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Useful Arabic Phrases
Updated on 24 May 2017

The official language is Arabic, although English is the most commonly used language in all areas that incorporate tourism and commerce. Hindi, Farsi and Urdu are also widely used. Here are some basic Arabic phrases.

 

Greetings

Hello - marhaba

Peace be upon you - as-salaamu alaikum

(response) Upon you be peace - wa-alaikum as-salaam

Welcome - ahlan wa sahlan

Pleased to meet you - tasharrafna

Goodbye - maas-salaama

Until we meet again - ilallika’

 

General

Yes - naam

No - laa

Maybe - mumken

I hope so (God willing) - In shaa’ Allah

Please - min fadlak

Thank you - shukran

You’re welcome - afwan

Excuse me - udhran

Let's go - yalla

Congratulations! - mabrook!

Do you speak English? -

hal tatakallam al-ingliiziya?

 

Numbers

0 - sifr

1 - waahid

2 - ithnaan

3 - thalaatha

4 - arbaa

5 - khamsa

6 - sitta

7 - sabaa

8 - thamaaniya

9 - tisa

10 - ashara

100 - mi’a

 

Introductions

My name is... - ismii..

What is your name? - maa ismuka? (male) / maa ismuki? (female)

Where are you from? - min ayna anta?

How old are you? - kam umruka?

How are things? - kaif al hal?

 

Shopping

How much? - bikam?

Do you sell...? - hal tabii...?

I want to buy... - uriidu an ashtarii...

I want to pay... - uriidu an adfa...

Price - si’r

Receipt - iisaal

 

Dining out

The menu, please - al-kaa’ima, min fadlak

Water - maa’

Salt - malh

Sugar - sukkar

The bill please - al hisaab, min fadlak

 

Directions

Right - yamiin

Left - yasaar

Straight on - alaa tuul

Airport - mataar

Bank - bank

Beach - shaate’

Hotel - funduk’

Toilet - hammam

Where is...? - ayna...?

I am lost - anaa daa’i

How can I find a taxi? - kayfa yumke nunee aluthoor ala sayyaarat ujra?

I would like to go to... - awad an adhhab ila...

 

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