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Lexicon: Arabic

Date(s) - 01/27/2021
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

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International Relations Council

Wed, January 27, 2021 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM PST

About this Event

Serving as the the lingua franca of the Arab world, Arabic Arabic, in its standard form, is the official language of 26 states, as well as the liturgical language of the religion of Islam. Arabic is the liturgical language of 1.8 billion Muslims, while also serving as one of six official languages of the United Nations. On Wednesday, January 27, Dr. Ranya Ahmed, Senior Researcher at Legal Services Corporation in Washington D.C., will provide an overview of the Arabic alphabet, address the many dialects of the language, as well as provide cultural context for the fifth most-spoken language in the world.

About Lexicon

There are around 6500 languages spoken throughout the world today, but how many can we name, much less speak? The International Relations Council is proud to present Lexicon, a weekly digital interactive program that will introduce you to a language you may not know much about. Each week, IRC members and friends will offer some history and context on a different language, let you sample the look and sounds of the language, and give you some hints on where you can experience more of the language and the cultures it represents – and you just might walk away with a new word or two. Linguists of all levels welcome!

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