10 Arabic phrases you must learn!
Learning a language is like falling in love. As an expat in the UAE, your love affair would be with one of the most beautiful languages in the world, Arabic! It is an exquisite beauty that uses fewer words to convey more meaning. IsnÔÇÖt that every manÔÇÖs dream?
Here are 10 basic Arabic phrases/words you must know.
- Sabah el kheer...Masaa el kheer - Good morning...Good Evening
ItÔÇÖs all about being polite. Even if you havenÔÇÖt mastered the language, a simple good morning or good evening helps maintain the friendly vibes.
- Marhaban - Welcome
Should someone thank you for something you did, donÔÇÖt forget to politely reply with the above word.
- Shukran - Thank you
No matter where you are in the world, a polite thank you is always appreciated, and if said in the local language, then it adds to the charm.
- Ada'tu tareeqi! - I am lost
An extremely handy phrase. ItÔÇÖs not uncommon to get lost in an unknown country, and sometimes, it can be a scary experience. Letting someone know you are lost can ensure you receive help on time.
- Titakkellem ingleezi? - Do you speak English?
Probably one of the first phrases you should learn! ItÔÇÖs a good way to let the other person know that you donÔÇÖt know Arabic.
- Hal beemkanek mosaÔÇÖadati? - Can you help me?
A new country, new people, a new lifestyle ÔÇô chances are you will be in need of help constantly. Hence, this is a good phrase to learn, to help begin a conversation.
- Addesh? ÔÇô How much?
Very useful when you go out shopping. If you can start with this, then itÔÇÖs a good beginning and with a bit of luck you can come to an understanding on the price, using gestures.
- La Afham ÔÇô I donÔÇÖt understand
Another way of saying this is ÔÇÿmsh fahemÔÇÖ which is also understood by most Arabic speakers.
- Mai ÔÇôWater
ItÔÇÖs so important to stay hydrated in the UAE, hence this is one of the most important words to learn!
- Yallah! ÔÇô Come on, letÔÇÖs go/Hurry up.
You will hear this a lot as it is one of the most common phrases used in the Emirates. Yallah is usually teamed with the word Habibi/Habibti, which means ÔÇÿmy friendÔÇÖ. So, Yallah Habibi means ÔÇÿletÔÇÖs go my friendÔÇÖ.
Always make sure you keep away from controversial and religious topics if you havenÔÇÖt mastered the language yet. So, go ahead start practicing your Arabic!