Arabic Language - Different versions...
Thread poster: vramaswamaiah

Local time: 12:07
French to English
Dec 22, 2010

Dear Translators,

Anybody is aware of the different dialects available in Arabic language. Is there any difference between the usual Arabic language and Saudi Arabic language? Are there any major difference between the two? Please reply whoever has the answers for this.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Vidyashankar Ramaswamaiah.


Baraa Ajaj
Local time: 16:37
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Of course!! Dec 22, 2010

yes, there is many different dialects in Arabic. In Lebanon for instance, we speak a similar dialect to Syria, Jordan and Palestine . These five countries are called the Land of Sham and we basically share very similar cultural heritage. The Arabic gulf ( KSA, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen...) have a different dialect from the Land of Sham, but pretty similar among themselves. The Egyptian on the other hand, is unique ( no other country is similar to it) and the other Arab countries in Africa like Tunisia, Magreb and Algeria, they speak a dialect that has a lot of french terms and the dialect of the Barbar.

Hope that helps!!


Jørgen Madsen  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:37
English to Danish
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I know almost nothing about the Arabic language, but... Dec 22, 2010


Steve Booth  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:37
Member (2007)
English to Arabic
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the difference is mainly in spoken arabic Dec 22, 2010

There is one form of arabic known as Modern Standard Arabic or Fusha. This is the form of arabic you generally find written.

Each country then has its spoken dialect and although there are similarities between some countries there are also differences between them and frequently within the same country as well.

Very occasionally you will come across material written in a dialect but most printed material is MSA.


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