We’ve previously presented to you the most common basic Arabic words (link here), but why not kick it up a notch and get the hang of a few commonly used Arabic phrases? By this point you should feel more confident when approaching the language. See? It wasn’t as hard as you might’ve thought! With the right guidance you can pass the mental barrier of learning a new language.
What’s up in Arabic – Ma alakhbaar – ما الأخبار
In a not so formal setting, you might want to say “what’s up?”.
Nice to meet you in Arabic – Surirtu bi liqaa’ik – سررت بلقائك
Manners are important to Arabs, so this will come in handy when meeting someone new.
Have a good day in Arabic – Atamna lak yawman jayidan – أتمنى لك يوماً جيداً
A quick, relatively formal but friendly greeting.
What are you doing in Arabic – Maathaa taf’al – ماذا تفعل
You might want to ask your Arab friend what is he doing that very moment. That’s the way to go!
Where are you going in Arabic – Ilaa ayna tathhab – إلى أين تذهب
If you walk on the streets of an Arab city, you might hear a friendly “Where are you going?” from a taxi driver willing to give you a ride. Now you will be able to recognize the question!
Where are you in Arabic – Ayna anta – أين أنت
Or maybe you would want to know where your Arab friend is right that moment. Try using this next time!
I love you in Arabic – Anaa ‘uhibuk – أنا أحبك
Surprise your loved ones by expressing your feelings in a new language for the surprise factor.
I love you so much in Arabic – Anaa ‘uhibuk jiddan – أنا أحبك جداً
Maybe you’d want to go extra with your “I love you”? There you go!
I hate you in Arabic – Anaa akrahuk – أنا أكرهك
Well, we don’t really promote negativity, but for the sake of curiosity, maybe you would want to know the reverse of “I love you”.
See you soon in Arabic – Araak qreeban – أراك قريباً
A not so formal, friendly goodbye.
See you later in Arabic – Araak laahiqan – أراك لاحقاً
This is another variation of “See you soon”. Both work in the same kind of setting.
Thank you very much in Arabic – Shukran jazeelan – شكراً جزيلاً
Remember when we said that Arabs are very fond of their manners? You can try and get on their good side.
No problem in Arabic – Laa mushkilah – لا مشكلة
So, not only they expect you to have manners, but they are also mannered themselves. You might hear this often if they believe they might have offended you. This is a good way to assure them that everything is alright.
What is your name in Arabic – Ma ismuk – ما أسمك
Meeting someone new for the first time, you might want to ask them their name.
What time is it in Arabic – Kam il saa’ah – كم الساعة
If you have to arrive somewhere but you are afraid you might be late, now you know how to ask what the time is in Arabic.
Do you speak Arabic – Hal tatakalam al arabiyah – هل تتكلم العربية
You might get this question a lot from native Arabs.
I don’t understand in Arabic – Anaa laa afham – أنا لا أفهم
This could be an answer to the above question.
I don’t know in Arabic – Laa a’rif – لا أعرف
Or you could answer with a simple “I don’t know”.
Merry Christmas in Arabic – Eid meelaad majeed – عيد ميلاد مجيد
The holidays were just upon us and in the spirit of the holidays, you can give your Arab friends the season’s greetings.
Happy new year in Arabic – Sanah sa’eedah – سنة سعيدة
What comes after Christmas if not the New Year’s. Sanah sa’eedah!And there you have it! Don’t forget that the mother of learning is repetition, so be sure to practice these phrases and as they will come in handy, not to mention that you will surely impress your friends with your new language skills. Kaleela totally supports your efforts so make sure to check out the rest of the articles so you will find out more about the Arabic language.
We believe that if you want to enhance your vocabulary, a great way would be to learn the common phrases instead of using only lists. Even when travelling, the guide books that you might buy contain phrases that help you roam around your destination, and not just isolated words. We hope this list will be of use in your future interactions with native Arab speakers!