Today Arabic is spoken throughout the Arabian Peninsula: Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen and Chad. It is the mother tongue of over 225 million people in Africa and Asia. And since the Qur’an is written in Arabic, people in other Muslim countries have from basic to advanced knowledge of Arabic. Click here for more information.
Chinese is spoken by over one billion (1,000,000,000) people. This means that one of every five people in the world is a Chinese speaker. Chinese culture is among the earth’s oldest; Chinese literature, art, and philosophy have a tradition that is thousands of years old. The Chinese economy is the fastest growing in the world and Chinese political, social, and cultural influence is everywhere.
The Chinese language is the door to all of this. Ohio’s Chinese program can help prepare you to participate in this world. Click here for more information.
The Ohio University Department of Linguistics offers many English language programs and services for English Language students and teachers, for international community members, for Ohio University departments, schools, and colleges, and for organizations in need of language and culture training. Click on the links below to find the program to fit your needs.
Over 130 million people around the world speak Japanese; most live in Japan, but Japanese speakers live in almost every country around the world. Japanese has three writing systems; Kanji (Chinese characters), Hiragana, and Katakana are used. Kanji was brought to Japan from China. Hiragana and Katakana are Japanese syllabic scripts. To learn more information, click here.
Swahili is the most widely spoken African Language in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the national language of Tanzania and Kenya, and is also spoken widely in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Comoros. Current estimates place the number of speakers at 100 million people. Swahili is the only official African language of the African Union and its status as a lingua franca in the east and central African region makes it an important language to learn. It is taught in more than 50 universities in the US. It is also taught in many universities in Europe and Asia. Click here to learn more information.