Arabic language has numerous dialects within five regional forms. The Arabic language is Semitic language and traces its roots to the Arabian Peninsula. The major difference occurs between the spoken languages that are found in different regions. For instance, some form of Arabic is not incomprehensible to other people from other regions i.e. Persian Gulf and North African Arabic. The Arabic language is distinctive across country borders, within countries, geographical regions and even between villages and cities. Another distinction should be made when defining spoken language situations from formally standardized language that is common in a prepared speech or writing. The spoken language is learned from the region the learner comes from while formal language is learned in school. Formal language is further classified as Classical Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic, but the distinction is minimal. Some of the Arabic dialects are bridgeable, and one person can comprehend the other dialect.
It is estimated there are twelve dialects that are used in more than twenty eight countries across the world (Alorifi, 2011). The spread of Islam to these countries is because of Islam and sometimes the nomadic lifestyle of some of the Arabians. Some of the common Arabic dialects include Lebanese Arabic, Egyptian Arabic and Arabian Arabic (Diouri, 2011). Others are Yemeni Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Palestinian Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Iraqi Arabic and Andalusia Arabic. These languages are used for spoken purposes but for official public media, broadcasts and documents; the Modern Standard Arabic is used.
Countries in North Africa and Middle East use the language predominately (Diouri, 2011). Arabic language is the official language in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Apart from these regions, there are additional regions such as Israel, Sudan and Somaliland where Arabic is commonly spoken (Alorifi, 2011). In addition, those countries with the Islamic religion also have people who speak and use Arabic for religion and social practices based on context. The population of people speaking Arabic has continued to grow because of business and social requirements. In addition, tourism and religion conversion have increased the number of people who speak Arabic language, and more countries are embracing religious diversity.
Arabic is spoken and used in United States of American and is associated with persons with Arabic heritage commonly called Arab Americans. The Arab Americans moved from Arab World in forms of immigration. It is estimated there are more than 1.5 million Arab American based on the 2010 U.S. census (Alorifi, 2011). The Arab America lives in all of the American States and also in Washington, D.C. The city that has the largest Arabic language speakers is Dearborn, which is found in Detroit while others are New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C (Diouri, 2011). The Arab Americans have played an important role in social, political, cultural and economic activities in United States of America.
In conclusion, Arabic language dialects are Semantic language and originate from Arab Peninsula. There are estimated twelve dialects and the spoken dialects differ across regions since it is spoken at home while Modern Standard Arabic is learned in school. The Modern Standard Arabic language is for official use especially in media and documents. Arabic language is commonly spoken in North Africa and Middle East, but the language is spoken partly in regions that profess Islam. It is believed Islam, and Nomadic practices spread Arabic into different parts of the world. Arabic language is also spoken in United States of America, and Arab language is found in the fifty states include Washington, D.C.