History Paper on Exploration Guide For Hebrew, Arabic And Persian

Exploration Guide For Hebrew, Arabic And Persian

Learning a language is the starting point of exploring a culture, since language is one of the means of expressing culture. As such, learning a new language comes with the ability to understand its culture and experience its unique aesthetics. Moreover, the contemporary world the world has become a global village hence people might find themselves working in foreign areas where different languages such as Persia, Hebrew, and Arabic, are spoken. Speaking or understanding such languages would go a long way in assisting persons to interact with the local people of the areas.


The Persian language

Persian is spoke by the people of Persia. However, Persia has not existed for the last eight decades since the king of Persia, Reza Shah, decided that his country would be named Iran. As such, the official language of Iran is Persian, which is known as Farsi to its speakers in Ira and the surrounding countries such as Afghanistan and Tajikistan, which were once part of the Persian Empire. The language is beautiful, unique, and poetic. With respect to Foreign Service Institute’s rankings, it is rated 4 out of 5 because of the difficulty experienced in learning the language (Shirali-Shahreza 340). Additionally, the language shares some similarities with the English language, especially in its pronunciation aspect. When learning the language, the factors to take into consideration include that the language is spelt phonetically, has a case-free alphabet, is just joined-up handwriting, and its 32 letters come in groups and most of them are redundant.

It is critical to note that the language’s writing direction is exclusively right-to-left. As such, learning, reading and writing the language might be quite challenge for a person who is used on the left-to-right direction that is characteristic of languages such as English, French, and German among other popular languages.  However, several features of the language enable a person to learn it within a short period. For instance, it lacks capital and small numbers, has redundant letters, and it is phonetic. As such, for a person who is interested in learning the Persian history and culture in a comprehensive manner, learning the language can be a worthy investment. With enough time and support, I would to learn the spoken Persian language.

The Arabic Language

The Arabic language is one of the most important languages in the world especially because it is spoken by more than 300 million people in more than 20 countries across the world. However, research on the language shows that it has several sub-dialects, which several points of divergence with the standard Arabic. Essentially, the language is phonetic and poetic and has more characters than the Persian language (Shirali-Shahreza 340). When learning the language, the first thing to take into consideration is that it belongs to the Semitic language family, which also comprises languages such as Aramaic and Hebrew. Its Alphabet is comprised of 28 letters and it is crucial to learn them before learning the language.

Like the Persian language, its writing direction is exclusively right-to-left hence can pose a big challenge to a learner who is used to the left-to-right writing direction. However, the language places immense emphasis on pronunciation and the sound produced by the mouth when a person speaks (Shirali-Shahreza 340). Additionally, it should be noted that the aspect of the language being made up different dialects can pose a challenge for a person who might wish to learn it from scratch. However, if a person sticks to one dialect instead of pursuing the modern Arabic language, the process of learning the language eases. As such it is possible for a person to learn the language in two years.

The Hebrew language

Lastly, the Hebrew language, which is spoken by about 8 million people who are predominantly Jews, is fun to learn. Similar to other sematic languages, it is written from the right to left. Additionally, when sounding a word, it is advisable to remember the language’s Vowel (V) and Consonant (C)’s patterns (Helyer 200). In Hebrew, a vowel always follows a consonant. Interestingly, the language’s alphabet is made up of 22 consonants with no vowels. In this case, the vowels are made up of dots and dashes which are added above and below the consonants hence leading the language being described as the language of dots and dashes by linguistics.


The analysis of the three languages reveals that they are quite hard to read since they does not follow the rules followed by most languages. Its unconventional ways of writing vowels can throw a learner from the western world off easily. However, learning the languages spoken form is easier. The languages are phonetic and lay a lot of emphasis on pronunciation (Helyer 200). Additionally, the language cannot be dissociated from the culture which it portrays (Jewish culture) since it can be seen that some history of the Israelites can only be understood perfectly if read in Hebrew. As such, I am of the opinion that learning them can be fun and be implemented with sufficient time and guidance.



Works Cited

Helyer, Larry R. Exploring Jewish literature of the Second Temple period: A guide for New Testament students. InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Shirali-Shahreza, Mohammad. “A New Persian/Arabic Text Steganography Using “La” Word.” Advances in Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (2008): 339-342. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-4020-8741-7_61?LI=true