Arabic Phrases That Are Useful in the Home
English — Spoken Arabic
Hello! — Marhaba! or Sallam!
How are you? — Kef halik?(female)
How are you? — Kef halak?(male)
Fine or good — Zain
I’m fine or I’m good — Ana Zain(male or female)
Let’s go — yalla
wait — Lah-za
Wait a minute — lah-za digiga
Help — saadni
Goodnight –Layla sa eda
Kam sa-a or Cham sa-a? – How many hours?
Ente, sino tabin? – You, what do you want?
Wen bet com? – Where is your house?
Ahna kalas – we finished
Ana kalas – I finished
Ana kalas eshtakel — I finished my work.
Ente sino sawi? – What are you doing?
Ana sawi kada – I am making lunch
Ana sawi hada –I am making this
Ta-al le henna – Come here
Sino tabin? – What did you want?
Rohay Jahmeya – Go to the shop or store
Ta’ale henna eb sera-a – Come here quickly
Ta’ale betna — come to our house/home
Mako eikel – No food or eaten nothing
Wayed eikel — too much food
Sino gal et marra? What did the lady say?
Marra gal et ente mako mouk. — The lady said you have no brain.
Mako mouk – No brain or thick, stupid
Ente/Anti mako mouk — You have no brain, you are stupid
Mako wekt – No time
Mako shay — nothing
Ana mako wekt alyoum. I don’t have time today.
Mako eshtakel – No work
Ako eshtakel alyoum — there is work today
Mako may – No water
Ako eikel – There is food
Ako mouk – Have brain or intelligence, intelligent
Ako may – There is water
Mako may bel hammam — there is no water in the toilet
Ente/anti tabin may? — Do you like water?
Rohay hammam – Go to the toilet
Rohay bel dar kom — Go to your room
Wayed eshtakel – too much work
Ente/anti helwa – you are beautiful
Ente halo — you are handsome
Ente/anti mozina(female) – You are bad(female)
Anta mozin(riyal) — You are bad(male)
Ente tabin semich? – Do you like fish?
Ente tabin diyay/diyaya?- Do you like chicken?
Ente tabin lahim? — Do you like meat?
Sino gol? – What did he say?
Sino gal? — What did she say?
Lesh, ente Minona?– Why, are you crazy?(refers to a female)
Lesh, enta minon? – Why, are you crazy?(refers to a male)
eyalla em shy – come on let us go
lisana towil −long tongue( description of someone who answers back their employers)
Minona — crazy(refers to a female)
Minon — crazy man or male
Rahat bel mat’ar — went to the airport
Anti/Enti matchufi? — Can’t you see?
Some Arabic Phrases That Might Be Useful at the Airport
Arabic Phrases – English Meanings or Translations
Sallam Alikom! – Hello!
Kef halik? (Female)– How are you?
Kef halak? (Male) – How are you?
andikom Jawaz? – Have you got a passport?
Selonkom? — How are you all?
Selonich? — How are you?(female)
Al Hamdelelah , zenna — Praise God, good/fine
Zen – fine/good
Mozina – not good/not fine
Ento wen betrohon? – Where are you all going?
Lesh ente mako eshtakel? – Why, don’t you have a job?
Ente araf kallam Englisiya? – Do you speak English?
Ente araf kallam Arabiya? –Do you speak Arabic?
Fein agrab jameya? – Where is the nearest shop?
Fein/Wen – Where is
Al Hamdelellah – Praise God
Enshalla – God willing
Sa-a kam? or Kam sa-a? – What time, is it?, How many hours?
Sa-a kamse – Fifth hour
Andikom floose? – Do you have money? or Have you got money?
Mako floose, miskina — No money, poor thing
Kush yamin min henna – Go right here
Ro/Rohay fok – go up
Alla tool – straight
jedam – in front
Alla yameen – to the right
Alla shimel/alla Yasser – to the left
henna – here
min wara – behind
Yani eh? – What does that mean?
Ahna be roh bel Mata’ar? – I am going to the airport.
Enta tabit ro ma’ay? – Would you like to come with me?
Ahna be roh bukra. – We are going tomorrow.
Ana be roh bukra. – I am going tomorrow.
Bukra — tomorrow
maffish/mako shay – nothing/none
Masalama – Goodbye
Kabeer Mata’ar – Big Airport
Ma’araf – do not know
Kalli walli – leave it
Ente rohay fok − you go up
Ente rohay tahat − you go down
Ente rohay jedam — you go in front
Ente rohay ala tool — you go straight ahead
Some Funny Phrases That I Learned
Shinu gaa’id tal-i? – What are you staring at?
Ma tisma adel? – Can’t you hear properly?
Fee shay? – Anything wrong?
khallini broohay – leave me alone go.
Shit tal-i? – What are you looking at?
Shinu tabin? – What do you want?
Ana maismat kallam − I don’t listen.
Ente kelba/kelb − You are a cow.
Lisanna towil — long tongue( means answering back too much)
Ente/Anti mozina(female) − you are no good.
Ente/Anti mozin(male) bel dar− you are not good in bed
Ente zen/zain − You are good
Ente maesmekh? – Can’t you hear?
Shitana — Satan-like(female)
Shitan — Satan
Mat shoof? – Can’t you see?
Al marra kelba — she is a cow.
Al marra minona — The woman is crazy.
Ente minona — You are crazy(referring to a woman)
Anti/ente Minon — You are crazy(male)
Arabic Phrases Written as They Are Pronounced
Just to let you know, I wrote the Arabic words how they are pronounced because I can’t write the Arabic alphabets. I wish I could, but I find it is easier to learn the spoken version of Arabic than the alphabets. It is much easier to learn Arabic properly when you work and live in a place that they speak the Arabic language like in the Middle East.
Thank you for reading my article. I hope that it helps you as it did me. Please leave any comments that you may have at the bottom of this page. Shokaran—Thank you.