Learn Arabic Language Slang Words and Feel Like a Local

Learn Arabic Language Slang Words and Feel Like a Local

The Arabic language truly is a beautiful language, rich with history and its vibrant Arabic dialects. However, learning Arabic, like learning any language, can sometimes seem routine. At times like this, it’s sometimes a good idea to step away from the more serious lessons on the conjugating of verbs and memorizing vocabulary by rote and have a little fun with the more “colorful” aspects of the language – Arabic slang. Learning slang is really a fun way learn more Arabic vocabulary and learn a little bit more about Arab culture as well. So let’s get started with getting you to learn basic Arabic words in the Arabic parlance of our times with these slang words used by young and old alike.


Adding a friendlier tone to your conversation, this word means “sure”, “for sure”, or “of course” and can be used at the beginning of a sentence, the end of a sentence, or as an answer alone. 


You will hear “inshallah” everywhere. And we mean e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e! Literally meaning “God willing”, it’s sometimes used in the “I hope” kind of way,  as in “We’re going to the Dead Sea this weekend, inshallah.” Most often, however, it is used for “maybe”, “I’m not sure” and most notably as a polite way to get out of doing something you don’t want to do. For example, when your friends invite you out for sushi and you really don’t like raw fish, so you say “Inshallah, I’ll be there”. They know you really mean, “Sorry, but I ain’t coming.”  


A favorite word used by both young and old when they just want someone to stop bothering  them and just leave them alone in peace. Though literally meaning “to finish”, it’s used as “stop it”, “don’t try that again”, “it’s finished”, or “stop talking”. It’s not always used negatively though, and can be used as a way to show forgiveness as in “I know you missed my birthday part because you were traveling to Dubai. Khallas. Don’t worry about it.”


When you want to show somebody appreciation, happiness, praise or thanks,  or you’re just in awe of the beauty of a lovely event use the expression “mashallah” meaning “God has willed it.” It’s also used by Muslims to wish for God’s protection and to keep envy and the curse of the evil eye away from someone or something


Meaning “I swear to God”, it’s pretty much used the same way “I swear” is used in English.  “Wallah! You won’t believe the mark I got on my exam”, “Wallah! I’ll do it tomorrow”,  or “Wallah! I love you.”

Ya rab

Basically meaning “Oh, Lord!”, this is used to show aggravation or frustration. “Ya rab! I’ve lost my house key again!”

Ya haraam

Ya haraam’s original meaning was “ a sin” but nowadays it’s used as a slang term for “What a shame” or “What a pity” and is generally used to show sympathy or sorrow at bad news or a bad situation. For instance, let’s say your friend just bought a new car and it was stolen last night, you can say “Ya haram” to show you feel his pain.


Yallah means “come on” or “let’s go” and is used when you want to let somebody know you’re ready to go. “Yallah, the movie starts in twenty minutes.”  It can also be used when you want to hurry somebody along, like when you’re sitting in traffic, for example. “Yallah! I don’t have all day for this!” A variant of this is “Yallah Shabaab” which roughly means “Let’s go, kids!” and is especially used to get a group of youngsters moving along.

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