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Old 03-22-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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^ most Indonesians and Malaysians for that matter do not have a working knowledge of Arab. I would say that's probably the same for most non-Arabic Muslim countries. Although many religious people do learn Arab, they obviously also have the Quran translated into their own languages.
I looked online for some statistics, as well as some anecdotal evidence, for Arabic spoken outside of predominantly Arab countries, and indeed that is the story that I have found so far.

For example, I found statistics for the languages spoken in Indonesia, and Arabic is not even among them, at least not statistically significant. Tried the same for Malaysia and found no significant reference to Arabic.

The source that other99 takes is from the Arab language program of a linguistics department at a some US university in the mid-west which obviously has a business marketing interest in promoting its product. But I could find no significant hard statistics to back up these claims.

 
Old 03-22-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: DF
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^ most Indonesians and Malaysians for that matter do not have a working knowledge of Arab. I would say that's probably the same for most non-Arabic Muslim countries. Although many religious people do learn Arab, they obviously also have the Quran translated into their own languages.
Actually, even most Pakistanis, Indian Muslims,Bengali Muslims, as well as Indonesian Muslims (30% of the world's muslim adherents) don't have a functional level of Arabic. I doubt a lot of Iranians have a functional knowledge of Arabic as well. They may know the prayers and little words the way Catholics knew some latin before the Second Vatican Council eventually gave way for sermons to be in the vernacular.
 
Old 03-22-2013, 01:49 PM
 
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Iranians don't speak Arab (except for the Arab minority in the Gulf), but they use the Arab alphabet. Arabs is spoken by Arab countries (Irak, Syria, Jordan, UAE, Palestina, Lebanon) and by North African contries that are not Arabs.
 
Old 03-23-2013, 06:01 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Yes as a lingua franca Arab is largely confined to the above-mentioned countries. The Arabic alphabet, however, is used in Iran and Pakistan, and also sometimes in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei where it is known as 'Jawi.' Some students in Islamic school learn how to read and write in this script.
 
Old 03-23-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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No with china being such a fast growing economy of importance in the world Chinese would be more important to learn;IMO. Speakig spanish will just get you a few bucks in lower paying jobs ;really.
 
Old 03-24-2013, 03:31 AM
 
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Read my lips, Spanish will be the official language of the US in less than a century.
 
Old 03-24-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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Read my lips, Spanish will be the official language of the US in less than a century.
No, it won't
 
Old 03-24-2013, 09:52 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Read my lips, Spanish will be the official language of the US in less than a century.
Indeed it will not.
 
Old 03-24-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Belgium
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Read my lips, Spanish will be the official language of the US in less than a century.
Bull****. In parts of the United States (the southwest and South-Florida), Spanish will be (is already) very important, yes. But there's more to America than the southwest, if you didn't notice.
 
Old 03-24-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Outer Boroughs, NYC
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@Komodo. An "official Spanish" United States, even by the end of this century, is unlikely. I can give you many reasons why this probably will never happen. I speak four languages and know the linguistic situation here pretty well.
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