English As An International Language Essay

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Arabic is the official language in 22 countries, which also for the Arab league. It is also the second major language in Chad, Israel, Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkenistan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Djibouti and Mauritania. In addition, Arabic is the language of the holy Quran, all Muslims irrespective of nationality are to some degree familiar with Arabic, and therefore influenced by how language works.

The formal Arabic language is knows as Al-Fusha or Classical Arabic, which is the language used in the Quran and is considered as the foundation of the syntactic and grammatical norms of Arabic. Al-Fusha remains widely used by scholars, poets and taught in schools. Today, it’s considered more of a written language than spoken. English is considered as an international language, therefore it is essential students learning English learn to communicate as comprehensibly and intelligibly as possible. It is also important they understand English when spoken in different accents.

In this essay, I aim to analyse the English phonotactics of Arabic speaking English learners to determine the pronunciation complications they encounter. There are many differences in between English and Arabic phonemic systems. One of the differences is the vowel system. There are only three vowels in Arabic, /a/ /i/ /u/. These vowels are marked by diacritic on the letters and at times are unwritten. The vowels are not part of the Arabic alphabetic or spelling, they…

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