Relatives and friends

Relatives and friends

We talked a little bit in a former lesson about the nuclear family meaning mom, dad and the kids. However, today we are going to branch out a little bit to learn Arabic words for the extended family. Also, you’ll learn words that will allow you to talk about  people in your life who are not related to you but, nevertheless, feel like kin – your friends.

 

However, before we get to those words,  it is crucial that you know that an Arab’s kin and ancestors are held in very high esteem in the Arab world. In fact, Arabs will be able to recite their roots going back for many generations. While we’re on the subject, you’ll notice that  the middle names of both male and female Arabs are usually the first  name of their father. Moreover, these names are sometimes led by a “bin” or “ibn” in case of a boy, and “bint” in case of a girl.

 

What’s more, Arabic words can also mean many things, and there are many words that can have similar meaning. That is to say, there are basic Arabic words for both family and friends that are common in most places. For instance, the most common word for family is عائلة (aaelah) which is used for both the central and extended family. As one more example,  أسرة (Usrah) is also a very commonly used word and refers to the central family.

 

Finally, the choice of word may vary from one region to another, but these two words are understood in most of the local dialects, and are often used interchangeably. In the end, by learning a few Arabic words, you can feel like you’re more than a friend; rather, you’ll feel like part of the family.

 

 

 

عَمّ

 

/ʻamm/

 

 

Means

 

 

Paternal uncle
(The father’s brother)

 

 

 

 


 

 

عَمَّة

 

/ʻammah/

 

 

Means

 

 

Paternal aunt
(The father’s sister)

 

 

 

 


 

خَال

 

/khaal/

 

 

Means

 

 

Maternal uncle

(The mother’s brother)

 

 

 

 

 


 

خَالَة

 

/khaalah/

 

 

Means

 

 

Maternal aunt

(The mother’s sister)

 

 

 

 


 

صَديق

 

/Sadeeq/

 

 

Means

 

 

Male friend

 

 

 

 


 

صَديقَة

 

/Sadeeqah/

 

Means

 

Female friend

 

 

 

 


Adding  ـه

 

to any noun will turn it into possessive

 

pronoun (Male/ singular)

 

صَديقُــــهُ

 

/Sadeequhu/

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Adding ـها

 

to any noun will turn it into possessive

 

pronoun (Female/ Singular)

 

 

صَديقُــــها

 

/Sadeequhaa/

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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