The population of Yemen is 28,036,829 million (2017). The population density is about 53 inhabitants per square kilometre.
The natural population growth rate is 2.28%. (2017)
Birth rate per 1000 inhabitants is 28.4 (2017)
Death rate per 1000 inhabitants is 6 (2017)
Life expectancy is 65.9 years. (men 63.7 and women 68.2 years (2017)
The dominant population group is Arabs. There are also smaller numbers of Africans, South Asians and Europeans.
The official language in Yemen is Arabic.
Some pronunciation rules of Arabic:
-all letters are pronounced
-a ' means that a letter is pronounced very briefly
-the r is a rolling r
-The y is pronounced as sj.
-the sh is pronounced as sj
-the gh is pronounced like a brew r or French r
-The kh is pronounced as a hard g.
-The ou is pronounced like the oe
There is no fixed English spelling for Arabic words. The names are written as they are pronounced. So Aqaba can just as well be spelled as Akaba.
Arabic is written from right to left and consists of 28 consonants. Vowels are not written, which results in different Latin spellings for the same word. Arabic numerals are written from left to right.
Some words and phrases:
|One||wahed, female: wahda|
|Sunday||yom el had|
|Wednesday||yom el ’arba’|
|Where is the hotel?||fen el fondok?|
|What time is it?||essa’a kam?|
|What is your name?||‘esm-ak ‘ak? (man)|
|What is your name?||‘esm-ek ‘eh? (woman)|
|Do you have change?||‘andokom fakka?|
Yemen is a predominantly Muslim country (98%). There are approximately as many Sunnis as Shiites. There are also small communities of Hindus, Jews and Christians.
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