Arabic (العربية is spoken by more than 230 million people as a first language, most of whom live in the Middle East and North Africa. Literary Arabic is the official language of 26 states, and the liturgical language of Islam since it is the language of the Qur'an, the Islamic Holy Book. Arabic has many different, geographically distributed spoken varieties, some of which are mutually unintelligible. Modern Standard Arabic (also called Literary Arabic) is widely taught in schools, universities, and used in workplaces, government and the media.
Colloquial Arabic "amayaa" as the regional Arabic varieties are known locally, have their own unique words, expressions and grammars that covers a diverse geographical area from West Afrika to Oman. Arabic varieties are divided into Maghrebi, Eastern and Gulf Arabic.
- Maghrebi Arabic or North African Arabic
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