How much Arabic do Latinos speak?

Many Indo-European languages adopted Arabic words

Being a language enthusiast, I wondered how el Chapulin Colorado spoke so much Arabic? It makes my day every time I come across a word in a language that mimics my mother tongue Arabic (Al-Arabiya). Mostly, Middle Eastern languages are expected to give me these ‘jolts’ my brain adores. Many Indo-European languages have adopted Arabic words, because of the historical fact that many gigantic caliphates or Islamic empires were empowering Arabic one after the other during their conquests of the east and west.

Correspondingly, the fluidity of Spanish word articulations and its unique grammar are tellingly synched with our native tongue, regardless of the fact that Spanish originated from Latin. In this article, I will explain why Spanish is the closest language to Arabic – closer to us than Turkish and Persian. And why do Latinos look and sound like Arabs, who are both adored by Trump. What are the racial and linguistic relations between Arabs and Latinos?

How did Chespirto, ‘super comediante,’ the Mexican comedy hit television star, got to say ‘cat’ with an exact Kuwaiti accent – ‘El gato?’ And how is that when he was fighting ‘Super Sam,’ he was pronouncing the word ‘money’ as ‘El dinero,’ the Kuwaiti currency? Calling fruits and herbs with Arabic names such ‘El naranga,’ ‘El lemon,’ ‘El Azafran’ and ‘Arroz,’ and using Arabic for managerial descriptions during jailhouse episodes, such as Alamin and Almojarife.

There are yet many linguistic similarities – Spanish speakers’ use of definite articles such as the ‘El’ and ‘Al’ is identical lexically and phonetically to how Arabs use their definite articles of ‘Al,’ the fast-paced rhythm of our speech, our overinflated intonations both in comedy and anger, and the double ‘rr’ that possibly came from the ‘shaddah’ that if placed on any Arabic letter will double it automatically. It is debatable that the Spanish special ‘R’ came from Latin such as the Italian rolling ‘R;’ however, Spanish has a special dispensation than Italian. ‘Looks’ are a sensitive issue, and genealogy is a whole different ball game than linguistics. This I would like to cover in my next article.

By Jeri Al-Jeri
Jeri@kuwaittimes.net

 

 

This article was published on 13/11/2017