Arabic: Food for the Mind

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Arabic: Food for the Mind

Khyannia Banks GSWLA junior

Khyannia Banks GSWLA junior

Khyannia Banks GSWLA junior

Khyannia Banks GSWLA junior

Khyannia Banks

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There are growing opportunities for Arabic speakers

Arabic speakers stand out on college & scholarship applications due to the challenging nature of the language and lack of foreign speakers in the American workforce. Below are links to scholarships specifically for students that are seeking to either further their knowledge in Arabic through college or travel abroad to Arabic speaking countries.

Arabic will be useful in the future

Contrary to popular belief, there are careers in journalism, public policy, diplomacy, and health care. The demand for Arabic speakers exceeds the supply of Arabic speakers & it is useful in over 20 countries, rather that be interacting with the people or indulging in the workforce/ business side of things. According to leadwithlanguages.org, Arabic is the fastest growing second language in the U.S since 2010 (leadwithlanguages.org). Currently the U.S government is in need for more Arabic speakers due to the current issues concerning U.S involvement with the Middle East and North Africa.

Arabic helps students gain a respect & appreciation for Arab culture

In American society there is often times a misunderstanding and sometimes distrust of Arab Americans. Learning Arabic is a step towards gaining an appreciation for the rich and diverse Arab culture and expanding your worldview. Every individual that learns Arabic and/or takes the initiative to understand Arab culture can then go out and spread their newfound knowledge. By doing that not only are you enriching your own life but those around you. You’re also helping mold America into a space where Arab people are free to be Arab and/or Muslim without facing any animosity for it.

Learning Arabic is a healthy Challenge

Due to the drastic differences between Arabic and English it can be a challenge for some English speakers to learn Arabic. Challenging your brain in that way is healthy and will make learning other subjects easier. According to two researchers of the University of Haifa when learning the Arabic language both hemispheres of are utilized thus, developing and enhancing your perceptive and cognitive skills.

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