USEFUL ARABIC PHRASES

Standard Greetings

Hello : al – salaam alaykum

(Response) : wa alaykum al salaam

Usually followed by

How are you? : Kef- Halak? (males)

How are you? : Kef- Halik? (females)

Response

Fine, Thanks : zein al – hamdu lillah (by males)

Fine, Thanks : zeina al – hamdu lillah (by females)

Goodbye : ma’al salaama

(Response)

To a male : alla ysalmak

To a female : alla ysalmich

To a group : alla ysallimkum

 General Personal Questions

What is your name?

To a male : shismak?

To a female : shismich?

Response

My name is … : ismi (your name)

Where are you from? : min wayn inta?

Response

I am from … : ana min (your place)

I understand

(by a male) : ana fahim

(by a female) : ana fahma

I don’t understand

(by a male) : ana mu fahim

(by a female) : ana mu fahma

Usable Words - Personal

Thank you : shukran

Please

To a male : min fadhlak

To a woman : min fadhlich

OK : zein or tayib

Excuse me

To a male : lau samaht

To a female : lau samaht

To a group : lau samahtu

No problem : mafee mushkil

Impossible : mish mumkin

Directions - Questions

How do I get to? : keef boosal lil …?

How many kilometers : cham kilomets?

What street is this : shoo-hatha sharai?

Where is the… : wein al….?

How far is…? : cham yibe’id…?

I need a meachanic : ana abga mekaneeki

I have no petrol : khlas el-betrol

I have had an accident : ana a’malt hads

Where is a service station? : wayn mahattet el-betrol

I like….litres : abga ……leeter

Usable Words - Directions

Left : shimaal

Right : yimeen

Straight : ala tool

Street : shaari’

City : madina

Near : gareeb

Far : ba’eed

North : shimaal

East : sharg

West : gharb

South : janub

Airport : al-mataar

Taxi : el-taks

Bus : al-bas

Car : sayaara

Diesel : deezel

Petrol : betrol

Tour Guide : daleel seeyahe

Emergencies

Help me : saa’idoonee!

Call the police : itasell bil shurta!

I’m ill : ana maareed

I’m allergic : andee hasasiyya

Usable Words – Emergencies

Pharmacy : al-sayidaliyya

Doctor : al - tabbeb

Hospital : al-mustashfa

Medicine : dawa

Diarrhea : is-haal

Fever : sukhooma

Police : al-shuta

Numbers, Time & Dates

0 : sifr

1 :wahid

2 : ithneen

3 : thalatha

4 : arba’a

5 : khamsa

6 : sitta

7 : saba’a

8 : tamaniya

9 : tis’a

10 : ashra

20 : ‘ishreen

30 : thalatheen

40 : arbi’een

50 : khamseen

100 : imia

Time

What time is it? : as – sa’a kam?

Response

Its ….. : as-sa’a…

Monday : yom al ithneen

Tuesday : yom al-thalath

Wednesday : yom al-arbaa’

Thursday : yom al-khamis

Friday : yom al-jama’a

Saturday : yom as-sabt

Sunday : yom al-had

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