Arabic Phrases

This page contains a table including the following: Arabic phrases, expressions and words in Arabic, conversation and idioms, Arabic greetings, and survival phrases. It also helps if you simply want to know what to say when chatting in Arabic!

Most of the sentences below are used for everyday life conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them.

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Arabic Phrases


    

English Phrases Arabic Phrases
 
English Greetings Arabic Greetings:
Hi! Salam!   سلام
Good morning! Sabah el kheer   صباح الخير
Good evening! Masaa el kheer   مساء الخير
Welcome! (to greet someone) Marhaban   مرحبا
How are you? Kaifa haloka/ haloki ( female)   كيف حالك؟
I'm fine, thanks! Ana bekhair, shokran!   أنا بخير شكرا
And you? Wa ant? / Wa anti? (female)   و أنت؟
Good/ So-So. Jayed/ 'aadee   جيد / عادي
Thank you (very much)! Shokran (jazeelan)   (شكرا (جزيلا
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Al’afw   ألعفو
Hey! Friend! Ahlan sadiqi/ sadiqati! (female)   أهلا صديقي /صديقتي!
I missed you so much! Eshtaqto elaika/ elaiki (female) katheeran   إشتقت إليك كثيرا
What's new? Maljadeed?   مالجديد؟
Nothing much Lashai jadeed   لا شيء جديد
Good night! Tosbeho/ tosbeheena (female) ‘ala khair/   تصبح/ تصبحين على خير
See you later! Araka/ Araki (female) fi ma ba'd   أراك في مابعد
Good bye! Ma’a salama   مع السلامة
Asking for Help and Directions
I'm lost Ada'tu tareeqi!     أضعت طريقي! أضعت طريقي!
Can I help you? Hal beemkani mosa’adatuk?   هل بإمكاني مساعدتك؟
Can you help me? Hal beemkanek mosa’adati?   هل بإمكانك مساعدتي؟
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? Ayna ajedu (al merhaad/ assaidaliah)?   أين أجد (المرحاض/ الصيدلية)؟
Go straight! then turn left/ right! imshy ala tool, thumma ‘arrij yaminan/ shimalan
أمشٍ على طول ثم عرّج يمينا/ شمالا!
I'm looking for john. Abhatu ‘an John   أبحث عن جون
One moment please! Lahda men fadlek/ fadleki (female)   لحظة من فضلك
Hold on please! (phone) ibqa/ ibqay (female) ala al khat raja'an   إبقى/ أبقي علي الخط رجاءا!
How much is this? Kam howa thamanoh? (th as in bath)    كم هو ثمنه؟
Excuse me ...! (to ask for something) Men fathlek/ fathleki (female) (th as in that)   من فضلك
Excuse me! ( to pass by) Alma'derah   المعذرة
Come with me! Ta'ala/ ta'alay (female) ma'ee!   تعال معي!


    

How to Introduce Yourself
 
Do you speak (English/ Arabic)? Hal tatakallamu alloghah alenjleziah/ alarabiah?
هل تتكلم اللغة الإنجليزية /العربية؟
Just a little. Qaleelan!   قليلا!
What's your name? Ma esmouk? Ma esmouki?   ما إسمك؟
My name is ... Esmee…   إسمي....
Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss… Assayed…/ Assayeda…/ Al anesah ...   السيد... /السيدة/ الانسة...
Nice to meet you! Motasharefon/ motasharefatun (f) bema'refatek
متشرف / متشرفة بمعرفتك
You're very kind! Anta lateef/ Anti lateefa   أنت لطيف! أنتِ لطيفة!
Where are you from? Men ayna anta/ anti (female)?   من أين أنت؟
I'm from (the U.S/ Morocco) Ana men (amreeka/ almaghrib)   أنا من (أمريكا/ المغرب)
I'm (American) Ana (amreeki/ amrekiah (female)   أنا أمريكي/أمريكية
Where do you live? Ayna taskun?/ Ayna taskuneen? (female)   أين تسكن؟ أين تسكنين؟
I live in (the U.S/ France) A'eesho fel welayat almotaheda/ faransa
أعيش في الولايات المتحدة/ فرنسا
Did you like it here? Hal istamta'ta bewaqtika/ bewaqtiki (f) huna?   هل استمتعت بوقتك هنا؟
Morocco is a wonderful country Al maghrib baladun jameel!   المغرب بلد جميل!
What do you do for a living? Ma mehnatuk? Mehnatuki (female)   ما مهنتك؟
I work as a (translator/ businessman) A'mal ka(motarjim/ rajul a'maal)   أعمل كمترجم/ كرجل أعمال
I like Arabic Ohibbu allughah al arabia   أحب اللغة العربية
I've been learning Arabic for 1 month adrusu allughah al arabia mundu shahr   أدرس اللغة العربية منذ شهر
Oh! That's good! Hada shay'un Jameel   هذا شيء جميل
How old are you? Kam howa umruk? umroki (female)   كم هو عمرك؟
I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old. Umri ( 'eshreen/ thalatheen) sanah (th as in bath)
عمري (عشرين/ ثلاثين) سنة
I have to go Yajebu an athhaba al aan! (th as in that)   يجب أن اذهب الآن
I will be right back! Sa arje’o halan   سأرجع حالا
Wish Someone Something
Good luck! Bettawfeeq   بالتوفيق!
Happy birthday! Eid meelad sa'eed!   عيد ميلاد سعيد
Happy new year! Sana sa'eedah!   سنة سعيدة
Merry Christmas! A'yaad meelad Saeedah   أعياد ميلاد سعيد!
Happy Eid Eid mobarak!   عيد مبارك!
Happy Ramadan Ramadan mobarak!   رمضان مبارك
Congratulations! Mabrook!   مبروك!
Enjoy! (for meals...) Shahia tayebah!   شهية طيبة
I'd like to visit Iraq one day Arghabu bezeyarat al iraq.   أرغب بزيارة العراق
Say hi to John for me Sallem ‘ala John men ajlee   سلِّم على (جون) من أجلي
Bless you (when sneezing) Rahimaka Allah   رحمك الله
Good night and sweet dreams! Laila sa'eda wa ahlaam ladida   ليلة سعيدة و أحلام لذيذة!
Solving a Misunderstanding
I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) ‘Afwan!   !عفوا
Sorry (for a mistake) Aasef!   !أسف
No Problem! La moshkelah   لامشكلة
Can You Say It Again? A’ed men fadlek!/ A’eedi men fadleki (fem)   أعد من فضلك
Can You Speak Slowly? Takalam bebot’ men fadlek/ fadleki (fem)   تكلم ببطء من فضلك
Write It Down Please! Oktobha men fadlek/ Oktobiha men fadleki (fem)
أكتبها من فضلك! / أكتبيها من فضلك!
I Don't Understand! La afham!   !لا أفهم
I Don't Know! La a’ref!   !لآ أعرف
I Have No Idea. La adri!   لاأدري
What's That Called In Arabic? Ma esmoho bel arabiah?   ما أسمه بالعربية؟
What Does "gato" Mean In English? Mada ta'ni kalemat "qit" bel inglizia?   ماذا تعني كلمة "قط" بالانجليزية؟
How Do You Say "Please" In Arabic? Kaifa taqoulu kalimat "please" bel arabia?   كيف تقول كلمة "بليز" بالعربية؟
What Is This? Ma hatha (th as in that)   ما هذا؟
My Arabic is bad. Lughati al arabic laisat kama yajib   لغتي العربية ليست كما يجب
I need to practice my Arabic Ahtaaju an atadarraba 'ala al arabia!   احتاج ان اتدرب على العربية
Don't worry! La taqlaq! La taqlaqi (fem)   !لاتقلق/ لا تقلقي
Arabic Expressions and Words
Good/ Bad/ So-So. Jayed/ saye'/ 'adee   جيد / سيء / عادي
Big/ Small Kabeer/ Sagheer   كبير / صغير
Today/ Now Alyawm/ Al aan   اليوم / الآن
Tomorrow/ Yesterday Ghadan/ Albareha   غدا / البارحة غدا / البارحة
Yes/ No Na’am/ Laa   نعم / لا
Here you go! (when giving something) Khod!   !خد
Do you like it? Hal a’jabak? Hal a’jabaki? (female)   هل أعجبك؟
I really like it! A’jabani haqqan!   أعجبني حقا
I'm hungry/ thirsty. Ana jae’/ ana ‘atshaan   أنا جائع/ أنا عطشان
In The Morning/ Evening/ At Night. Sabahan/ masa’an/ laylan   صباحا/ مساءا/ ليلا
This/ That. Here/There Hatha/ thalek. Huna/ hunaak (th as in that)   هذا /ذلك. هنا/هناك
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Ana/ anta/ anti (you female). Houwa/ Hiya   أنا/ أنت. هو/ هي
Really! Haqqan   !حقا
Look! Onzor / Onzori (female)   !أنظر! أنظري
Hurry up! Asre'/ Asre'ee (female)   !أسرع! أسرعي
What? Where? Matha? Ayn? (th as in that)   ماذا؟ أين؟ ماذا؟ أين؟
What time is it? kam essa'a?   كم الساعة؟
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm. Enaha al 'ashera. Ennaha assaabe'a wa nesf.
إنها العاشرة. إنها السابعة و النصف مساءا
Give me this! A'teni hatheh! (th as in that)   !أعطني هذه
I love you! Uhibbok/ uhibboki (female)   أحبك
I feel sick. ana mareed.   .أنا مريض
I need a doctor ahtaju tabeeban!   !أحتاج طبيبا
One, Two, Three wahed, ithnaan, thalatha (th as in think).   واحد, إثنان, ثلاثة
Four, Five, Six arba'a, khamsa, sitta   أربعة, خمسة, ستة
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten sab'a, thamania (th as in think), tis'a, 'ashara.
سبعة, ثمانية, تسعة, عشرة

You may have noticed the tick (‘) in some places, it is the equivalent of a soundless “a” or a brief stop, which is the closest sound to a letter which only exist in Arabic.
The “th” is sometimes pronounced as “th of that” and sometimes as “th of think”, I usually state how you should pronounce it.
In Arabic there are two types of "h", the sharp “h” and the regular "h", the sharp one is hard to pronounce for many foreigner however a person can be understood even the sharp "h" is pronounced as a regular "h".

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