Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC) has launched a new innovative application that encourages the adoption and mastery of the Arabic language. The ALC is part of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
The ‘Scan and Learn Arabic’ app allow smartphone and tablet users to scan objects around the city, and the names of those objects are then translated into Arabic. The App was developed in association with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development (DCD) and the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT).
The app intends to support the mandate of all governmental bodies to build a cohesive society through language learning. The effort also advances the ALC’s goals of promoting Arabic by utilising innovation, while simultaneously assuring the language’s preservation and ongoing use in daily life.
The software is available for free download on iOS and Android, and once installed, users may use the built-in optical reader to scan texts at key facilities along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the first of many places in the emirate to be added. This will help visitors and residents from all segments of the community to learn the Arabic language and use it more in their daily lives.
Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Chairman of the ALC, stated that, “We are dedicated to preserving the Arabic language as a core component of our Arab and Emirati culture, and keep it unmistakably present in the everyday lives of all members of our community. This initiative allows us to make the most from advanced technologies in our efforts to advance the Arabic language, improve its proficiency among speakers, and cement its position as the primary language of use among native speakers, while paving the way for non-native speakers to learn it.”