A Linguistic Comparison: Arabic and English

Evin Hughes

The Arabic language is a community of languages that differ from one Arab country to the next. For example, the current Arabic professor on Georgia Southern University’s campus, Youssef Salhi, is from Morocco, one of his teaching assistants is from Tunisia, and his other teaching assistant is from Egypt. All three of these professionals speak a different dialect of a language that is held together by a standard referred to as “Modern Standard Arabic,” though each dialect is very different. In fact one of my fellow Arabic language students, Nadia Dreid, who is from Libya, can speak Arabic well when she goes to see her relatives, yet she sometimes struggles in our Arabic language course because the Arabic that she knows is different from Modern Standard Arabic.

Perhaps this is one reason that there are several controversial topics being discussed lately about the Arabic language and the linguistics of the…

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