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The Arabic language comes from Semitic languages

The Semitic languages are a branch of the Afro-asiatic language family originating in the Middle East. Semitic languages are spoken by more than 470 million people across much of Western Asia, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, as well as in large expatriate communities in North America and Europe. The terminology was first used in the 1780s by German orientalists von Schlözer and Eichhorn, who derived the name from Shem, one of the three sons of Noah in the Book of Genesis.

The most widely spoken Semitic languages today are (numbers given are for native speakers only) Arabic (300 million), Amharic (22 million), Tigrinya (7 million), and Hebrew (unknown; 6 million native and non-native L1 speakers).

Classical Arabic is the language of the Qur’an. Arabic is closely associated with the religion of Islam because the Qur’an is written in the language, but it is nevertheless also spoken by Arab Christians, Mizrahi Jews and Iraqi Andeans.

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17 Jan 2022, 4am

17 Jan 2022, 4am Good Morning Australia (Arabic)

10 Jan 2022, 4am

10 Jan 2022, 4am Good Morning Australia (Arabic)

3 Jan 2022, 4am

3 Jan 2022, 4am Good Morning Australia (Arabic)

27 Dec 2021, 4am

27 Dec 2021, 4am Good Morning Australia (Arabic)

20 Dec 2021, 4am

20 Dec 2021, 4am Good Morning Australia (Arabic)

13 Dec 2021, 4am

13 Dec 2021, 4am Good Morning Australia (Arabic)

6 Dec 2021, 4am

6 Dec 2021, 4am Good Morning Australia (Arabic)

29 Nov 2021, 4am

29 Nov 2021, 4am Good Morning Australia (Arabic)