Bahrain Languages

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Arabic is the official language of Bahrain, though English is widely used. All commercial institutions and road signs are bilingual, displaying both English and Arabic. [1]

  • Arabic plays an important role in political life and one must be fluent in Arabic to stand for parliament.
  • Bahrani Arabic (also known as Bahrani and Baharna Arabic) is the most widely spoken dialect of the Arabic language, though it differs widely from standard Arabic, like all Arabic dialects.
  • Balochi is the second largest and widely spoken language in Bahrain.

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Alphabet

Pronunciation


Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Dictionaries

  • Anwar Hafiz & Moustafa Aziz, Conversational dictionary of spoken Arabic - Available at WorldCat
  • Dilip Hiro, Dictionary of the Middle East, New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996 - Available at WorldCat
  • Malcolm C Peck, Historical dictionary of the Gulf Arab states, Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2008 - Available at WorldCat
  • Dilip Hiro, A comprehensive dictionary of the Middle East, Northampton, MA : Interlink Books, 2013 - [URL Available at WorldCat]
  • Nicholas Awde & K Smith, Arabic dictionary : Arabic-English : English-Arabic, London : Bennett & Bloom, 2004 - Available at WorldCat

Online Dictionaries

Language Aids

  • Balochi Grammar - Wikipedia
  • Arabic Grammar - Wikipedia
  • Habaka J Feghali, Gulf Arabic : the dialects of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Oman : grammar, dialogues, and lexicon, Springfield, VA : Dunwoody Press, 2008 - Available at WorldCat
  • George Waters Gilbertson & Ghāno Khān Haddiānī, The Balochi language, a grammar and manual, Hertford, Printed by S. Austin & Sons, for the author, 1923 - Available at WorldCat

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Bahrain," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain#Languages#:~:text=Languages, accessed 27 Jul 2021.