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People and Society, Languages

Germanic language, Israeli Arabs, Hebrew language, European languages, Arabic language

Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages. The Jewish majority speaks a modernized derivative of the Hebrew language, a biblical Semitic language. Immigrants are given intensive instruction in Hebrew, but many continue to speak their native language at home. Israeli Arabs speak the Arabic language. Both Hebrew and Arabic are taught in schools and used in legal affairs and in the legislature. Many Israelis speak English, Russian, or any of a number of other European languages. Some older Ashkenazic immigrants speak Yiddish, a Germanic language. Radio broadcasts, newspapers, and periodicals use several languages in addition to Hebrew and Arabic.



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Germanic language, Israeli Arabs, Hebrew language, European languages, Arabic language, official languages, legal affairs, Yiddish, legislature, native language, Radio broadcasts, newspapers, Israelis, periodicals, schools, addition, number, English

 
 

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