Swedish dialect and Arabic language challenge

Arabic is a widely spoken language in the Middle East and North Africa. What is interesting about this language is that it is in a similar situation to Latin, in that there is a form of Arabic called MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) which is used in media and in formal settings.

The colloquial language has moved on however, to the point that the different “dialects” of Arabic are now in many places mutually unintelligible. MSA is based on the language of the Quran which was written many many centuries ago and so reflects a much older form of the language.

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