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Kuwait Arabic Language

Foreigners usually mistakenly call every language that is spoken by almost 200 million people in more than 22 Arabic countries “Arabic”. In truth, Arabic varies from country to country and is now a series of mutually incomprehensible dialects. When Arabs from different regions talk to each other, they use a mix of Egyptian Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and a bit of their own dialects.

The Classic Arabic (CA) is the language of the Quran, Arab poetry and literature. It is the archaic form that was spoken from the 7th to 9th centuries and has remained unchanged for centuries. The MSA is the same as CA except it is adapted to modern needs, enriched with new expressions and pitched to the casual speech. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and the literary standard across the Middle East and North Africa – most books, newspapers, magazines, official documents and reading primers for small children are written in MSA. Arabic speakers sometimes do not even distinguish between MSA and CA and nobody speaks either of them in their everyday lives any more i.e. encountering somebody in Europe to speak Latin. However, everybody in the Arab world understands MSA because they learn it at school.

Throughout Kuwait’s history, Arabic language has been influenced by other societies and their languages. In Kuwait, there are differences between the dialects spoken in urban areas and those spoken in rural areas. However, most Kuwaitis now speak an Arabic dialect in their colloquial daily discourse, known as Gulf Arabic. This dialect is also known by the name Khaliji in Kuwait and by the names Al Hasaa and Khamseh in other countries as it is spoken widely in both the shores of the Persian Gulf. It’s similar to Classic Arabic. One important characteristic of Gulf Arabic is the presence of very few Persian words. In this language you will find that the letter 'k' is pronounced as 'ch', the letter 'q' is pronounced as 'g' and the letter 'j' as 'y'.





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