It is often claimed that the three languages are similar. As someone who can recognize the odd few words, because I picked up Hindi/Urdu during my time in India, I find this interesting because they all sound so different, but are reputed to be similar. I can hear similarities between Turkish and Farsi but not so much with Arabic. Also, Arabic sounds vastly different in different parts of where it is spoken; Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates being the examples with which I am familiar. Someone once told me Turkish was Arabic in western script, but this sounds wrong because the languages, when I hear them sound very different. To my ears Farsi sounds almost like an oriental language, which is odd. Can anyone clarify the true similarities and differences between the aforementioned languages?