Hebrew vs. Arabic
Hello everyone! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is Hebrew vs. Arabic!!!
In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it and the other competitions are here as well: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242
We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)
Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose who's your winner in this round. DON'T FORGET: we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!
- Spoken: https://youtu.be/5ax900reMWM
- Sung: https://youtu.be/yn7FLSctfwI
- Written: כל בני האדם נולדו בני חורין ושווים בערכם ובזכויותיהם. כולם חוננו בתבונה ובמצפון, לפיכך חובה עליהם לנהוג איש ברעהו ברוח של אחווה.
While Hebrew doesn't sound bad, I really like the way Arabic sounds because of the large amount of consonants that don't exist in English, like ه, ق, and ع (and many more) and the relatively small number of vowels. It has a certain flow that Hebrew lacks. Round 1 goes to Arabic.
Hmm, this is tricky. Even though I like the way Arabic sounds, Hebrew also sounds really nice when sung. I'm a bit biased towards Hebrew since I'm much more familiar with Hebrew songs and music than Arabic songs and music. Honestly, I can't decide.
Though I think that Arabic calligraphy is really beautiful (even more beautiful than Hebrew calligraphy), in normal Unicode text, I find Arabic to be a bit... chaotic, I guess? It's kinda tough on the eyes, with all the wild curves and diacritics and dots and lines going straight up. Hebrew is really geometric, almost entirely straight lines and right angles, making much easier on the eyes but still really cool. Again, perhaps I'm a little biased since I'm a lot more comfortable with the Hebrew writing system than Arabic, but Hebrew wins round 3 for me.
In the end... it's a tie. But I'm ok with that, they're both really interesting languages with their own pros, cons, and features. I honestly really like them both.