Languages I Speak

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Professor Soya

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19 February 2015

Language Narrative

The two types of languages I speak are English and Arabic. Even though Arabic is the official language in the United Arab Emirates, English is widely spoken throughout the country. There are several differences in tone and the type of grammar used in both languages. For a person who doesn’t speak Arabic, the language may be a bit intimidating and loud. The English language is bit more casual and friendlier. The Arabic language has a variety of phrases and is slightly more formal when compared to English. If I was working in the U.A.E and my boss happened to be an Emirati (local) I would try to speak in Arabic with him/her because in comparison to the English language, Arabic has a wide variety of formal phrases. This helps show more respect and dignity towards your superior. Also, since I am a local citizen who has the ability to read, write in Arabic and spoke English to another person who also is a local. I would probably come off as flashy or a person with attitude and so, it’s not wise to speak English at such occasions. English on the other hand is widely spoken with people who don’t speak Arabic. Speaking English to a non-local citizen it is just like speaking Arabic with a regular Emirati (local) and no bad impression is portrayed. The main reason for classification, is that one should know when and where which language is appropriate or accepted by a given set of audience.
Even though I am fluent in both languages I prefer speaking in English because it helps me reach out and connect with a large number of people as it is considered one of the international languages. However, it may not be appropriate to speak English in all situations.
For instance if I start speaking in English with my family, relatives and Arabic friends. They would feel as though I am showing attitude and…...

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