Languages that use the Arabic script?
I know Arabic, Kurdish and Persian use it but what other languages do?
One of my favorite languges written with Arabic script is Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە). Not only does it not have the difficult task of memorizing the vowels in a word (because in Uyghur, ALL vowels are written!), but it also has agglutination and vowel harmony, two of my favorite features of a language.
It's a Turkic language, sharing ties with Turkish, and more closely with Uzbek.
I found it on omniglot. It can be written in Latin, Cyrillic, or Arabic scripts. Spoken by 25m. Belongs to the Turkic Karkuk family. Pretty awesome looking language I gotta say. It might be what I’ve been looking for.
By the way, it's "Karluk," not "Karkuk." The webpage had a typo.
Urdu is another (pakistan). Good for getting kurdish, that was the one I was thinking when I saw your post! I have some friends from the Kurdish region of Iraq. I bet there is one in the somalia, djibuti, Sudan area; actually I would think quite a few taking into acount linguistic diversity. I also looked it up and 'Dari' (afghanistan) like persian is in the script as well.
Those are the ones I can think of, but looking it up online there are a ton of others listed.
Why do you ask?
I just love the script. It’s beautiful but I’m not interested in learning Arabic.
Ok. I liked it too. I have a notebook where I used to write sometimes in arabic (I know basic arabic); it looks pretty cool and there are few people from the United States who learn that which is neat. It is really frustrating to speak though, especially learning FoossHaa (modern standard arabic/MSA) and the effort requiered to say basic things is extraordinary.
Also Eevreet. Hebrew? That doesn't seem like a coincidence.
It’s not. I didn’t know what name to pick so I wrote it in the Latin alphabet. My problem is I’m gay so most Arabic speaking countries aren’t safe so I was hoping to find a language that uses that script that is from a safe country.
Yeah don't go there...Morocco? I mean, it all depends on your comfort level. Are you Israeli? Or just jewish. I mean people can't see that you are gay and you could travel keeping that part of your self on the down low. But really all that depends on your comfort level. Then there is the west bank and parts of Israel which can be pretty calm depending on where you are.
I am not really aware of any country that is progressive on gay rights and has an arabic script-based language. I mean, is this for travel, or what? Because there are pockets of Arabic speakers in other parts of the world.
Ok about not being jewish. I find it peculiar you have learned any of that language. Israel is a place to be able to be gay and use arabic, and hebrew; though like most places, there are always people with different views. But still, I find it peculiar you are learning that.
Yeah. I see what you mean, but I don't agree for a practical sense. When I traveled in the West Bank, I made sure not to bring up being Jewish in case I ran into that one person who is angry about that. I am ok with hiding parts of my identity at times to see different parts of the world, despite what 'should' be ok; some people are just crazy.
Yeah you are not Israeli. There are places in Israel where one can use arabic and its fine.
And do you know hebrew? I used to know how to read it better phonetically when I was younger and I think it would be cool to re-learn.
It’s partly a travel thing but also I had planned to make a pledge to not speak English for a year and I’m looking for a language that is beautiful in it's writing. If the writing is nice I can overcome all of its difficulties. lol I speak a little Hebrew but I'm neither Israeli nor Jewish.
Arabic or Devanagari scripts would be nice, or even something similar.
Yes, I could easily hide being gay since I don’t “look or sound” like a stereotype but it’s the principle of the thing, you know? I shouldn’t have to.
Um? I'm not sure why? I understand Hebrew is sacred to Jews but the Jewish people are not the arbiters of who can and can't speak a language. I tend not to associate Israel with Arabic but I guess it is an official language.
Yeah, but you shouldn’t have to hide that you’re Jewish.
Of course. I just find it interesting, and often peculiar when people try to learn it. Like I live in a state where are all these people who thinks its fascinating that I knew some hebrew, in a creepy kind of way. And its just a different notion for me when someone who is not jewish or like has some connection to Israel wants to learn the language. I think it is kind of strange.
Yes. But I would rather do that than have run into the one person who would have wanted to stab me because of that.