If you ever have the chance to visit one of the Arabic-speaking countries, chances are you’re going to have to ask for directions to all the beautiful sights to see, or, know how to get to your hotel. Or perhaps you’ll be standing on a street in Amman, Jordan waiting for a taxi, when all of sudden, a car pulls up next to you with a frantic driver and he rolls down his window and shouts, “Ayana aqrab almostashfa?” and you don’t know how to give directions in Arabic. Well, have no fear because after reading this article you will be able to visit the Sphinx or spend the night in your comfortable hotel bed.
Let’s start with questions you can use when asking for directions in Arabic language:
|Where…?||أين …؟||Ayna … ?|
|How do I get to…?||كيف أصل إلى …؟||Kayfa asil ‘ilaa … ?|
|Where is the nearest…?||أين أقرب…؟||Ayna aqrab … ?|
|Is this the way to…?||هل هذا هو الطريق إلى…؟||Hal haathaa huwa attareeq ‘ilaa … ?|
Now that you know how to ask for directions, you may want to also let the person you are asking where you want to go exactly.
Here are some places that might come in handy:
|Hospital in Arabic||مستشفى||mustashfaa|
|Airport in Arabic||مطار||mataar|
|Police station in Arabic||قسم شرطة||qism shurtah|
|Mall in Arabic||سوق||sooq|
|Club in Arabic||نادى||naadi|
|Museum in Arabic||متحف||muthaf|
|Post office in Arabic||مكتب البريد||maktab bareed|
|Bus station in Arabic||محطة باص||mahtat baas|
|Hotel in Arabic||فندق||funduq|
Here are some examples using the language you learned above:
Excuse me, Where is the airport?/ عذراً , أين المطار ؟/’uthran, ayna almataar ?
How do I get to the train station, please? / من فضلك , كيف أصل لمحطة القطار ؟/ Min fadhlika, kayfa asil limahatit alqitaar?
Where is the nearest Hospital? / أين أقرب مستشفى ؟ / Ayna aqrab mustashfaa?
Is this the way to The Mall? / هل هذا الطريق الى السوق ؟ / Hal haathaa attareeq ‘ila assooq?
Now that we’ve seen how to ask for directions, let’s take a look at how to give directions if somebody asks us for them.
Here are our examples:
|Directions in Arabic||إتجاهات||‘itjaahaat|
|Go left in Arabic|| إذهب يسارا |
| ‘ithhab yasaaran (m.)|
‘ithhabee yasaaran (f.)
|Go right in Arabic|| إذهب يمينا |
| ‘ithhab yameenan (m.)|
‘ithhabee yameenan (f.)
|On the right in Arabic||على اليمين||‘alaa alyameen|
|On the left in Arabic||على اليسار||‘alaa alyasaar|
|First street in Arabic||أول شارع||Awal shaari’|
|Second street in Arabic||ثاني شارع||Thaani shaari’|
|Walk in Arabic||إمشي||Emshi|
|Straight ahead in Arabic||على طول||‘alaa tool|
|Cross the road in Arabic||أعبر الشارع||A’bur ashaari’|
|I can show you in Arabic||سأريك الطريق||Sa’reek attareeq|
|Come with me in Arabic||تعالى معى||Ta’aali ma’i|
|Near in Arabic||قريب||Qareeb|
|Far in Arabic||بعيد||Ba’eed|
|Next to in Arabic||بجانب||Bijaanib|
|Opposite in Arabic||مقابل||Moqaabil|
|Between in Arabic||بين||Bayna|
|Behind in Arabic||خلف||Khalf|
So, there you have it. Now you should be able to get around the Arab world and let other people know how to get around as well.
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