The Arabic Language
As one of six official languages of the United Nations and the fifth most spoken language in the world, Arabic has 310 million first-language speakers. There are also 270 million second-language speakers in the world.
In its standard form, Modern Standard Arabic, is the most used, of its thirty varieties and three dialects, Western, Northern, and Southern. Written from right to left, Arabic script, contains letters and symbols. The Arabic language has influenced languages from Spanish, Persian, and Greek to Bulgarian, Tagalog, and Hausa, and is an official language of more than twenty countries. It is also the national language of Mali and Senegal.