Arabic describes a range of closely-related language varieties (or dialects) spoken across the Middle East and North Africa. Modern Standard Arabic serves as a unifying prestige variety, but it is largely a written variety or one to be passively understood – most Arabic speakers cannot fluently speak MSA. It has been argued that the sharp difference between written Arabic and speakers’ native dialects hinders children’s acquisition of literacy, and that it would be better to have children’s books published in dialect to help bridge the gap.

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