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There are many varieties of Arabic in existence. Arabic is a Semitic language within the Afroasiatic family that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. It is classified as a macrolanguage comprising 30 modern varieties, including its standard form. The largest divisions occur between the spoken languages of different regions. Some varieties of Arabic in North Africa, for example, are not easily comprehensible to an Arabic speaker from the Levant or the Persian Gulf. Within these broad regions further and considerable geographic distinctions exist, within countries, across country borders, even between cities and villages.
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    • Language mixing and change 

    • Typological differences 

    • Regional varieties 

    • Examples of major regional differences 

    • Formal and vernacular differences 

    • Sociolinguistic variables 

    • Variation 

    • Classification