, news bulletins and suchlike.

The classical Arabic, is the Islamic world's cultural language. It is used in the Koran and classical literature. The classical Arabic has a big influence upon modern Arabic. Normally though, all Arabs have one of the Arabic folk languages as a mother tongue, which works as an oral communications medium in all informal contexts. Because of the Arabic language's broad dispersal across many sociolinguistic areas, a large number of languages have been influenced by standard Arabic, both by its vocabulary and grammar.
The term Arabic can allude either to High Arabic or standard Arabic, or indeed to the many local variations of Arabic. Arabs consider the literary Arabic as their standard language and usually regard everything else as only dialect. High Arabic aims both at the language that is used in present day media and all around North Africa and the middle east as well as encompassing the more literary language of the Koran.
"Everyday" or dialectic Arabic aims at the many national and regional varieties that stem originally from classical Arabic and is spoken within the Arab world and which represents everyday language.
Sometimes the differences between them are so great that they are not mutually understandable. Usually these dialects are not used in writing, though there is a certain amount of literature (particularly theatrical plays and poetry) that is to be found in many of them. It is often used to a varying degree in informal oral media, like soap operas and talk shows.

High Arabic or classical Arabic is the official language in all Arab countries and the only version of Arabic that is taught in schools at all levels. In the instances when Arabs from different countries are in conversation with each other and discover that their individual dialects are not mutually understandable (for example a Moroccan who is speaking to a Lebanese) then they can both switch to high Arabic or swing back and forth to make themselves understood.



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