When you’ve been studying a language for a while, it’s only natural that you may begin to feel a draw to the countries in which it originated. As you learn to speak Arabic, you will likely feel your interest in the locations, cultures, dialects, and more begin to increase.
And yet, a lot of us will continue to put off visiting an Arabic-speaking country for a whole range of reasons.
And while we all have some very good and valid justifications to stay put, we might be missing out on something incredible. Let’s just say there’s a reason why Egypt has become one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world.
So, let’s take a look at some of the reasons you just might want to visit an Arabic-speaking country this year.
The Language You’ll Speak
Language is learned through the speaking of it.
And that means the more opportunities you create for yourself to speak the language – and to hear it spoken by native speakers – the more you will begin to master the language yourself.
When you’re in the country, exposing yourself to the language constantly, you can start to pick up on the colloquialisms and intricacies of the dialect that is really hard to do in a classroom situation alone.
If you’re travelling to the country as part of an immersion program, that can be even more effective because your experience will be structured around developing your language skills.
This is a chance for you to live the language and really start to make it yours.
The Culture You’ll Discover
Learning a language is about a lot more than just the words you speak and write. There is a cultural context behind all those words, phrases, and idioms that you can only really understand when you expose yourself to that culture.
Of course, travelling to these cultures isn’t all about building your language skills. Simply getting involved with the culture and experiencing some the hospitality of the people, and seeing what life is like every day in a different country can have a huge impact on your world outlook.
The History You’ll Experience
These Arabic-speaking countries have a history that runs deep and which has had a huge impact on the rest of the world. You can experience it for yourself by visiting the world-famous and even the less-famous attractions or just by exploring the old neighborhoods that have been around for centuries.
Sure, culture changes over time, but as you visit these locations, you will get first-hand experience with the historical foundation on which it was built.
The Attractions You’ll See
We already mentioned that Egypt is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world, and in previous blogs we’ve even shown that travelling to Egypt is safer than the US and UK.
Why do so many people travel to these destinations? Part of that answer could be some of the world-famous attractions and locations scattered across these countries.
Some of the can’t-miss attractions in Egypt include:
- The Great Sphinx
- Pyramids of Giza
- Salah El-Din Citadel
- The Egyptian Museum
- Al Azhar Park
- Khan el-Khalil Bazaar
The Food You’ll Eat
Discovering cuisine from Arabic-speaking countries is an adventure all on its own.
There are some amazing and unique tasting treats that are just waiting for you to experience.
Of course, you don’t have to stop at just sampling the cuisine. Why not take it to the next step and learn to cook some Middle-Eastern meals on your own?
And while it is possible to taste a lot of these foods in your own country, there are always going to be regional delicacies that you can only experience by visiting the country.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to try some new foods in a new place.
The People You’ll Meet
Meeting people in a different country and speaking to them in their own language is an experience that you really need to have for yourself to understand.
Travelling to an Arabic-speaking country gives you an opportunity to put your language skills to the test while you interact with everyday people doing everyday things.
You may have to go out of your way to have this kind of experience, though, because in the touristy areas people will likely want to speak English with you. If you can get to the places where not many foreigners go, you’ll have more opportunities to interact with different people in the country.
Many travellers are concerned that they’ll get the etiquette wrong when they approach people they don’t know in a different country, but don’t let that stop you. If you know a few rules (and words) of etiquette, the people you meet will go out of their way to make you feel right at home.
Finding Your Reason
There are a lot of reasons to travel to an Arabic-speaking country, and, really, we’ve only scratched the surface, here.
Whatever your reason, don’t let this opportunity to experience something unique and special pass you by.