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The Languages spoken in Jordan

Arabic is the official language in Jordan and even minorities speak Arabic in their everyday dealings. However, English is also widely spoken by educated people. Moreover, television shows and radio programs and services are aired using the English language. Jordan government and commerce employs English as well. The French and German languages are spoken by some who have interests in commercial and cultural aspects of France and Germany. The Jordan Times is a daily newspaper in Jordan published in English while The Star is published weekly and has a French section.

In private and public schools, students are required to study and learn both Arabic and English languages. But students are also provided with the option to learn French. At present, there is a community called Francophone and it is very distinguished in modern Jordan. Minority languages like Armenian and other Caucasian languages (Circassian and Chechen) are also spoken in the country and schools that are few in numbers also provide education in such languages alongside Arabic and English. The older Jordan generation people are able to speak Russian too because most of them have studied in the USSR.

Spoken Arabic in Jordan is also recognized as a vernacular of literary Arabic. However, there are differences in the way Jordanians speak Arabic as compared to how Egyptians speak the Arabic language. If one observes the way people in towns and the way people in countryside speak the language, there is a significant difference to notice—the so called dynamism of languages.



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