With more and more developing countries having high speed access to the internet and joining the mobile revolution, Arabic in particular has benefited from the trend and seen a sharp increase in use on the net.
In fact, the number of Arabic speaking users on the web has grown by 2500% over the past decade, making it the fastest growing language on the Internet. The number of Arab-Americans has grown 51% since the 2000s, reports Pew research citing numbers from the census bureau. However, the Arab American Research Foundation estimates the number to be even higher stating some 3.7 million people living in the country.
Being a website dedicated to language learning on the Internet and looking at the numbers we were curious to learn more. Thus we sat down with Mohamed Bamatraf whose company ArabiCollege teaches students from around the world about the Arabic language and culture online.
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Editor’s Note: This article has first been published in EducationInvestor on April 3rd 2014. The recent launch of Duolingo for Schools and Rosetta Stone’s prediction for language trends underline the need to flip the language learning classroom.
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