Greeting someone: Arabic Words and Phrases for “How are You?”

how are you in arabic

Greeting someone: Arabic Words and Phrases for “How are You?”

So you’ve learned to say “Hello” and a handful of other basic greetings in Arabic at least a dozen ways, but there’s more to conversation than just saying “Hi”. When you’re Arabic speaking friend says, “Hello, how are you?” in Arabic you want at the very least to be able to say, “I am good” in Arabic, and that’s what this article is all about today – how to keep the conversation going by asking and answering the Arabic equivalent to “How are you?” No matter if you’re feeling good, bad, tired, or however you’re feeling, you’ll know how to reply in both formal and informal ways with these basic Arabic words for beginners.

If you’re traveling to one of the Arabic speaking countries, you should know that conversation is an essential part of Arab culture. Indeed, Arabs are known for their hospitality and knowing how to ask about them in their native tongue will earn you much respect and appreciation. Whether it’s over coffee with old friends or meeting new ones, the words and phrases you’ll learn today will be an important part of your Arabic language toolkit.

If you want to ask someone or a group of people in “ How are you?” in Arabic, use the following:

English Transliteration Arabic
How are you? kayfa halluk (m.) / halluki (f.) كيف حالك / حالكِ

If you’re asked these questions, here’s how to respond:

English Transliteration Arabic
Well, thanks El 7amdolela kowayes الحمد لله كويس
Very well Kowayes awy كويس اوي
As always kalmuʻtaad كالمعتاد
A little tired Ta’ban shewaya تعبان شوية
I’m sick Ana Ayan انا عيان
So-so Ya’ani يعني
Not bad Mesh wehesh مش وحش
Bad Wehesh وحش
It’s all good Kolo tamam كله تمام

Just as in English, a common follow-up question is “And you?”, as follows:

English Transliteration Arabic
And you?: Formal Whadretak? و حضرتك؟
Informal Wenta? وانت؟

If someone tells you that he or she is not feeling well, you can use the following:

English Transliteration Arabic
Get well Alf salama الف سلامة
God Bless You Allah yesalemak*الله يسلمك

*Allah yesalemak is the response of alf salama.

If someone is feeling great you might want to say the following:

English Transliteration Arabic
Nice to hear Kowayes! كويس

Becoming familiar with these words and phrases when you learn to speak Arabic will lead you to be more confident, which in turn will make a positive difference in your conversations with people from the Arab world.

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