Useful Arabic Words to Know
Useful Arabic Words to Know
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 Na’am/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
You’re 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 A’ti-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 don’t 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 Ma’lu-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-a’a-ssif
Downtown Al ba-lad Suitcase Shan-ta
Hospital Mus-tash-fa Telephone Ta-li-fone
Hotel Foon-dook Ther isn’t 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 “10’s” and “1’s” are said “1’s” and “10’s”. 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 10’s:

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

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