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Languages of Kuwait

State of Kuwait, Dowlat al-Kuwait. 2,257,549. National or official language: Standard Arabic. Literacy rate: 71% to 79%. Also includes Egyptian Spoken Arabic (20,000), Najdi Spoken Arabic (200,000), Northern Kurdish, South Levantine Spoken Arabic (85,000), Balochi, people from India, Pakistan, the Philippines (50,000). Information mainly from T. M. Johnstone 1967; B. Ingham 1982; C. Holes 1990. Deaf population: 110,285. Deaf institutions: 1. The number of languages listed for Kuwait is 3. Of those, all are living languages.

Living languages

Arabic, Gulf Spoken

[afb] 500,000 in Kuwait (1986).  Alternate names: Khaliji.  Dialects: Kuwaiti Hadari Arabic.  Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic 
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Arabic, Standard

[arb]  Middle East, North Africa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic 
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Mehri

[gdq] 14,358 in Kuwait (2000 WCD). Scattered individuals in Kuwait. Alternate names: Mahri.  Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, South, South Arabian 
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