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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2789

Emergence of Arabic as an important language internationally

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

A recent British Council report calls on policy makers in Britain to introduce a broader range of languages into every child’s education.

The study the ‘Languages for the Future’, also rates the languages most important languages to learn.

At present French is the only language where fluent speakers in double figures (15%) in UK. Even the football chiefs joined the in condemning UK’s performance in languages, warning lack of language skills would make it difficult for UK players to play or coach abroad.

It was pointed out that being able to speak another language opens up a world of opportunities.

On Arabic the report said six Arabic speaking countries appear among the UK’s top 50 export market in goods with a combined value to the economy of over Stg. Pounds 12 billion – more than the value of UK exports to Spain, China or Italy.

Arabic has emerged as one of the priority languages for the Foreign and Commonwealth office. It is their intention to increase the number of diplomats trained in Arabic by 40 percent.

There is no doubt that Arabic will emerge as one of the important languages in the world in the very near future.

- Asian Tribune -

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