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Useful Arabic Words & Phrases

Greetings

Good Morning

Sa-bah al-khair

House(villa)

Beit/fil-la

Good Morning (reply)

Sa-bah al-nur

International Market

Al souq al dow-lee

Good afternoon/evening

Mas-sa Al-khair

Market

Souq

Good afternoon/evening (reply)

Mas-sa Al-nur

Middle East Centre

Mar kaz al sharq al aw-set

Hello (Peace upon you)

As-sa-lam a-lay-kum

Mini Market

Baa-ka-la

Hello (Upon you be peace) (reply)

Wa a-lay-kum as-sa-lam

Mosque

Mas-jiid

Welcome (also said in departing)

Ah-lan

Pharmacy

Sayee-da-lia

Hello

Mar- ha-ba

Police Station

Ma-ha-ta al Shur-ta

Good-bye (with peace)

Ma sa-la-ma

Post Office

Al Ba-reed

Shop

Doo-kan/ma-hal

Stationery Store

Mak-ta-ba

 

Other Useful Words and Phrases

Yes

Naam/ai-wa

Airplane

Tie-ya-ra

No

La

Al right (okay)

Qwai-yis

Bread  

Khoo-boos  

Coffee  

Qah-wa  

Please

Mini fad-lak

Car

Sai-ya-ra

Thank you

Shu-kran

Hot 

Sukhon / Haar

Youre welcome

Af-wan

Cold

Ba-rid

Departure Time

Waqt As sa-far

Do you speak English

Tatakallum Ingleezi?

Driver

Saw-wak

 

 

In the Limousine

Give me  

Ati-nee/Haat  

Fine (reply0

Al Ham-du-li-llah    (lit. Thank God)

Do you understand

Fa-him?

Food

Akl

Straight (ahead)

A-la tool

Friend

Sa-deeq

Right

Ya-meen

Gasoline /petrol

Ben-zeen

Left

Ee-sar/sha-mal

Gift

Ha-diy-ya

U-turn (return)

Ar-ja

Good willing

Insha`allah

Stop (here)

Wa-gaf (hen-na)

Guard

Ha-ris

Slow down

Shwai-ya, shawai-ya

Quickly  

Be-soo-ra  

Near

Ga-reeb

How are you?  

Kaif-Hal-ak 

Before/in front of

Ga-dam/a-mam

Behind

Wa-ra/khulf

Beside

Jamb

I dont speak Arabic

La-A-ta-ka-lam Ar-a-bi

Wait ( a little)

Sta-na(shwai-ya)

It does not matter

Ma-lesh

How much?

Kum?

Important

Mu-him

Street

Shar-a

Impossible

Moshe mum-kin

Road (Medina)

Ta-reek         (Ma-dee-na)

Information

Malu-mat

Bridge

Koo-bree

Is it possible?

Mum-kin?

Up/on

Foke

Menu

Me-nu

Down/below

Taht

milk

Ha-Ieeb

Money

Floose

My address is ..

Un-wa-ni

My name is

Is-mi

 

 

Places

Airport

Al ma-tar

Permit

Tas-reeh

Bank

Bank

Problem

Mush-kill-a

Police  

Shu-rta  

Reservation

Hajz

Company

Shar-e-ka

Soldier/military person

As-kar-ee

Compound

Sa-kan

Sorry, excuse me

Mut-aa-ssif

Downtown

Al ba-lad

Suitcase

Shan-ta

Hospital

Mus-tash-fa

Telephone

Ta-li-fone

Hotel

Foon-dook

Ther isnt

La yuu-jad/Ma fee ..

Other Useful Words and Phrases

Ticket

Taz-kara

Today

Il-yawm

Tomorrow

Bu-kra

Water

Mo-ya

Well (good)

Tay-yib, Bi-khair

When?

Ma-ta?

Where is ..?

Ein-a/fain../wain

Yesterday

Ams/ al Ba-ri-ha

Numerals

Although Arabic is written from right to left surprisingly numbers are written from left to right and in the same manner as English. Thus, 348 in English would be written 348 in Arabic, simply substituting the Arabic form of the numbers. Here are the first 11 numbers and their pronunciation in Saudi Arabia.

Zero Sifr   Six Set-ta
One Wa-hid Seven Sa-ba
Two Ith-nain Eight Tha-man-ya
Three Tha-la-tha Nine Tis-a
Four Ar-ba Ten Ash-ara
Five Kham-sa    

All the numbers that are a combination of 10s and 1s are said 1s and 10s. For example 23 would be said 3 and 20 in Arabic. However, the tens have their pronunciation a bit an altered. Here are numbers 11-22 and 10s:

Eleven Ehd-ash   Twenty Ash-reen
Twelve Ith-nash     Twenty one Wa-hed wa-ash-reen
Thirteen   Ta-lat-ash    Twenty two Ith-nain-wa-ash-reen
Fourteen Aar-bat-ash  Thirty Ta-la-theen
Fifteen Kham-stash   Forty Ar-ba-een
Sixteen Sit-ash  Fifty Kham-seen
Seventeen   Sa-bat-ash     Sixty Sit-een
Eighteen Ta-man-t-ash Seventy Sab-a-een
Nineteen Ti-sat-tash Eighty Ta-man-een
    Ninety Tis-a-een

Note: The een suffix is one form that Arabic use for the plural.

For the hundreds, Arabic is a bit more complicated. The numbers are said 100s and 1s and 10s. for example, 365 would be said 300 and 5 and 60. Here are the hundred:

One Hundred Mee-a Six Thousand Si-tat al-af
Two Hundred Mee-a-tain Seven Thousand Sa-bat al-af
Three Hundred Ta-la-ta-mee-at Eight Thousand Ta-man-yat al-af
Four Hundred Ar-bat-mee-at Nine Thousand Ti-sat al-af
Five Hundred Kham-sat-mee-at    
 

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