Happy World Arabic Language Day!
Every year since December 18, 2012, the whole world has been coming together to celebrate World Arabic Language day on December 18, because that’s the day in 1973 that Arabic became the sixth official language of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
One of the most widely spoken languages in the world, Arabic is used in everyday life by over 290 million people in 22 countries, making the Arabic language a pillar of the cultural diversity of humankind. Whether through its classic or dialectal forms, Arabic has influenced and contributed to a variety of fields such as architecture, poetry, philosophy and song around the globe. It opens the doors to an incredible variety of identities and beliefs and its history exposes the richness of its links to other languages. Arabic has played a dynamic role in the dissemination of knowledge, and Greek and Roman sciences and philosophies of Renaissance Europe has gleaned Arabic. Furthermore, it has become the language of cultures from the coast of India to the Horn of Africa.
If you would like to participate in World Arabic language day, but don’t know any Arabic yet, you’re in luck. Sometimes the best way to learn Arabic is to dive right in and learn basic Arabic words and some simple conversational phrases!
And what’s a better day to start than World Arabic Language Day?
Below you’ll find a list of traditional greetings and other basic conversation starters, plus common ways to respond to them.
Hellos and Goodbyes
Hello – marHaban – مرحبا
Welcome – marhaban –
Hello, my friend (female) – ʼahlan Sadeeqatee – أهلا صديقتي
Hello, my friend (male) – ʼahlan Sadeeqiee– أهلا صديقي
Good morning – SabaaH alkhayr – صباح الخير
Good evening – masaa ʼ alkhayr – مساء الخير
How are you? (female) – kayfa Haaluki? – كيف حالك؟
How are you? (male) – kayfa Haaluka? – كيف حالك؟
(I’m) good – jayyid – جيد
(I’m) okay – ʼaadee – عادي
I am fine, thank you – ʼana bikhayr, shukran – أنا بخير شكرا
And what about you? (female) – wa ʼanti? – و أنت؟
And what about you? (male) – wa ʼ anta? – و أنت؟
What’s new? – maa aljadeed? – ما الجديد؟
Nothing new – laa shay ʼ jadeed – لا شيء جديد
I have to go – yajib ʼan ʼaTHhaba al ʼaan – يجب أن اذهب الآن
I will be right back – saʼarji ʻu Haalan – سأرجع حالا
Good bye – maʻ assalaamah – مع السلامة
Good night – tuSbiH ʻalaa khayr (male) – تصبح على خير
Good night –tuSbiHeena ʻalaa khayr (female) – تصبحين على خير
See you later – ʼaraaka (male) / ʼaraakee (female) fee maa baʻd – أراك في مابعد
Now you’re ready to have simple conversations in Arabic
Zainab: Hello! how are you?
Shireen: I’m fine, thank you. What about you?
Zainab: I’m okay.
Shireen: I’ll be right back.
Zainab: See you later!
Shireen: Good bye!
Here’s the same conversation in Arabic:
Zainab: salmaa! kayfa Haaluki?
Shireen: ʼana bikhayr, shukran! wa ʼanti?
Shireen: sa ʼarji ʻu Haalan.
Zainab: ʼaraaki fee maa ba ʻd!
Shireen: maʻ assalaamah!
Introductions and Small Talk
What’s your name? (female) – maa ʼismuki? – ما إسمك؟
What’s your name? (male) – maa ʼismuka? – ما إسمك؟
My name is… – ʼismee – إسمي…
Where are you from? (female) – min ʼayna ʼanti – من أين أنت؟
Where are you from? (male) – min ʼ ayna ʼanta – من أين أنت؟
I’m from… – ʼana min… – أنا من…
Where do you live? (female) – ʼayna taskuneena? – أين تسكنين؟
Where do you live? (male) – ʼayna taskun? – أين تسكن؟
I live in the United States/France – ʼaʻeeshu fee alwilaayaat almotaHidah – أعيش في الولايات المتحدة
What do you do for a living? (female) – maa mihnatuki? – ما مهنتك؟
What do you do for a living? (male) – maa mihnatuka? – ما مهنتك؟
I work as a… – ʼa ʻmal – أعمل …
How old are you? (female) – kam huwa ʻumruki? – كم هو عمرك؟
How old are you? (male) – kam huwa ʻumruka? – كم هو عمرك؟
I’m (twenty) years old – ʻumree ʻishreena sanah – عمري (عشرين) سنة
It’s nice to meet you (female) – mutasharifatun bimaʻrifatik – متشرفة بمعرفتك
It’s nice to meet you (male) – mutasharif bimaʻrifatik – متشرف بمعرفتك
Do you speak Arabic? – hal tatakallam allughah al‘ʻarabiyah? – هل تتكلم اللغة العربية؟
Slightly/some – qaleelan – قليلا
I don’t understand – laa ʼafham – لا أفهم
I don’t know – laa ʼaʻrif – لآ أعرف
ʻafwan – عفوا
My arabic is bad – lughatee al ʻarabiya laysat kamaa yajib – لغتي العربية ليست كما يجب
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