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 welcome
من فضلك
min fadlik

you’re very welcome
لا شكر على واجب
la shokr ala wajeb
thank you
شكرا لك, شكرا لكِ
shokran lak (m) [1], shokran laki (f) [2]
thank you very much
شكرا جزيلا
shokran jazilan
Excuse me!
بعد إذنك!
ba'd edznak!


I understand.

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

What does that mean?
ماذا يعني ذلك؟
madza ya'ni dzalika?
I don’t know.
لا أعرف
la aa'rif
I don’t speak Polish.
لا أتكلم البولندية
la atakalamo al bolandiyah
I speak a little Polish.
أتكلم قليل من البولندية
atakalamo 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 لكِ
jayid, 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 bad
سيء للغاية
sayie' 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 العمر
ana 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 England
أنا من إنجلترا
ana min enjiltirah
I’m English
أنا إنجليزي, أنا إنجليزية
ana enjlizi (m) [30], ana enjiliziyah (f) [31]


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