اليوم العالمي للغة العربية World Arabic Language Day

UNESCO has declared 18 December World Arabic Language Day. What will your school do to celebrate?

The following Arabic text is from the UNESCO website. There are some questions below.

اعتمد اليونسكو يوم 18 كانون الأول/ديسمبر يوما عالميا للغة العربية

وجاء في القرار الذي اقترحته كل من المملكة المغربية والمملكة العربية السعودية، أن المجلس التنفيذي “يدرك ما للغة العربية من دور وإسهام في حفظ ونشر حضارة الإنسان وثقافته” وأن هذه اللغة “هي لغة اثنين وعشرين عضواً من الدول الأعضاء في اليونسكو وهي لغة رسمية في المنظمة ويتحدث بها ما يزيد عن 422 مليون عربي، ويستعملها أكثر من مليار ونصف من المسلمين”.

كما ذكرت اليونسكو بضرورة التعاون على أوسع نطاق بين الشعوب من خلال التعدد اللغوي والتقارب الثقافي والحوار الحضاري

بتاريخ 18 كانون الأول 1973 اعتمدت اللغة العربية ضمن اللغات الرسمية ولغات العمل المقررة في الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة.

1. Which countries proposed the day?

2. Arabic is the language of how many UNESCO member states?

3. How many Arabs speak the language?

4. When did Arabic become an official language of the UN General Assembly?

5. How would you write the following:

a. UNESCO has adopted 18 December as World Arabic Day

b. preserving and spreading human civilisation and culture

c. the official language in the region

d. more than 1.5 billion Muslims use it

e. more wide-ranging cooperation

f. linguistic diversity

g. UN General Assembly

Here are some videos and songs celebrating World Arabic Day

A school shares its presentations celebrating Arabic:

Inspring words from Taha Hussein:

Not a very interesting video but a rousing anthem to the Arabic language:

Students performing:

And finally… what do you think of the logo created by UNESCO for the occasion? Besides 18, what numbers can you see, and what do you think they mean?

About Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Literary translator from Arabic, German and Russian into English
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3 Responses to اليوم العالمي للغة العربية World Arabic Language Day

  1. Oh I didn’t know that. Why didn’t I read your post in December? Now I have to wait ONE YEAR to celebrate. I recently wrote a post about Arabic by the way, hope you enjoy it: http://mhlanguagereviews.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/7-reasons-why-you-should-learn-arabic/

  2. nisamudheen km says:

    أحسنتم اللذين حاولو لهذه العمل الجادة و الجيدة

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