Basic Arabic phrases
• أهلاً (ahlaan!): Hi
• مساء الخير (masa'a alkhayr): Good evening
• ليلة سعيدة (layla sa'eeda): Good night
• ما اسمك؟ (ma aismuk?): What’s your name?
• أهلا وسهلا ('ahlan vasahlan): Welcome!
• كيف أصل إلى هناك، من فضلك؟ (kayf asil ela hunak, min fadlik?): How do I get there?
• أراك في المرة القادمة. (arak fi almara alqadima.): See you next time.
• أراك قريبًا! (arak qariban!): See you soon!
• لنمرح قليلا. (lenamrah qaleelan): Let's have some fun.
• وداعًا! (wada'an!): Bye!
• شكرًا لك. (shukran lak): Thank you.
• العفو. (al'afw.): You're welcome.
• اعذرني! ('ouzurni): Excuse me!
• كم عمرك؟ (kam omruk?): How old are you?
• أنا عمري ... سنة. (ana omri ... sana): I’m… years old.
• لا تقلق! (la taqlaqi): Don't worry!
We have prepared a list of common Arabic expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in Arabic in no time. Let's dig in!
If you find yourself in Dubai it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Arabic speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Arabic is "صباح الخير".
Now enjoy being greeted by a native speaker:
But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Saudi Arabia? Well, “Good afternoon” in Arabic is "مساء الخير".
Now listen to how an Arabic speaker would pronounce it:
Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Kuwait and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "انا اسمي موندلي" which means "My name is Mondly" in Arabic.
Listen to how a person from Dubai would pronounce this phrase:
Now that you have introduced yourself, an Arabic speaker would respond "أنا سعيد بلقائك" which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in Arabic.
Listen to a native Arabic speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:
At this point, it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in Arabic.
It’s really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:
If, on the other hand, an Arabic speaker asks you first how are you doing, this is how you can answer politely. Apply the unspoken rule of politeness everywhere you go and many doors shall joyously open in your path.
Here's a native speaker showing you how to say it:
And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Qatar you might have to learn how to order a beer in Arabic.
Let a native Arabic speaker show you how it's done:
There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say "انا آسف" which means "I'm sorry" in Arabic.
Listen to how it's pronounced:
This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in Arabic to a co-worker from Dubai that you are probably going to see the next day.
Delight your senses with an Arabic speaker saying the phrase:
Let's end with the best way to end a pleasant conversation politely. This is another way of saying "Goodbye" in Arabic.
Here's how a person from Dubai would pronounce it:
• هل يمكنني رؤية قائمة الطعام، من فضلك؟ (hal yumkinuni ruyat qayimat altaeami, min fadlika?): May I see the menu?
• هل أستطيع تناول كأس آخر من الشاي؟ (hal 'astatie tanawul kas akhar min alshaay?): Can I have another cup of coffee?
• إنه لذيذ! (ennahu laziz.): It is delicious.
• الفاتورة، من فضلك. (alfatora, min fadlik.): The bill, please.
• أين يوجد مطعم جيد؟ (ayn yujad mateam jayid): Where is a good restaurant?
• أين هو مترو الانفاق؟ ('ayn hu mitru alianfaqi?): Where is the subway?
• أين محطة القطار؟ (ayn mahattat alqitar?): Where is the train station?
• تذكرة واحدة (tadhkirat wahida)/تذكرتين (tadhkaratayn): One ticket/Two tickets
• كم يكلف؟ (kam yukalif): How much is it?
• هل لديكم ...؟ (hal ladaykum ...): Do you have...?
• هل تستطيع مساعدتي؟ (hal tastatee'a musa'adati): Can you help me?
Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning Arabic was one of the best choices you ever made.
Once you start learning a few basic sentences in Arabic you will have the knowledge to start your first Arabic conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real-life conversations to get you speaking Arabic in no time.
Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Arabic phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Arabic knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.
Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common Arabic phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.
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