Arabic – world language with a history
The Arabic language is one of the most common languages in the world. Arabic is spoken by around 300 million people around the world. It is spoken not only in Arab countries, but also in Asia and Africa. Arabic is therefore regarded as a world language and is even one of the six languages of the United Nations.
Arabic is also a language with a very long tradition. The first written documentation is a Quran text dating back to the year 610. Poetry from the 7th and 8th centuries additionally show that Arabic must be a very old language. The spread of Islam and the numerous Arab conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries greatly expanded the reach of the Arabic language, which today ranks among the five most commonly spoken languages in the world.
And not only the language itself but also the writing system is widespread. Arabic script is the most widespread writing system in the world after Latin script. Although the script’s origin is not yet fully understood, the written letters used today are based on the symbols for the consonants (abjad). The special aspect of Arabic is the writing direction: from right to left. The curved and flowing script, which beginners find fascinating and amazing, gave rise to the art of calligraphy.
The Langenscheidt Arabic-German dictionary
This dictionary offers around 50.000 keywords and phrases from standard Arabic and common German as well as from all major subject areas along with the corresponding translations. Since idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms breathe life into language, they are taken into account in this dictionary. References to subject areas and stylistic levels make it easier to find the appropriate translation. In addition, Austrian and Swiss expressions are adequately represented.
Learning Arabic has advantages
Arabic is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. It is, after all, the mother tongue of about 320 million people and the official language of many countries: Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti (alongside French), Eritrea (alongside Tigrinya), Iraq (alongside Kurdish), Israel (alongside Hebrew), Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Comoros (alongside French and Comorian), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco (alongside Tamazight), Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia (alongside Somali), Sudan (alongside English), Syria, Chad (alongside French), Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Learning the Arabic language opens up many opportunities for intercultural communication and exchanges between nations – on both a professional and on a private level.
At home or on the road: the Arabic-German dictionary is always available
Langenscheidt has compiled its years of experience and linguistic knowledge to come up with the best Arabic online dictionary, no matter where you are. The dictionaries can be accessed on your PC, tablet or smartphone. Its appealing design makes the Arabic-German dictionary easy to use, whether while travelling or in everyday life. Langenscheidt language products can be viewed anywhere and are very user-friendly, no matter how big or small your device.
Search in the Arabic-German dictionary with the help of letters
If you are unsure of a word that you would like to translate, just click on one of the letters below to display the whole list of Arabic words in the Arabic-German dictionary. This is a good option if you do not know the correct spelling of the word.