Useful Phrases

Useful Phrases

By mastering the basics of polite conversation in Arabic, you put yourself and the person you’re talking to at ease. Everyone should learn essential Arabic conversational words and phrases before traveling to an Arabic-speaking country. These words and expressions are sure to come up in most everyday conversations. Most importantly, being polite is essential in Arabic-speaking countries as it is anywhere else in this world. The following words and phrases cover most of the pleasantries required for polite conversation. After all, learning to say the expressions of common courtesy in Arabic before traveling is just good manners.

For example, when meeting someone new it’s good to say ”Welcome” ( ʼahlan wa sahlan /أَهْلاً وَ سَهْلاً  ) and “Nice to meet you” ( tasharraftu biliqaaʼika / تَشَرَّفْتُ بِلِقائِكَ ). Similarly, you should receive a “Me too” ( ʼanaa ʼaydhan / أَنا أَيْضاً ) from your conversational counterpart.

Everybody is bound to make mistakes. So, in addition, learning to say “Sorry” ( ʼaasif /آسِف  ) is crucial. Arabs tend to be very forgiving with guests, thus you will hear a lot of “There’s no problem” ( laa yuwjad mushkilah / لا يُوْجَد مُشْكِلَة ).

Saying “Thank you!” ( shukran / شُكْراً ) and “You are welcome!” ( ʻafwan /عَفْواً  ) are considered basics, so these are a must in adding it to your vocabulary.

Below are a few basic phrases and expressions in Arabic you could find very useful in most conversations.

تَشَرَّفْتُ بِلِقائِكَ

 

/tasharraftu biliqaaʼika/

 

Means

 

Nice to meet you (To a male)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

تَشَرَّفْتُ بِلِقائِكِ

 

/tasharraftu biliqaaʼiki/

 

Means

 

Nice to meet you (To a female)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

أَنا أَيْضاً

 

/ʼanaa ʼaydhan/

 

Means

 

Me too

 

A response to “Nice to meet you”

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

شُكْراً

 

/shukran/

 

Means

 

Thank you!

 

 

 


 

 

عَفْواً

 

/ʻafwan/

 

Means

 

You are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

يَوْم سَعيد

 

/yawm saʻeed/

 

Means

 

Have a nice day

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

أَهْلاً وَ سَهْلاً

 

/ʼahlan wa sahlan/

 

Means

 

Welcome!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

آسِف

 

/ʼaasif/

 

Means

 

Sorry (From a male)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

آسِفَــة

 

/ʼaasifah/

 

Means

 

Sorry (From a female)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

لا يُوْجَد مُشْكِلَة

 

/laa yuwjad mushkilah/

 

Means

 

There is no problem

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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