This is a guest submission from Nouf, a native speaker from Saudi Arabia who blogs at Nouf On The Move.
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Did you know that Arabs have so many words for camels? 🙂
There are more than 6800 languages in the world
Indonesia alone has more than 700 languages
and India has more than 500 languages
and 50% of the countries of the world speak more than two languages
The whistling language
There's a language where words are whistles
It emerged in the Spanish Canary Islands
And because of its terrain this language was invented
Which can reach further than screaming
Up until today, the residents of this place use it in the general announcements and still teach it in the schools
The globalization of the Arabic language
In the Golden Age, the Arabic language was popular around the world just like English today
Everyone wanted to learn it
The language of science and the scientists - even Pope Pius XII learned the Arabic language
and Al-Khwarizmi, Al-Razi, Ibn Sina, Al-Zahrawi, and Ibn Al-Baitar among other non-Arabs
The limits of your language are the limits of your world
There are tribes that talk the universe's language
Using vocab such as north, south, east, west instead of right and left so they can have a wider range of expressions about their movements
In the Arabic language there are more than 30 words for camels because it means a lot to them. ''Al-dosar'' is the big camel, and ''Al-ba5t'' is the camel with the long neck
In the Eskimo [language] there are 53 words for snow
7% of the meaning is perceived from the word and 38% from the voice tone
And 55% of it from the body language. The body language was mentioned in the Qur'an for example in Surat-al-Nahal in (And when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark and he suppresses grief.) Meaning that from his facial expression he looked sad and upset
Also body language is different in every country. For example 'OK'
Thumbs up in America means OK, while in France it means zero and in Japan it means money
Good/helpful for the brain
Unlike what's believed that if you teach your child two languages he/she will be confused, science has proven that for the child who learns more than one language his/her intelligence increases compared to other children. That's because of the gray matter in the brain which is responsible for mental capacity
Imagine if salaries increased by 20% for those who knew multiple languages
Don't waste time. Go visit the new site to learn a new language.