There are few tongues more useful to learn in the modern world than Arabic. Spoken by almost 300 million people, Arabic is one of the most widespread languages on the globe, with native dialects spoken from Morocco, on the western coast of North Africa, to Iraq, in the lands of ancient Mesopotamia. And few languages are as old: Arabic has been spoken in variations of its classical form for well over one thousand years.
For these reasons and more, many non-Arabic speakers, especially those in the West, have an interest in studying this language. Sadly, just as many students end up dropping their Arabic studies altogether, sometimes citing its extreme difficulty.
However, the Arabic language isn’t necessarily a difficult language to learn. Arabic is simply so different from western languages in the script, grammar, syntax, and sound that most western students never get comfortable with it. If you’re a native English speaker, you can’t approach Arabic in the same way you would another Germanic language or a Romance language. English and Spanish have differences in grammar, syntax, and sound, but there are enough similarities between the two tongues that most students don’t have a hard time crossing over. The same is not true for Arabic.