Talk basic Arabic words, phrases, common sentences

Basic Arabic Words

UAE is an Arabic country. However, it is very sad to notice that most of the majority of expatriates living here do not know how to converse in basic Arabic. In one way it can be viewed as a tolerance of the UAE and its rulers to allow foreign language to be dominant and on the other hand it can be viewed as lack of interest from expatriates.

English and Hindi are widely spoken and English is used in all the official documentation or press releases.

In any case, we lose a golden opportunity to learn a new language!

I remember when I went to Madras(now Cheenai), India in late 1990′s for higher studies and I was compelled to learn Tamil because people seldom talk any other language but Tamil.

It made me ponder….why not I learn atleast basic Arabic words. I started my lessons and I am proud today that I have learnt atleast 15 new words in the last 1 month and use it wherever I get an opportunity to talk to an Arabic speaking person in basic Arabic words.

Here are the words that I learnt and some in the process of learning:

Basic Arabic Words for conversation:

ARABIC                                                                            
 ENGLISH
Assalam Alaikum                                               Peace be Upon you
Reply: Wa Alaikum Assalam                                    And Peace be Upon you
We Aleikom Elsalam                                               Greetings
MarhabaHello
Reply: Marhabteen
Sabah Al Khair                                                             Good Morning
Reply: Sabah Al Noor
Masah Al Khair                                                         Good Afternoon
Reply: Masah Al Noor
Kaifa Haalik? (also Keefak)                                    How are You?
Reply: Bi Khair, Zayn or Al Hamdu Lillah           Fine and Praise be to Allah
Ahlan wa Sahlan                                                     Hello
Shukran                                                                          Thank you
Reply: Aafwaan                                                              You are welcome.
La Shukran                                                                   No Thank You
Mabrook                                                                           Congratulations
Masjid                                                                                 Mosque
A Ed min Fadlik                                                           Kindly repeat
Ma’assalama                                                               Good Bye
Kam Alsaa’a                                                                     What is the time?
Sayyarah                                                                         Car
Titakkellem ingleezi?                                            Do you speak English
Inta Min Weyn?                                                         Where are you from
Reply: Ana min India or Amreeka
Yaallah –Come on or let’s go
Mafi Mushkil –No problem.
Yani is a phrase used to mean “like” or “you know”
Wayn al hammam –where is the washroom or bathroom or toilet?
Inshallah –If Allah wishes
This word is heard the most. It denotes that if Allah wishes, our arrangement or deeds will be done.
Maashallah –What Allah Wishes.
This Is Used In Praise Of Someone Or Something Or As A Complement.
ARABIC                                                                            
ENGLISH
Naam Yes
La No
Aywa Yes or OK
Min Fudluk Please
Shoo? -What?
Shoofi Mafi? What’s up?
Shoo Hada? What is this?
Tamaam Perfect
Baadin Later
Dilwaati Now
Ilyoum Today
Bukra Tomorrow
Taal Bukra Come tomorrow
Ashoofook Bukra See You Tomorrow
Aadhi It is normal
Jebli Shai Get Me Some Tea  or Can I Have Some Tea Please?
Kallemni Call Me or Talk To Me
Ma Adhri I Don’t Know
Maa- i- Khussni It’s Not My Problem
Inta Kida Thumbs Up
Intaa Tabaan  Thumbs Down
Areed Areef I Want To Know
Mumken Asaduq Can I Help You?

Miscellaneous Arabic Words: These Arabic words are used while having a conversation.

ARABIC
ENGLISH
Tabaan Of Course
Andi I Have.
Kam How Much?
Kam Al Ijara How much is the rent?
Affwaan Excuse Me
Kullu Everything
Kullu Tamam Everything OK.
Wayn Where?
Maata When?
Shoo What?
Leysh Why?
Meen Who?

Useful basic Arabic words phrases when travelling :

ARABIC
ENGLISH
Sida Straight
Yasar Left
Yameen Right
Shuwey ShuweySlower.(Slowly slowly)
Khallaas Finish
Awwal First or Number one.
Thanee Second
Thalith Third
Rabbea Fourth
Muffruq Turning
Shariya Road
Ishaara Traffic Signal
Min From
Fouq Up
That Down

I hope that soon everybody picks up some basic Arabic words and Arabic phrases and starts conversing in Arabic. It is a beautiful language, I learnt.

Other great sources to Learn basic Arabic:

BBC

Learn Basic Arabic words and Arabic sentences through Videos:

Here are some great videos you could learn to speak basic Arabic words and phrases. Go through them in detail every day. I believe they are very useful for you to pick up some basic Arabic phrases/words:

How to say your name in Arabic?

How to say: Where are you from?

How to say in Arabic: How old are you?

How to say in Arabic: What is your Job?

How to say in Arabic: Good Morning.

How to say in Arabic: Different names of countries?

How to say in Arabic: Thank you.

How to say in Arabic: How are you?

How to say in Arabic: Names of different Jobs.

How to say in Arabic: I want….

How to say in Arabic: What is this?

How to say in Arabic: I don’t know!!

How to say in Arabic: There is…./ There are….

How to say in Arabic: Good Luck

How to say in Arabic: Hamza…

How to say in Arabic: Where are you going?

How to say in Arabic: Ma’ lesh

How to say in Arabic: Singular, Plural and Dual

How to say in Arabic: Adjectives


Deepak is a Credit and Risk professional, with interests in Technology, Business Quizzing, Reading, Writing, Table Tennis and Photography.

10 Responses to “Talk basic Arabic words, phrases, common sentences”

  1. khadyja

    Feb 05. 2014

    I din’t get what I wanted

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  2. jemil

    Oct 13. 2013

    thank u for ur lesson this is i wont to take short term lesson in arebic pls help me contact jemil_speed@yahoo.com

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  3. babu

    Jun 02. 2013

    Thank u so much…Deepak

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  4. Ejaz Ahmed

    May 25. 2013

    thanks but when i check from google translate it is showing some difference words which i unable to understand

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    • Deepak M

      Oct 05. 2013

      Hi Ejaz, Arabic has different dialects like any other language. It differs from place to place like Hindi. So a person from UAE may speak in different kind of Arabic than one from Egypt or Bahrain.

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  5. Maya Khan

    Dec 06. 2012

    Thanks alot for giving new vocabulary of arabic words its really great.

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  6. Maya Khan

    Dec 06. 2012

    Thanks alot for giving new vocabulary of arabic words its really great.Arabic is a very nice language its great to learn arabic .

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  7. Adil

    Aug 21. 2012

    In Abu Dhabi and Dubai there is no dress code. But if you do not want to stand out too much then dont wear revealing ctohles eg. mini skirts, singlets. You wont get fined for it but you might feel uncomfortable. But dont worry, they are very popular tourist places and the people who live there know that you are not from their country and so will not bother you about it. And yes, you can wear knee length dresses and high heels. Its perfectly fine. Most hotels allow alcohol without a permit

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