Arabic Verbs – The Most Widespread Basic Arabic Verbs

In order for you to make sentences, of course, you would need the verbs! Please check out this article about common Arabic verbs

Ahlan wa Sahlan! We’ve previously posted articles related to basic Arabic words and phrases, but then we realized that, no matter how many nouns you might know, you’ll also need Arabic verbs to construct a sentence!

You might know how to say school in Arabic, but what’s the point if you don’t know how to ask, “Where is the school?” in Arabic? Or you might know how to say Tuesday in Arabic, but you don’t know how to ask your friends out on Tuesday. Luckily, Arabic verbs follow the same rule as the rest of the vocabulary because they are based on a set of two, three, four and sometimes even five (but mainly three) consonants called the root. This root communicates the basic meaning of the verb, and any changes to the vowels between the consonants, along with any prefixes or suffixes attached to it, specify grammatical functions such as a person, gender, number, tense, mood, and voice.

There is one curious thing, though. In the Arabic present tense, there is no verb “to be” (am, is, are, etc.), so, instead of saying, “I am Henry”, you would simply say, “I Henry”. Well, at least that’s one less verb to learn.

With this list of basic Arabic verbs, we hope that you’ll soon be able to form some sentences yourself (with the help of our previous articles, of course).



Check out our list of basic Arabic verbs

EnglishTransliterationArabic
To love in Arabic‘aHabأحب
To go in ArabicTHhabذهب
To eat in Arabic‘akalأكل
To work in Arabic‘amilعمل
To help in Arabicsa’adساعد
To play in Arabicl’aibلعب
To give in Arabic‘a’taaأعطى
To travel in Arabicsafarسافر
To like in Arabic‘aHabأحب
To drink in Arabicsharibشرب
To call in Arabic (via phone)‘ittasalاتصل
To call in Arabic (by voice)naadaنادى
To leave in Arabictarakترك
To drive in Arabicsaaqساق
To write in Arabickatabكتب
To listen in Arabicsami’سمع
To sleep in Arabicnamنام
To walk in Arabicmashaaمشى
To meet in Arabicqaabalقابل
To want in Arabic‘araadأراد
To bring in Arabicjalabجلب


Naturally, there are many other verbs to remember. For now, however, this list should help you while you’re roaming around a Middle Eastern country. Keep in mind that these verbs are in Modern Standard Arabic and they might be different in Colloquial Arabic, depending on your travel destination.


In conclusion



If you want to remember these Arabic verbs, along with the many other common Arabic words we’ve already posted, you can use flashcards! This is a great way to learn vocabulary. By now, you should have enough words for a round of flashcards. Write down the word in Arabic on one side of the flashcard and the meaning of the word on the other side. Memorize them, and then shuffle them up. Choose the one at a time and whatever comes up, try to remember its pronunciation and meaning. You can always contact us if you want a list of specific words or fields, and we’ll be more than happy to provide them to you! Also, don’t forget to download our Arabic learning app.