• Lesson 1 (Arabic letter shapes )
  • Lesson 2 (Sound of Arabic letters)
  • Lesson 3 (Arabic diacritics)
  • Lesson 4 (Arabic verb conjugation)
  • Lesson 5 (Arabic Phrases)

  • Arabic Phrases

    Arabic courteous phrases

    Being polite is just as important in Arabic-speaking countries as they are anywhere else in this world. The following words and phrases cover most of the pleasantries required for polite conversation. After all, learning to say the expressions of common courtesy in Arabic before traveling is just good manners.

    naam (yes) نعم

    min faDlik (please) من فضلك

    tafaDDal (go ahead, be my guest) تفضل

    shukran. (Thank you.) شكراً

    shukran jaziilan. (Thank you very much.) شكراً جزيلاً

    afwan (You’re welcome.) عفواً

    aasif (Sorry.) آسف

    afwan (Excuse me.) عفواً

    mara thaaniya, min faDlik? (Please repeat.) مرة ثانية من فضلك

    laa (no) لا

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    Introductions & Small Talk

    So once you’ve begun a conversation, you probably want to be able to say more things in between before you end it. Here are some basic introductions and other small talk phrases to help get the dialogue going.

    hal tatakallam al-’arabiya? (Do you speak Arabic?) هل تتكلم العربية

    What’s your name? (female) – Ma esmouki? – ما إسمك؟

    What’s your name?  (male) – Ma esmouk? – ما إسمك؟

    My name is… – Esmee – إسمي…

    Where are you from? (female) – Men ayna anti – من أين أنت؟

    Where are you from? (male) – Men ayna anta – من أين أنت؟

    I’m from… – Ana men… – أنا من…

    Where do you live? (female) – Ayna taskuneen? – أين تسكن؟

    Where do you live? (male) – Ayna taskun? – أين تسكنين؟

    I live in the France – A’eesho fe faransa – أعيش في فرنسا

    What do you do for a living? (female) – Ma mehnatuki? –  ما مهنتك؟

    What do you do for a living? (male) – Ma mehnatuk? –  ما مهنتك؟

    I work as a… – A’mal ka – أعمل …

    How old are you? (female) – Kam howa umroki? – كم هو عمرك؟

    How old are you? (male) – Kam howa umruk? – كم هو عمرك؟

    I’m (twenty) years old – Umri eshreen sanah – عمري (عشرين) سنة

    It’s nice to meet you (female) – Motasharefatun bema’refatek – متشرفة بمعرفتك

    It’s nice to meet you (male) – Motasharefon bema’refatek – متشرف بمعرفتك

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    Arabic phrases for travelers

    There are some phrases that are particularly helpful to international travelers. Below are several phrases that might come in handy during your stay in an Arabic-speaking country.

    hal tatakallam al-’arabiya? (Do you speak Arabic?) هل تتكلم العربية

    hal tatakallam al-injliiziya? (Do you speak English?) هل تتكلم الأنجليزية

    atakallam al-‘arabiya. (I speak Arabic.) أتكلم العربية

    laa atakallam al-‘arabiya. (I do not speak Arabic.) لا أتكلم العربية

    atakallam qaliilan. (I speak a little.) أتكلم قليلاً

    afham. (I understand.) أفهم

    laa afham. (I do not understand.) لا أفهم

    hal tafham? (Do you understand? [male]) هل تفهم

    hal tafhamiin? (Do you understand? [female]) هل تفهمين

    Where is the bathroom? – Ayna ajedu al merhaad? – أين أجد المرحاض؟

    Where is the pharmacy? – Ayna ajedu assaidaliah? –  أين أجد الصيدلية؟

    What is this? – Ma hatha? –  ما هذا؟

    I don’t know – La a’ref – لآ أعرف

    How much is this? – Kam howa thamanoh? –  كم هو ثمنه؟


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