From friendly greetings to local courtesies, we share the top words and phrases to help improve your Arabic language skills.
Boost your linguistic skills with our guide to the most common Arabic sayings and phrases.
From how to ask a price to simple introductions and expressing gratitude, these easy-to-learn words will help you in everyday life.
Arabic, like all other languages, requires time and motivation, so try speaking, listening, reading or writing on a daily basis.
Here are a few key phrases to get you started:
Hi – Salam سلام
Thank you – Shokran شكرا
Welcome – Marhaba مرحبا
My name is ... – Esmee… إسمي....
Good morning –Sabah ala-kheir صباح الخير
Good afternoon – Masa' al-kheir مساء الخير
Yes/ No – Na’am/ Laa نعم / لا
How much is this? – Kam Thamanoh كم ثمنه
I'm lost – Ada'tu tareeqi أضعت طريقي
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? – Ayna ajedu (al merhaad/ assaidaliah)? أين أجد (المرحاض/ الصيدلية)؟
What time is it? – Kam essah? كم الساعة؟
Good-bye – Ma’a salama مع السلامة
How are you? - Kaifa haloka/ haloki (f) ) كيف حالك؟
Good/ Bad/ So-So – Jayyed / saye'/ 'adee جيد / سيء / عادي
Nice to meet you! – Motasharefon/ motasharefatun (f) bema'refatek
متشرف / متشرفة بمعرفتك
Congratulations! – Mabrouk! مبروك
What is This? – Ma hatha (th as in that) ما هذا؟
Do you speak (English/ Arabic)? – Hal tatakallamu alloghah alenjleziah/ alarabiah? هل تتكلم اللغة الإنجليزية /العربية؟
If you’re keen to take your learning to the next level, pick up a language tape or a phrase book at one of the below stores in the Dubai shopping malls:
Virgin Megastore in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.Borders in City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif. For children’s books and tapes the Early Learning Centre in City Centre Mirdif.
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