If Arabic is to thrive, we need to think differently


Last week’s report on the level of Arabic spoken by school leavers, their proficiency in English and the dire suggestions that Arabic is turning into the country’s second language, comes as no surprise. Most people know that English is the language you need most of the time.

Growing up in Al Ain in the 1990s, we had to learn a few basics to survive, enough to chat to a taxi driver or barter for electronics in a shop.
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