Arabic at Hope College
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elcome to the Arabic
Section at Hope College! Please browse our links to find out
more about our program.
November 15 - 20 is
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There are 22 Arabic speaking countries
in the Arab world and over two billion Muslims who use Arabic
in their daily rituals. Arabic is also one of the six official
languages of the United Nations . Nowadays, and more than any
time, a bridge is needed between the Western cultures and the
Eastern Arab-Islamic cultures.
in the Arabic language:
1. Interpretation: This
of course is one of the biggest opportunities for an Arabic speaker.
Interpreters are in great demand - especially for corporations
that do business in Arabic-speaking countries.
2. Travel and Hospitality: All sorts of opportunities exist
for Arabic speakers in the domestic travel industry. You
can easily find work in hotels, restaurants, travel agencies,
airports, and many other businesses that are seeing an increase
in Arabic customers.
3. Finance: The financial industry has a great need for people
who speak Arabic, as some of the countries that speak Arabic
as their native tongue are among the richest countries in
the world. This ensures that the need for people who can
speak Arabic effectively will continue to grow.
4. Government: Many governments today utilize Arabic speakers
and translators when conducting negotiations and policy discussions
with other countries. Once again, you must be able to speak
the language fluently without any mistakes in your translations.
Comments About the Program:
"I like the informal nature of
the [Arabic] course. By making the students relaxed,
the professor was better to teach us Arabic language. I
liked the vocabulary quizzes, drills and in-class dialogue
~ Dustin Miller '09
For a relatively small school, I was
excited and impressed to learn that Hope offered Arabic.
Taking Arabic classes provided me a great foundation
to further my study while abroad in Amman, Jordan. I am
for the challenging and engaging instruction I received
~ Christopher Jetter '08
favorite memory about Morocco was food. Food is one way to experience a culture. In
Morocco, food is often at the center of the family. Meals
are eaten together around one plate, using bread or khobz
as a utensil.
~ August Miller '07
favorite course this year was Arabic class. I tremendously
enjoyed learning Arabic and the culture of the Middle East
this was my best semester.
~ Charles J. Knooihuizen '07
would be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding
the Arabic courses offered at Hope College. Simply stop by Martha
Miller Center, 2nd floor, Room 205!
Awad, Arabic Section, DMCL, Hope College