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Languages in Oman

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Language has been a great part of the Omani culture. The national language of Oman is Arabic, which is a member of the Central Semitic family. Several native dialects have also been spoken in the country; one of which is Balochi (a Northwestern Iranian Language), a language distantly related to Arabic but closely related to Semitic languages in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Another Semitic language, “Jibbali”, is also spoken in parts of one of the governorates, the southern Dhofar region. Hindu, an Asian language is also spoken by the Omanis due to the influx of Indian migrants during the late 1980s and 1990s. Urdu is another Asian language spoken in the country, also belonging to the Indian family of languages. Moreover, Swahili and French are also widely used due to the historical relations between Oman and Zanzibar. Some immigrant languages in Oman also include Gujarati, Portuguese, Sindhi, and Somali.

Languages of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Sri Lanka, and Gulf States have also influenced the diverse tongues used in the country.

English is adopted as the second language of Oman; tourists have definitely no difficulty in communicating with the Omani people. In the city, English is greatly used especially in business relations.

Various dialects and languages such as Bahrani Arabic, Baharna Arabic, Shihhi Arabic, Shehri, Luwati, Lori, Bathari, Harsusi, Hobyot, Mehri, Shehri, Farsi, and Kumzari are also spoken in different parts of the county.

Despite the differences in the dialects and languages spoken in Oman, people are still united through common languages and most especially through their hearts embracing hospitality.

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