Hello and welcome to part one of our five-part series on 100 essential words and phrases that you should know if you’re just learning Arabic for beginners. We’ve also included some example phrases and questions that you can see the word used in. Don’t worry if you don’t know all of the words in our examples. As you continue to learn Arabic language skills, you will find yourself picking up more and more vocabulary along the way. Right now, however, just focus on learning these 20 words and by the end of the series, you’ll have learned 100 of the core words and phrases to start you on your Arabic journey.

100 Core Arabic Vocabulary Words and Phrases (Part 1)

Week in Arabicʾusbuʿ أسبوع
Year in Arabicsana سنة 
Today in Arabicalyawm اليوم 
Tomorrow in Arabicgadan غداً 
Yesterday in Arabicams أمس 
Calendar in Arabictaqwim تقويم 
Second in Arabic taniyah ثانية 
Hour in Arabicsaʿa ساعة 
Minute in Arabicdaqiqa دقيقة
O’clock in Arabicassaʿah الساعة
Clock in Arabicsaʿah ساعة 
Could in Arabic ʾistataʿa إستطاع 
Use in Arabic ʾistakhdama إستخدم 
Do in Arabicqama قام
Go in ArabicdaHaba ذهب 
Come in Arabicʾata أتى
Come towards in Arabicʾata nahw أتى نحو
Laugh in Arabicyadahik يضحك 
Cry in Arabicyabki يبكي
Make in Arabicqama قام

In conclusion

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