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Learning Arabic for free! Spoken by over 600 million people around the world, this ancient language is truly exciting to learn. This website equips you with everything you need to make your first steps in learning Arabic. Start today, and you'll be building your first Arabic sentences in no time. Equipped with pronunciation guide, this website is a good source to start learning Arabic today.

As you make your first steps in learning Arabic, you will explore the world of Arab culture, traditions, music and ways of life, which many westerners find incredibly fascinating.

Arabic Words

Learn basic Arabic vocabulary. These commonly used phrases are easy to memorize, and they are a good foundation for beginners.

English Roman Spelling English Roman Spelling
Hello Salam - Marhaba That Hadak
What is your name? Sho Ismak? (m)
Sho Ismek? (f)
These Hadol
My name is ... Ismi ... How much is this? Bekam Hada? - Addesh Hada?
I don't speak Arabic Ana ma ba'aref ahkee Arabee What is this? Sho Hada?
I speak Arabic a little Baa'ref Arabee Showayya Expensive Ghali
I / Me Ana Too Much Kteer
You Inta (m)
Inti (f)
Beautiful Jameel - Helow
He Howwa Nice Lateef
She Heyya Right Yameen
We Ehna Left Shemal
They Homm Straight Doghree
Yes Na'am - Aaywa Down Town Wast El-Balad
No La'a Street Share'a
How are you? Keef halak? (m)
Keef halek? (f)
Hotel Fondoq
Thanks God (answer to How are you?) Al-Hamdolillah Museum Mathaf
Fine (answer to How are you?) Kowayyes (m)
Kowayyesah (f)
Mall Souq
Good morning Sabah El-Khair Restaurant Mat'am
Good evening Masaa El-Khair Hospital Mustashfa
Goodbye Ma'assalama - Bye Toilet / W.C. Hammam
Hopefully Inshalla Doctor Tabeeb
Thank you Shukran Police Shorta
Thanks indeed Shukran Jazilan Passport El-Jawaz
Welcome Afwan (answer to Shukran) Identity Haweyya
You are welcome Ahlan Wa Sahlan Car Seyyara
Excuse me? (as question) Laww Smaht (m)
Laww Smahti (female)
Taxi Taxi Ojrah
Excuse me! (as sorry) Afwan Bus Bas
Pardon me Samehni (m)
Samehini (f)
Airplane Teyyara
If you please Min fadlak (m)
Min fadlik (f)
Train Qetar
Help me Sa'adni (m)
Sa'adini (f)
Tea Shai
Sorry Aasif Coffee Ahwe
Congratulations Mabrook - Tahanina Food Akel
Wait Istanna Juice Aaseer
Hurry up Besora'a Hubbly-bubbly water pipe Argila
Go away Emshi Sugar Sokkar
I want Biddi Without Sugar Bdoun Sokkar
We want Bidna Milk Haleeb
Do you want? Beddak (m)
Beddek (f)
The Bill El-Hesab
How much? Bekam? - Addesh? Invoice Fatora
This Hada

Arabic Verbs

Learn most popular Arabic verbs, used in a variety of everyday situations, conveniently accompanied by English pronunciation.

English Arabic Transliteration
to be (not used in present tense) كان - يكون (كون) kaana - yakuunu (koon)
to do; to make فعل - يفعل (فعل) fa3ala - yaf3alu (fa3l)
to work عمل - يعمل (عمل) 3amala - ya3milu (3amal)
to take أخذ – يأخذ (أخذ) axada - ya'xudu (axd)
to walk مشى - يمشي (مشي) maša - yamši (mašy)
to run جرى - يجري (جري) jara - yajri (jary)
to sit جلس – يجلس (جلوس) jalasa - yajlisu (juluus)
to eat أكل - يأكل (أكل) akala - yaa'kulu (akl)
to drink شرب – يشرب (شرب) šariba - yašrabu (šurb)
to sleep نام - ينام (نوم) naama - yanaamu (nawm)
to study درس - يدرس (دراسة) darasa - yadrusu (diraasa)
to learn تعلّم – يتعلّم (تعلّم) ta3allama - yata3allamu (ta3allum)
to understand فهم - يفهم (فهم) fahima - yafhamu (fahm)
to know عرف - يعرف (معرفة) 3arafa - ya3rifu (ma3rifa)
to read قرأ – يقرأ (قراءة) qara'a - yaqra' (qiraa'a)
to write كتب – يكتب (كتابة) kataba - yaktubu (kitaaba)
to say, tell قال - يقول (قول) qaala - yaquulu (qawl)
to ask (a question) سأل - يسأل (سؤال) sa'ala - yas'alu (su'aal)
to see رأى – يرى (رؤية) ra'a - yara (ru'ya)
to look at نظر – ينظر (نظر) إلى naZara - yanZuru (naZar) ila
to find وجد - يجد (وجود) wajada - yajidu (wujuud)
to lose (s.t.) ضيّع - يضيّع (تضييع) Dayya3a - yuDayyi3u (taDyii3)
to hear سمع - يسمع (سمع | سماعة) sami3a - yasma3u (sam3/samaa3a)
to listen to استمع – يستمع (استماع) إلى istama3a - yastami3u (istimaa3) ila
to love أحبّ - يحبّ (حبّ) aHabba - yuHibbu (Hubb)
to live عاش - يعيش (معيشة) 3aaša - ya3iišu (ma3iiša)
to wait انتظر – ينتظر (انتظار) intaZara - yantaZiru (intiZaar)
to buy اشترى - يشتري (شراء) ištara - yaštari (širaa')
to sell باع - يبيع (بيع) baa3a - yabii3u (bii3)
to open (s.t.) فتح - يفتح (فتح) fataHa - yaftaHu (fatH)
to close (s.t.) غلق - يغلق (غلق) ġalaqa - yaġliqu (ġalq)
to play لعب - يلعب (لعب) la3aba - yal3ibu (li3b)

Arabic Phrases

Learn most commonly used Arabic phrases and idiomatic expressions: greetings, wishes, proverbs and other everyday Arabic phrases

When learning common Arabic phrases, it is important to memorize the answers that go with each phrase (this is very important, and saying anything else would be incorrect and even rude).

English Arabic Pronunciation
Welcome; hello أهلا وسهلا ahlan wa sahlan
response أهلا بيك ahlan bīk
Welcome; hello مرحبا marHaban
response مرحبا بيك marHaban bīk
Hello السلام عليكم as-salāmu 3aleikum
response وعليكم السلام w3aleikum as-salām
Good morning صباح الخير SabāH al-xeir
response صباح النور SabāH an-nūr
Good evening مساء الخير masā' al-xeir
response مساء النور masā' an-nūr
How are you? كيف حالك؟ keif Hālak
response بخير الحمد لله bexeir al-Hamdulillāh
Nice to meet you فرصة سعيدة furSa sa3īda
response أنا الأسعد ana l-as3ad
Good night تصبح على خير tiSbaH 3ala xeir
response وانت من أهله winta min ahlo
Goodbye مع السلامة ma3a s-salāma
response الله يسلمك allāh ysallimak
Please من فضلك min faDlak
Please (to get attention) لو سمحت law samaHt
Please (go ahead, invitation) اتفضل itfaDDal
Thank you شكرا šukran
A thousand thanks ألف شكر alf šukr
Pardon me لا مؤآخذة la mo'axza
Excuse me بعد اذنك ba3d iznak
Bon appetit بالهنا والشفا bil-hana wiš-šifa
response الله يهنّيك allāh yihannīk
Good luck ربنا يوفقك rabbena ywaffa'ak
Happy birthday عيد ميلاد سعيد 3īd mīlād sa3īd
Happy Ramadan رمضان كريم ramaDān karīm
response الله أكرم allāhu akram
Happy Eid عيد مبارك 3īd mubārak
response الله يبارك فيك allāh yibārik fīk
Congratulations مبروك mabrūk
A thousand congratulations ألف مبروك alf mabrūk
response الله يبارك فيك allāh yibārik fīk
Can I help you? هل بإمكاني مساعدتك؟ Hal beemkani mosa'adatuk?
Can you help me? هل بإمكانك مساعدتي؟ Hal beemkanek mosa'adati?
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? أين أجد (المرحاض/ الصيدلية)؟ Ayna ajedu (al merhaad/ assaidaliah)?
Go straight! then turn left/ right! أمشٍ على طول ثم عرّج يمينا/ شمالا! imshy ala tool, thumma 'arrij yaminan/ shimalan
I'm looking for john. أبحث عن جون Abhatu 'an John
One moment please! لحظة من فضلك Lahda men fadlek/ fadleki (female)
Hold on please! (phone) إبقى/ أبقي علي الخط رجاءا! ibqa/ ibqay (female) ala al khat raja'an
How much is this? كم هو ثمنه؟ Kam howa thamanoh? (th as in bath)

Arabic Proverbs:

الاعتراف بالحق فضيلة (il-i3tiraaf bil-Ha''e faDiila.)

Admitting it when someone else is right is a virtue.


ما خفي كان أعظم (ma xafiya kaana a3Zam.)

What is (still) hidden is more than what has happened/been revealed so far. (This is just the tip of the iceberg.)


التكرار يعلّم الحمار (it-tikraar yi3allim il-Humaar.)

Repetition teaches (even) a donkey. (Practice makes perfect.)


في الامتحان يكرم المرء أو يحان (fil-imteHaan yokram il-mar' aw yohaan.)

At the time of a test, a person rises or falls. (People's real worth is known only through trial.)


امشي في جنازة ولا تمشي في جوازة (imši fi ganaaza walla timši fi gawaaza.)

Being involved in a funeral is better than trying to arrange marriages. (Warning about matchmaking.)


لبس البوصة، تبقى عروسة (labbis il-buuSa, tib'a 3aruusa.)

Dressing up a stick turns it into a bride. (Costume makes the clown.)


طبّاخ السمّ بيدوقه (Tabbaax is-simm biyduu'u.)

One who cooks poison tastes it. (What goes around comes around.)

Arabic Pronunciation and Transliteration

When it comes to the Arabic pronunciation and its English transliteration, you may often see that the numbers are used. This is done to substitute the sounds that don't exist in the English language:

2 - the glottal stop - uh2 oh...
3 - 'ayn ( pronounced with the back of your throat, deep sound)
5 - kh - German ch
6 - T - heavy version of "t"
7 - H - strongly aspirated "h"
9 - S - heavy version of "s"

Arabic Language and the Arab Culture

The Arab culture stretches across a number of countries in the Middle East, Western Asia and North Africa. In this countries, Arab culture has a strong influence in the language, literature, cuisine, architecture, religion and art. This is also referred to as the Pan-Arab world, which can be divided into the Nile Valley countries, Al-Maghrib Al-Arabi, Fertile Crescent and the Arabian Peninsula.

Arabic Speaking Countries:

Algeria Bahrain Chad Comoros
Djibouti Egypt Eritrea Iraq
Israel Jordan Kuwait Lebanon
Libya Mauritania Morocco Oman
Palestine Qatar SADR Saudi Arabia
Somalia Somaliland Sudan Syria
Tunisia United Arab Emirates Yemen

Arab culture has been greatly influenced by the religion of Islam, and Qu'aran has been shaping the modern Arabic language for centuries. It has also had a strong influence on the Arab literature. Although it would be wrong to say that all members of the Arab culture are Muslim, Islam most definitely has a strong influence, and the religion is taken more seriously in the Arab culture than it is in the Western world.

Family is among traditional Arabic values. It is expected of the family members to support each other with disputes with outsiders, take care of relatives and defend each other's honor.

Arab Cuisine

Like in any culture, traditional cuisine is an important part of the Arab culture. Arabs rely heavily on dates, wheat, barley, rice, meat and yogurt. With lamb and chicken being the most popular among the meat products, the dwellers of the coastal areas consume a lot of fish. Islam strictly prohibits pork, therefore, it isn’t used in the Arab cuisine. The local cuisine is known for a variety of spices, with mint, thyme, sesame, saffron, turmeric and garlic being widely used. Many Arab and Middle Eastern dishes have become international favorites, served and loved all over the world. These sure include Hummus, Manakeesh, Grilled halloumi, Foul meddamas, Falafel, Tabouleh, Moutabal/baba ghanoush, Fattoush, Umm Ali, Shanklish, Shawarma, Shish tawook, Dolma, Mansaf and many more.

All Arab countries have their local specialties and favorites, so be sure to try local foods when you travel to an Arab country.


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