As any proud Arab will tell you, the Arabic language has a long and illustrious history. It is the language of the Qur’an, as well as that used by poets and philosophers across centuries of Islamic civilization. However, it is also well-known that most Arabs do not speak standard Arabic in their everyday lives, adopting one of a wide-range of colloquial dialects instead. Arabs from Morocco to Oman and from Iraq to Tunisia might claim to speak the same language, but the reality is that the regional varieties are often barely comprehensible to each other.
A large part of this is due to the influence of other languages - English, French and even Turkish - which appears unexpectedly as you begin to pick up the local lingo. Let’s take a look at the quirky vocabularies of some of the Middle East’s dialects which have borrowed liberally from other languages.