Israel’s Spoken Languages

The official languages of the State of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. While not an official language, English is regarded as the main language for international communication and therefore is widely spoken by a majority of Israelis and it’s also heavily featured on most signposts as well as commercial products.

Spoken by six million Jewish people as well as other inhabitants of the land, Hebrew is the most common language. The next one is Arabic, which is common amongst over a million people, whether they’re Arabs, Jews who originate from an Arab country or people who have set out to learn the language. Israel is considered to be a melting pot due to the many immigrants who have populated it, additional languages can be heard among the various communities, with the most common ones being Russian (around 900,000 speakers), Jewish-Arabic (300,000) and Yiddish (200,000).

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