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 have 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 in ArabicmarHabanمرحبا
Welcome in ArabicmarHabanمرحبا
Hello my friend in Arabic‘ahlan Sadeeqatee (female)
‘ahlan Sadeeqiee (male)
أهلا صديقتي
أهلا صديقي
Good morning in ArabicSabaaH alkhayrصباح الخير
Good evening in Arabicmasaa ʼ alkhayrمساء الخير
How are you in Arabickayfa Haaluki? (to a female)
kayfa Haaluka? (to a male)
كيف حالك؟
كيف حالك؟
I’m good in Arabicjayyidجيد
I’m okay in Arabic‘aadeeعادي
I am fine in Arabicʼana bikhayrأنا بخير
Thank you in Arabicshukranشكرا
And what about you in Arabicwa ʼanti?
wa ʼanta?
و أنتِ؟
و أنتَ؟
What’s new in Arabicmaa aljadeed?ما الجديد؟
Nothing new in Arabiclaa shay’ jadeedلا شيء جديد
I have to go in Arabicyajib ‘an ‘aTHhaba al’aanيجب أن اذهب الآن
I will be right back in Arabicsaʼarji ʻu Haalanسأرجع حالا
Good bye in Arabicmaʻ assalaamahمع السلامة
Good night in ArabictuSbiH ʻalaa khayr (to a male)
tuSbiHeena ʻalaa khayr (to a female)
تصبح على خير
تصبحين على خير
See you later in Arabicʼaraaka fee maa baʻd (to a male)
ʼaraake fee maa baʻd (to a female)
أراك في مابعد

Now you’re ready to have simple conversations in Arabic

Zainab: Hello! how are you?
I’m fine, thank you. What about you?
I’m okay.
I’ll be right back.
See you later!

Here’s the same conversation in Arabic:

Zainab: marhaban! kayfa Haaluki?
Shireen:  ʼana bikhayr, shukran! wa ʼanti?
Zainab: ʻaadee.
Shireen: sa ʼarji ʻu Haalan.
Zainab:  ʼaraaki fee maa ba ʻd!
Shireen: massalaamah!

Introductions and small talk

What’s your name in Arabicmaa ʼismuki? (to a female)
maa ʼismuka? (to a male)
ما إسمك؟
ما إسمك؟
My name is in Arabicʼismee……إسمي
Where are you from in Arabicmin ʼayna ʼanti? (to a female)
min ʼayna ʼanta? (to a male)
من أين أنت؟
من أين أنت؟
I’m from in Arabicʼana min……أنا من
Where do you live in Arabicʼayna taskuneena? (to a female)
ʼayna taskun? (to a male)
أين تسكنين؟
أين تسكن؟
I live in the United States in Arabicʼaʻeeshu fee alwilaayaat almotaHidahأعيش في الولايات المتحدة
What do you do for a living in Arabicmaa mihnatuki? (to a female)
maa mihnatuka? (to a male)
ما مهنتك؟
ما مهنتك؟
I work as in Arabicʼa ʻmal……أعمل
How old are you in Arabickam huwa ʻumruki? (to a female)
kam huwa ʻumruka? (to a male)
كم هو عمرك؟
كم هو عمرك؟
I’m (twenty) years old in Arabicʻumree ʻishreena sanahعمري (عشرين) سنة
Nice to meet you in Arabicmutasharifatun bimaʻrifatik (to a female)
mutasharif bimaʻrifatik (to a male)
متشرفة بمعرفتك
متشرف بمعرفتك
Do you speak Arabic in Arabichal tatakallam allughah al‘arabiyah?هل تتكلم اللغة العربية؟
Slightly / Some in Arabicqaleelanقليلا
I don’t understand in Arabiclaa ʼafhamلا أفهم
I don’t know in Arabiclaa ʼaʻrifلآ أعرف
You’re welcome in Arabicʻafwanعفوا
My Arabic is bad in Arabiclughatee al ʻarabiya laysat kamaa yajibلغتي العربية ليست كما يجب

In conclusion,

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