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Arabic and Greek

Arabic is a Semitic language. It is spoken throughout the Middle East, from Morocco to Iraq and also the official language of more than 20 countries. The basic Arabic alphabet has 28 letters and no capital letters. Arabic is written and read from right to left. English words such as "coffee", "cotton" and "sugar" are of Arabic origin.

Greek is a member of the Indo-European language family. It is the official language of Greece and Cyprus and of the European Union. Greek is the language of one of the major civilizations of the world. English words such as “dinosaur”, “marathon” and “planet” are of Greek origin.

Interested users could go to the Language Learning Centre of the Hong Kong Central Library to find out more about Arabic and Greek.


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