Aramaic and Arabic are Semitic languages from the Middle East. Although they differ in many aspects like vocabulary and grammatical rules, these languages are linguistically quite close:

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Semitic Languages

The Semitic languages have a distinct lexicon. Every word with those three consonants is thematically connected. This is why verbs and nouns have a three-consonant “root.” By identifying these root letters, students of Semitic languages can guess the meaning of new words. Both Arabic and Aramaic have this feature.


Similar Writing Systems

The modern Arabic script has evolved from Nabatean, which was derived from Aramaic. Both Arabic and Aramaic alphabets are consonant alphabets. This means that consonants are spelled out but there is little or no indication of vowels. Most of the times, Arabic is only written in the Arabic script. Over the centuries, Aramaic has been written in a variety of characters, including Latin, Hebrew, Syriac, and Cyrillic.


Significance with Religions

The language of Jesus and his apostles is thought to be Aramaic. As a result, Christians in various Middle Eastern nations continue to utilize it as a liturgical language to some extent.
Although a vast portion of the world’s Muslims do not speak Arabic as a first language, Arabic is learned and understood to some extent by Muslims all over the world because of its key position in Islam.



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