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The Arabic Language: Its Amazing History and Features

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This video is all about the Arabic language, from its early origins on the Arabian peninsula, to its current status as the 5th most spoken language on Earth. I also examine a number of features of Arabic and analyze numerous examples. Special thanks to Murjana Shabaneh and Mohammad Abd Al Qadr for the audio samples and feedback! Support Langfocus on Patreon http://patreon.com/langfocus My current Patrons include these fantastic people: Brandon Gonzalez, Виктор Павлов, Mark Thesing, Jiajun "Jeremy" Liu, иктор Павлов, Guillermo Jimenez, Sidney Frattini Junior, Bennett Seacrist, Ruben Sanchez, Michael Cuomo, Eric Garland, Brian Michalowski, Sebastian Langshaw, Vadim Sobolev, FRANCISCO, Mohammed A. Abahussain, Fred, UlasYesil, JL Bumgarner, Rob Hoskins, Thomas A. McCloud, Ian Smith, Maurice Chow, Matthew Cockburn, Raymond Thomas, Simon Blanchet, Ryan Marquardt, Sky Vied, Romain Paulus, Panot, Erik Edelmann, Bennet, James Zavaleta, Ulrike Baumann, Ian Martyn, Justin Faist, Jeff Miller, Stephen Lawson, Howard Stratton, George Greene, Panthea Madjidi, Nicholas Gentry, Sergios Tsakatikas, Bruno Filippi, Sergio Tsakatikas, Qarion, Pedro Flores, Raymond Thomas, Marco Antonio Barcellos Junior, David Beitler, Rick Gerritzen, Sailcat, Mark Kemp, Éric Martin, Leo Barudi, Piotr Chmielowski, Suzanne Jacobs, Johann Goergen, Darren Rennels, Caio Fernandes, Iddo Berger, Peter Nikitin, Brent Werner, Fiona de Visser, Carl Saloga, Edward Wilson, Kevin Law, David Lecount, Joshua Philgarlic, for their generous Patreon support. Music: You're free to use this song and monetize your video, but you must include the following in your video description: Ibn Al-Noor by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100706 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ "Raw Deal" by Gunnar Olsen. "In Case You Forgot" by Otis McDonald. Drum beat from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVvWgpBHNL0 Images: "Arabic Speaking World" map courtesy of Keteracel at English Wikipedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arabic_speaking_world.svg
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Issac Algizani (23 seconds ago)
There is hundreds Arabic dialects from country to country and from place to other. Moreover, many of these dialects have own grammars and pronunciation or accent. That means if the learner learn one dialect, he may not understand the MSA or other dialects. In my opinion, the best way to learn Arabic Language is to study MSA as a key to understand whole All Arabic dialects and accents. Furthermore, the Arabs will understand you whatever their dialect or they are educated or not. They will enjoy to listen to foreign person speaks Stander Arabic. They would open the door for that person to tech him/her more vocabularies and the differences between they dialect and MSA.
Straw Hat (26 minutes ago)
*A lot of wrong things* 😠😠
7aamza saleh (9 hours ago)
"Conquest" ..!? be more truthful and honest please.
Langfocus (8 hours ago)
That’s what the historical event is referred to as. Sorry. Don’t blame me for what the whole world calls it.
Teba Ali (13 hours ago)
مرحبا انا من العراق 🇮🇶🖐️
meme meme (14 hours ago)
More than 12M word in arabic the sec one is eng with more than 600K word wow what a dif...
Langfocus (13 hours ago)
I think it depends on what you count as an individual word, especially with the different verb types using the same root.
Mousa Mousa (20 hours ago)
الفصحى افضل واجمل يا صديقي
توفيق محمد (1 day ago)
أنا طالب من الجزائر .. تمنوا لي الحظ
Grover Chiri (1 day ago)
It's so interesting, I like Arabic language.
Guy Tn (1 day ago)
People really need to learn Arabic. They're missing out on the greatest poems on earth. It cannot be described. Don't try to look for translations because it will lose its true magnificence.
AL MAALIK (1 day ago)
osahady (2 days ago)
this is a wrong way to learn Arabic . . .
sahar zellaya (2 days ago)
Amazing im impressed by ur knowledge 👍🏻keep it up, arabic is a bit hard
Arda Gürsoy (2 days ago)
Please the Hebrew language... (PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE...)
2k (2 days ago)
How come Arabic is co-official in Iraq!?????? WRONG
Langfocus (2 days ago)
It’s not wrong. It’s written in the constitution that there are two official languages: Arabic and Kurdish.
Cufu Tuu (2 days ago)
الغة العربية الفصحى هي الافضل
Elly Basal (2 days ago)
Well, as a native Arabic speaker: first of all. This video is one of the best videos I have ever seen on YouTube, your information is totally correct. Congratulations . Second of all, it’s better to learn the original language first, coz everyone can understand you After that u can start learning the language with accents Keep going buddy, u r amazing. Good luck
killer sohaib (2 days ago)
emad danun (2 days ago)
Hello , I like this video and my advice to you to learn the modern Arabic with an Arabic dialect . That because it'll be hard for foreign people to learn one kind of them it's a more difficult . So without modern you will lose a lot of meaning which will help you in your daily life and without dialect you won't be able to understand the people around of you . So to have a good result its better to learn the two kind of language
guto takara (2 days ago)
South america Native language?
Uniscious (3 days ago)
5:42 - thanks for the fucking nightmare.
ENGA ENGA (3 days ago)
Hi I am 23 years old I am arabian am arabic,so learn me English and I will learn you arabic by whatsapp
M. Hamza (3 days ago)
It is better to learn modern Arabic than a dialect. Modern Arabic unites people more.
M. Hamza (3 days ago)
العربِيّة لُغتي الأُولى. تَحِيّاتي لك على هذا المجْهُود.
TheSwordfish009 (3 days ago)
If you were fluent in one dialect (let's say MSA or Egyptian), how long would it take to learn one of the other main dialects?
eyad kharsa (3 days ago)
i like you as an enthusiast but your way of introducing languages is more likely to be a language master way(even though you'r not) when the person studied all the history and all the books about a language and made a short video showing an example or avery small amount of his long years of study .. ( for example sabt never came from Hebrew they gave the day a similar meaning(some arabs were Jewish) and it was a similar word not a loan word.. because in arabic the sound sharpness of the letters indicate different meanings in this case the word sabt(to stay) is similar to the word subat which means hibernation or just sleeping for a longtime.. and the word (thabat) here (th) as (three) in english(it's stronger than S so it gives a stronger meaning ) means stability and so on the whole language is just like that... when a word is similar in other language that doesn't mean it's borrowed from another language.. i really don't believe any western language history studies it's based on lies and religious backgrounds(jewish stories mostly) which hide or show hate for muslims and the language of their religion in resault... stuff that we remember and saw with our own eyes and arn't history yet are being distorted and overwritten by haters so what about what happened thousands and thousands of years ago..
Langfocus (3 days ago)
Well, there’s one problem with your comment: I never said that the Arabic word sabt came from the Hebrew word Shabbat. I said they are *related*. They both come from an earlier form of Semitic language. I’ve known this for 20 years, ever since I studied Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic in university.
AHMED AL ARYANI (4 days ago)
طالب من الكونغو . اهلا وسهلا
يجب تعلم اللغة العربية الفصحى قبل كل شيء، لأن اللهجات العربية تتغير باستمرار، فمثلا من ١٠٠ سنة كانت اللهجات مختلفة قليلا عن الآن (لكن لهجات اليوم لن يفهمها الأجداد)، أما اللغة العربية الفصحى لم تتغير وبقيت كما هي.
MELT UP (4 days ago)
Fun fact: Arabic wasn’t written with dots in the past, the dotting system was introduced later. So how did they know how to read before that? Just ask a Hebrew speaker how he/she reads Hebrew without the nikkud.
Nadim Almasri (5 days ago)
Hello . The word سبت comes not from Hebrew... both of words have the same root .. so you cant say this come from this . There is alot of words are same in both languages because they have the same root .
Langfocus (5 days ago)
I didn’t say it come from the Hebrew word, I said they are related. You’re right, they both come from an earlier root.
Mobile Management (5 days ago)
Most definitely everyone should learn modern standard Arabic especially the Arabs. Every Arabic country teachers and University modern standard Arabic so if you travel and you learn modern standard Arabic you will be able to communicate with all the educated people. The Arabs have been colonized and make fun of modern standard Arabic but modern standard Arabic is very beautiful and the most beautiful Arabic is Al-Fusha the Quranic Arabic , So Arab people should stop making fun of modern standard Arabic if they respect the religion of Islam because the Quran is in Al-Fusha the most beautiful Arabic. If someone learns modern standard Arabic they will be able to communicate with educated people. In any Arabic country they travel to.
Mobile Management (5 days ago)
اللغه العربيه جميله جدا كثيرا
Mobile Management (5 days ago)
Also to the maker of the video you did a wonderful job ,👍
Mobile Management (5 days ago)
It's important to learn modern standard Arabic because if you know modern standard Arabic you can communicate in any country that the people speak Arabic even if they don't use modern standard Arabic all the educated people will be able to communicate with you. Many of the Arabs or confused and then colonized and they make fun of modern standard Arabic, but modern standard Arabic is the most beautiful Arabic. Al-Fusha is the language of the Quran . So Arab people should really stop making fun of modern standard Arabic and Al-Fusha if they respect the religion of Islam.!! Because that is the language of the Quran.
Jamal Haider (5 days ago)
who masters standard Arabic can understand any dialect anywhere
Hussin Hizam (5 days ago)
افضل شرح شفته بحياتي حول العربية اتمنى لك التوفيق
Maestro Fabián (6 days ago)
Which Arabic language do you prefer learning? I prefer Moroccan language because there is a lot of resources to learn it, fantastic music, and Morocco is a wonderful country. Some people prefer Egyptian language because Egypt is a great country too, and there are some people that prefer Saudi Arabic to make business. And there are those whose prefer MSA, what it's a kind of Latin for Arabic people, a classical language that nobody use in their daily life, but it's useful for official porpuses and classical literature. All Arabic languages are different and beautiful.
MSA for sure Because you will have the ability to understand and talk with people speaking different dialects. Not the opposite.
Troll Not (6 days ago)
I'm going to watch this again and read all the comments because there's really good info. here ❤
Troll Not (6 days ago)
السلام عليكم⁦🇸🇦⁩ ❤ This one is less confusing 👌
Lea Prepon (6 days ago)
When l learnt English I found it very easy but when it comes to express my self Arabic has much more rich words with a lot of synonyms that describe even the most simple and complex feelings in amazing way !!
Lea Prepon (6 days ago)
اعتقد تعلم الفصحى اهم من العاميه تضمن لك تواصل وفهم اوسع I think learning standard Arabic would be more useful cuz it assure you widen understanding and communication rather than dialects
you're great Fag (6 days ago)
heathen SPIDER (7 days ago)
i'm an arab , and i fucking hate my language
shaboat Rad (7 days ago)
So damn cool
Kenny Arias (7 days ago)
5:42 Language overload error.
كيفكون ياجماعة بليز كل حدا عندو انستغرام يتابع هالحسابismet_caggini
アニメカワイ (7 days ago)
ISSAM SYR (7 days ago)
Milio (8 days ago)
Thanks for explaining how modern standard Arabic was "created". Very clear explanations for complex concepts. Congats.
freeeeelibyan (8 days ago)
Best language احسن لغة تحية لكل عربي
Bilal Lakdim (8 days ago)
العربية يبدو انك بذلت جهدا كثيرا لصنع هذا الفيديو لان قواعدها عميقة و صعبة وما ذكرته هو قليل هنها Arabic really it's amazing i think if u want learn it you should give it all your time GOOD LUCK
Joe Arid (8 days ago)
I'm Lebanese
braham ben 031 (8 days ago)
Hahaha am native Arabic and don't know how to explain my language as he did hahahah . Que bien
كل اللغات هي مجرد أصوات و كلمات إلا العربية فهي "صبغة إلهية " : (صبغة الله و من أحسن من الله صبغةً)
Great job. Very Good ilustraste.
Ibrahim Quraishi (8 days ago)
Cute how everyone is commenting in arabic but this is for the future students. As a 5 year student I would highly recommend becoming well versed in MSA. You don't need to become a phenomenal speaker of MSA because that is not used in casual conversations unless you're trying to get into politics. Strong knowledge of MSA lays the ground work for future dialects. During, or after studying MSA pick a dialect and stick to it. I picked the shaami/levantine dialect (honestly by random) but after exploring other dialects I've come to the conclusion that it's the easiest. Stay far away from the Moroccan dialect. That shits crazy.
قَوَاعِدُ اَللُّغَةِ اَلْعَرَبِيَّةِ أُخِذَتْ مِنَ اَلْقُرْآنْ ، فَاَلْقُرْآنُ هُوَ أَعْلَى مَرْجِعْ لِلُّغَةِ اَلْعَرَبِيَّةِ وَ قَدْ أُخِذَتْ قَوَاعِدُ اَلنَّحْوِ كُلُّهَا مِنَ اَلْقُرْآنِ اَلْقُرْآنْ هُوَ اَلْمَرْجِعْ فِي قَوَاعِدِ نَحْوِ اَللُّغَةِ اَلْعَرَبِيَّةِ إِقْرَؤُوا اَلْقُرْآنْ كَثِيرًا وَ سَيُصْبِحْ عِنْدَكُمُ حِسٌّ فِي اَللُّغَةِ اَلْعَرَبِيَّةِ وَ لَا تَعْتَمِدُوا إِعْتِمَاداً كُلِّياً عَلَى اَلْقَوَاعِدِ لِأَنَّ اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ تَحْتَوِي عَلَى اَلْكَثِيرِ مِنَ اَلْكَلِمَاتِ اَلشَّاذَّةِ فِي قَوَاعِدِهَا أَتَمَنَّى أَنْ يُوَفِّقُكُمُ اَلله لِلهُدَى
ZuKO LF (10 days ago)
Sounds disgusting. Shit
Mahamd_ محمد (10 days ago)
اللغة العربية التي يتحدث الناس بها اليوم هي لغة مضر وليس لغة حمير لانها ليست لغة عربية
aya tahery (11 days ago)
Arabic influenced Spanish and Portugese also some amazigh languages
Elessar Telcontar (12 days ago)
5:40 404 error
Halo Jumper (12 days ago)
10:25 The letter ط doesn't sound like a T while the ظ sounds more like ض mixed with ط and it doesn't sound like a Z.
Malik Alali (12 days ago)
Amazing report, good job Paul... Everything you've said 100% correct.. It is better to learn classic standard Arabic.. so everyone in Arabic countries will understand you
Z15TEEN (12 days ago)
when studying any language you should consider Standard One. And then you can adjust it to nearly any dialect.
Bon Bon (12 days ago)
05:40 Whoa, that was creepy :q
Alvaro Ruben Vera (13 days ago)
the cancer language
brnsonic (13 days ago)
alguien arregle la traducción a español, parece de Google en un momento
꧁ Zai47D ꧂ (13 days ago)
Cute and positive comments just how I want them to be. Love you😁👍
IRAQ is 37m arab and 3m kurd !!!! it is arab sity
Silvio Martins (13 days ago)
BCE = Before Christ Everlasting
Langfocus (13 days ago)
As you wish.
Layladventures Here (13 days ago)
The best form of Arabic to learn is standard classic Arabic, it is the only way to be able to communicate with all Arabic speakers, if you’re planningon living in one Arabic country then you can learn just that language. Also imo the most common dialect that almost every arab would understand is Lebanese/ Syrian or even Egyptian. Moroccan Algerian Tunisian imo is the most difficultdialect given the fact that it’s heavily mixed with French and some spanish
TheSwordfish009 (3 days ago)
If you were fluent in one dialect (let's say MSA or Egyptian), how long would it take to learn one of the other main dialects?
Layladventures Here (13 days ago)
There’s a mistake here, Ana o2alifo lkitaba not knitabi
Layladventures Here (13 days ago)
Im a native speaker, watching this makes me appreciate the fact that I speak this great language fluently ♥️
chinpokomon_ (13 days ago)
Is that for aliens? Seems very hard to learn
jamal gunter (13 days ago)
Another Excellent Video!!!!!
Axelwith777 (13 days ago)
If Arabic came before Hebrew then does that mean Quran came before TANAKH(Bible)?
Luis Angel (13 days ago)
From where did Sumerian language came From?
Mann SE (13 days ago)
the quran was revealed over 23 years not written over 23 years
mahde geming (14 days ago)
bright info (14 days ago)
You are a genius how you were able to speak Arabic
Ryuko ΘώΘ (7 days ago)
You are a genius how were able to speak English?
Nora Jaber (14 days ago)
لغتي العربية أجمل لغُات العالم
Ruben Gheraw (14 days ago)
Arabic is an desert language.
Soheib grabsi (15 days ago)
this guy gets his facts correct
Ah- Rizq (15 days ago)
Already classic 😃
Ah- Rizq (15 days ago)
Already classic 😃
Mohammad Qunbos (15 days ago)
Thanks for the amazing lesson, I grasped more of my language out of it, the answer to your question is learning standard Arabic, since learning dialects or" lahjat" wont do you much outside the place of that dialect,
MediumMemeMaster (15 days ago)
5:42 wtf did anyone else notice this-
MediumMemeMaster (15 days ago)
Langfocus oh wow I actually got a reply- Also, oof, I actually got scared the first time I saw it and did a rewind to make sure I wasn’t seeing things
Langfocus (15 days ago)
There have been 500 comments about it. lol
محب للعلم (16 days ago)
The North African countries of their native language are Amazigh and there is still Amazigh ⵜⴰⵏⴰⵎⵓⵔⵜ ⵢⵏⵓ ⴼⵍⴰⵜⵓⵏ ⴰⵉⴰⵉⵜⵎⴰ ⵉⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⵏ
idgaf (16 days ago)
The longest arabic word is "أَفَإِستَسقَينَاكُمُوهَا" You can pronounce it like this ... "affa'iistasqaynakumuha"
MSTkN XmX (16 days ago)
اللهجات اصعب من العربيه الفصحى ✋🏼
نتيجة Tv (16 days ago)
Are muslim ??
Ned Krema (17 days ago)
Thank you for interests in my native language .
Realistc guy (17 days ago)
Arabic is my native tonuge, but i prefer that you learn modern standard Arabic, and by socializing with the local arabs you will master both ways, i know Americans live here in my city for so long to the point that they know the local dilect, i was confused for a while with their passports shows they're Americans 😂😂, i work in a rental car company BTW
Erik Pulido Hernandez (17 days ago)
Allahu Akbar
Maidan LEBON (17 days ago)
This man knows arabic more than I do and I am a native arabic speaker
Marianne K (17 days ago)
I'm from Syria but I've lived in the west my whole life. I never learned MSA, but I speak Syrian dialect fluently since I speak it at home. In my opinion MSA would be the best to learn, since written text and media most often are in MSA. For me, not knowing MSA resulted in a lot of difficulties learning to read and write, since I usually don't understand what it is I'm reading. Same goes with not being able to understand tv shows, songs, the news etc. So you miss out on a lot of the culture if you are outside of an arab country. And if you are in one and you know MSA the arabs in that country will be able to communicate with you, no matter what arab country we're talking about.
Rimmah mh (18 days ago)
I would say its best to learn MSA because pretty much all Arabic speakers understand it, and it's just more useful and fascinating as a language in general
Djonny Simarmata (18 days ago)
sand written
GeistigFit (18 days ago)
this language is neither prununciable or writable. I think I'd rather stick to German cos that's easier.

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