The Difference Between Modern and Classical Arabic Language
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The Arabic language is quite unique when it comes to Classical Arabic and Modern Arabic. In some ways they are very different, while in others they are quite similar. There are divergences that are limited to lexical meanings along with a few elements of style and some grammatical constructions. Aside from these things, both classical and modern Arabic are pretty similar. However, the similarities between these two forms of Arabic means only that the speaker of one kind needs some instruction in order to learn the other kind. It doesn’t mean that someone from the 7th century will totally understand someone who speaks modern Arabic, or that someone who speaks modern Arabic will easily learn the classic version of the Quran without some basic training. Because of this, learners are better off beginning with classical Arabic so that when they begin learning modern Arabic the transition will be an easier one.
Classical or modern, each Arab speaking country (and in many cases, each separate community) speak using their personal slag and dialect. The biggest difference is that with classical Arabic puts heavier focus on number and grammar. It is vital to speak slowly and deliberately since applying all the rules of the language is a complex experience. I much of the slag versions, there are several shortcuts and grammar rules left out to the point that many people who use slag talk struggle to articulate and understand classical Arabic. Overall, the difference between classical and modern Arabic is like the difference between Urdu and Arabic and English and Arabic. Classic Arabic is also known as Koranic Arabic because this type of language is what is found in the Muslim Holy Book.
Also known as ancient Arabic, classical Arabic came out of the pre-Islamic era. It is highly intricate, nuanced, imaginative and sophisticated. Those who spoke it (and still do) pride themselves heavily on its usage. The grammar is very involved and complex and the vocabulary is quite layered and highly contextualize. Some will say that its beauty if unmatched by any language on earth. But how much is classical Arabic used today? Why and when did it deteriorate in its application and relevance of the Muslim world? One answer is that before the formation of Islam, the Arab world was more socially isolated. The language they spoke was created in an environment that was sheltered. On the other hand, their language was a means of pride and self-identification. However, once the Arab world experienced contact with other nations and cultures, things began to change. Nevertheless, even today you may find many Arab speakers that still care by the beauty of the words written in the Koran.
Modern Arabic is known as the proper way to speak Arabic. It is the one of choice for Arab new programs, newspapers, and other formal settings. The grammar is more sensitive and is less colloquial and more annunciated. Casual Arab settings it is still considered to be pretentious to use modern language though. However, this type of Arabic is generally taught in schools because it is thought to be more simplified in nature. Basically, it is a skimmed over version of the classical language.
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