Random notes about the Arabic language

General facts:

– 295 million users of the Arabic language as of 2010

– it belongs in the language family of: Afro-Asiatic–> semitic–> central semitic–> Arabic

– it is the standard language in 27 states, the 3rd most after English and French

– some of the spoken varieties are mutually unintelligible, both written and orally.

– if all varieties are considered separate, the variety with the most number of users is the Egyptian Arabic, with 54 million speakers.

– in the US, Arabic is the 25th most spoken language

– modern written language is derived from Quran, the liturgical language of Islam

– Arabic is written in abjad script, right to left.