Now let’s learn some basic Arabic conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Arabic.

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

Basic Arabic words & phrases: conversations

How to Introduce Yourself in Arabic

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Basic conversation


please / you’re welcomeمن فضلك
min fadlik

you’re very welcomeلا شكر على واجبla shokr ala wajeb
thank youشكرا لك, شكرا لكِshokran lak (m) [1], shokran laki (f) [2]
thank you very muchشكرا جزيلاshokran jazilan
Excuse me!بعد إذنك!ba'd edznak!


I understand.أفهم

I don’t understand.لا أفهمla afham
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?آلو؟
أستسمحك عذرا؟
astasmahuka odzran?

What does that mean?ماذا يعني ذلك؟madza ya'ni dzalika?
I don’t know.لا أعرفla aa'rif
I don’t speak Polish.لا أتكلم البولنديةla atakalamo al bolandiyah
I speak a little Polish.أتكلم قليل من البولنديةatakalamo qalilon men al bolandiyah
Do you speak English? (informal)هل تتكلم الإنجليزية؟, هل تتكلمين الإنجليزية؟hal tatakalam al enjliziyah? (m) [4], hal tatakalameen al enjliziyah? (f) [5]
Do you speak English? (formal)هل تتكلم الإنجليزية؟, هل تتكلمين الإنجليزية؟hal tatakalam al enjliziyah? (m) [7], hal tatakalameen al enjliziyah? (f) [8]
Yes, I do speak English.نعم، أتكلم الإنجليزية.na'am, atakalamo al enjliziyah
No, I don’t speak English.لا، لا أتكلم الإنجليزية.la, la atakalamo al enjliziyah

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!أرجو أن تتحدث ببطء أكثر!arjo an tatahadatha bibot' akthar!
Nice to meet you!سررت بمقابلتك!, سررت بمقابلتكِ!sorirto bi moqabalatika! (m) [10], sorirto bi moqabalatiki! (f) [11]
How are you?كيف حالك؟, كيف حالكِ؟kayfa halok? (m) [12], kayfa haloki? (f) [13]
Good, thank you!جيد، شكرا لك, جيد، شكرا لكِjayid, shokran lak (m) [14], jayid, shokran laki (f) [15]
I’m well, thanks!أنا بخير، شكرا!ana bikhayr, shokran!
Not bad, thanks!لست في حال سيئة، شكرا!lastu fi halon saye'a, shokran!
very badسيء للغايةsayie' lil ghayah
What’s your name?ما اسمك؟, ما اسمكِ؟ma ismok? (m) [16], ma ismoki? (f) [17]
My name is [...].اسمي [...]ismi […]
What’s your first name?ما هو اسمك الأول؟, ما هو اسمكِ الأول؟ma howa ismoka al awal? (m) [18], ma howa ismoki al awal? (f) [19]
My first name is [...]اسمي الأول هو [...]ismi al awal howa […]
How old are you?كم عمرك؟, كم عمركِ؟kam 'omroka? (m) [20], kam 'omroki? (f) [21]
I’m [...] years old.أنا في [...] من العمرana fi […] mina al 'omr
What are your hobbies?ما هي هواياتك؟, ما هي هواياتكِ؟ma hiya hiwayatok? (m) [22], ma hiya hiwayatoki? (f) [23]
What do you like doing?ماذا تريد أن تفعل؟, ماذا تريدين أن تفعلي؟madza torido an taf'al? (m) [24], madza torideen an taf'ali? (f) [25]
What are you doing (at the moment)?ماذا تفعل (في الوقت الحاضر)؟, ماذا تفعلين (في الوقت الحاضر)؟madza taf'al (fi al waqt al hadir)? (m) [26], madza taf'aleen (fi al waqt al hadir)? (f) [27]
Where do you live?أين تسكن؟, أين تسكنين؟ayna taskon? (m) [28], ayna taskoneen? (f) [29]
I live in [...].أسكن في [...]askon fi […]
I’m from Englandأنا من إنجلتراana min enjiltirah
I’m Englishأنا إنجليزي, أنا إنجليزيةana enjlizi (m) [30], ana enjiliziyah (f) [31]


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