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  • 1. Arabic languages and dialects
  • 2. Distribution of Arabic (green) as sole official language (blue) one of several official or national languages .
  • 3. Who?
  • 4. Colloquial vs. Formal • Arabic in its native environment typically occurs in a "diglossic" situation, meaning that native speakers learn and use two substantially different language forms in different aspects of their lives; • it is very difficult to find a situation where one type is used exclusively;
  • 5. Illiteracy
  • 6. Literacy rates
  • 7. Dialects
  • 8. Egyptian Hollywood? • Egyptian Arabic (Egypt) Considered the most widely understood and used "second dialect" ; • media language of the Arabic countries.
  • 9. • The Largest number of arabs lived in New york City • Arabs were 30% of the population in Dearborn, Michigan
  • 10. Lebanese in the USA • Lebanese immigrants are largest subgroup of Arabic speaking immigrants in America. • Approximately one-third of persons reporting Arab ancestry were Lebanese
  • 11. Conclusion • Egyptian arabic is spoken and understood by most arabs; • In the United States the most spoken arabic dialect is Lebanese; • However, Lebanese and Egyptian are not too different from each other;