Essential Arabic Basics

Basic Arabic words

We made this big selection of basic Arabic words for complete beginners to learning Arabic.

Be sure to learn the essentials like Yes, No, Where, When, Why etc and you will at least be able to understand or participate in a conversation even if you only know these basic Arabic words and phrases.

Read more about our words and phrases here

 

نعم

na”am

Yes

لا

la

No

و

wa

And

حسنا

hasanan

OK!

ربما

robbama

Maybe

هو

howa

He

هي

heya

She

نحن

nahn

Us

رجائا

rajaa’an

Please

شكرا

shokran

Thank you

شكرا جزيلا

shokran jazeelan

Thank you very much

لا شكرا

la shokran

No thank you

عفوا

‘afwan

You’re welcome

عذرا

‘othran

Excuse me (to interrupt or to ask)

أرجو المعذرة

arjul ma”therah

Pardon me

أعرف

a”ref

I know

لا أعرف

la a”ref

I don’t know

دائما

daa’eman

Always

قط

qutt

Never

أفهم

aff ham

I understand

لا أفهم

la aff ham

I don’t understand

هذا

haatha

This (addressing male)

هذه

haatheh

This (addressing female and/or plural)

ذلك

thaalek

That (addressing male)

تلك

tilk

That (addressing female and/or plural)

هنا

hona

Here

هناك

honaak

There

كيف؟

kayf?

How?

كم؟

kamm?

How many?

ما هو؟

ma howa?

What is it? (addressing male)

ما هي؟

ma heya?

What is it? (addressing female)

أين؟

ayn?

Where?

من؟

mann?

Who?

متى؟

mata?

When?

لماذا؟

lemaatha?

Why?

أي؟

ayy?

Which?

لكن

laaken

But

آسف

aasef

I am sorry (addressing male)

آسفة

aasefah

I am sorry (addressing female)

آسفون

aasefoon

I am sorry (addressing plural)

حقا

haqqan

It’s true

إنتبه!

intabeh!

Watch out! (addressing male)

إنتبهي!

intabehee!

Watch out! (addressing female)

إنتبهو!

intabehoo!

Watch out! (addressing plural)

بالصحة و العافية!

bessehhaty wal ”aafyah!

Cheers! (wishing good health and well being)

مدخل

madkhal

Entrance

مخرج طوارئ

makhraju tawaare’

Emergency Exit

دورة المياه

dawratul myaah

Toilets

رجال

rejaal

Men

نساء

nesaa’

Women

منزل

manzel

House

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