Basic Arabic Adjectives

Basic Arabic Adjectives 2017-11-27T08:13:52+00:00

Adjectives describe people or things. You’ll need them whenever you want to describe what something or somebody is like. The car is old, the hotel is cheap. You get it. Memorize the Arabic adjectives below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Arabic“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Adjectives

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The Most Used Adjectives in Spoken Arabic

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Important adjectives

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
good
جيد
jayid
bad
سيئ
saye'
new
جديد
jadid
old
قديم
qadim
small
صغير
saghir
large / big
واسع
كبير
wasi'
kabir [1]

long
طويل
tawil
short
قصير
qasir
cheap
رخيص
rakheis
expensive
غالي السعر
باهظ الثمن
ghali assi'r
bahiz atthaman

light / clear
ضوء
واضح
daw'
wadih [2]

dark
ظلام
zalam
late
متأخر
mota'akhir [3]
early
مبكر
mobakir [4]
interesting
ممتع
شيق
momti'
shayeq

boring
ممل
momel
tired
متعب
mot'ab
easy / simple
سهل
بسيط
sahl
basit

for free
مجانا
majanan
right / correct
صحيح
مضبوط
sahih
madbot

wrong
خاطيء
khatie'
strong
قوي
qawi
weak
ضعيف
da'if

Notes:

1 When talking about size we can say مقاس لارج, maqas (large). When talking about 'a big scale' we can say واسع, wasi'. When we use the word large as huge, we say ضخم, dakhm.2 As in 'day light' or 'the light in the room' etc. If we're talking about weight it would be خفيف, khafif.3 When talking about an adjective as in 'He's always late'. The corresponding adverb as in 'I woke up late' would be متأخرًا, mota'akhiran.4 When talking about an adjective as in 'He's always early'. The corresponding adverb as in 'I woke up early' would be مبكرًا, mobakiran.

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  1. suzan September 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Why is the font on your site for Arabic words so small? Why can’t it be as large as the English font? Very difficult to read the letters and the diacritics.

    • App2Brain November 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Suzan,
      I agree the Arabic text appears to be smaller than the rest, although in fact it’s exactly the same size. Anyway, I’ve increased the overall font size and additionally made the Arabic text a bit larger than everything else. Hope it helps. In case you’d prefer the text to be even larger you can also use your browser’s zoom function (usually Ctrl +) to increase font size even further.

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