People & Professions in Arabic

People & Professions in Arabic 2017-07-03T14:28:40+00:00

Let’s talk about people, jobs and professions. These words and phrases will help you when talking about yourself and others, or when you’re planning to apply for a new job abroad.

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

People & Professions in Arabic

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People

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
human (being) / person
إنسان
شخص
ensan
shakhs

people / humans
أشخاص
ناس
بشر
ashkhas
nas
bashar [1]


woman
امرأة
emra'h
man
رجل
rajol
child
طفل
tefl
girl
فتاة
بنت
fatah
bent

boy
غلام
ولد
gholam
walad

Professions

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
profession
مهنة
mehnah
employee / worker
عامل, عاملة
a'amel (m), a'amelah (f)
clerk / official
موظف, موظفة
mowazaf (m), mowazafah (f) [2]
colleague
زميل, زميلة
zameel (m), zameelah (f)
pensioner / retiree
متقاعد عن العمل, متقاعدة عن العمل
motaqae'd a'n el-a'mal (m), motaqae'dah a'n el-a'mal (f)
unemployed person / jobseeker
عاطل, عاطلة
باحث عن العمل, باحثة عن العمل
a'tel (m), a'telah (f)
baheth a'n a'mal (m), bahethah a'n a'mal (f)

doctor
طبيب, طبيبة
tabeeb (m), tabeebah (f)
journalist
صحفي, صحفية
sahafy (m), sahafeyah (f)
engineer
مهندس, مهندسة
mohandes (m), mohandesah (f)
boss
رئيس العمل, رئيسة العمل
raees al-a'mal (m), raeesat al-a'mal (f)
director
مدير, مديرة
modeer (m), modeerah (f)
manager
مدير, مديرة
modeer (m), modeerah (f)
secretary
سكرتير, سكرتيرة
secerteer (m), secerteerah (f)
driver
سائق, سائقة
sae'q (m), sae'qah (f)
farmer
مزارع, مزارعة
فلاح, فلاحة
mozare' (m), mozare'ah (f)
falah (m), falahah (f)

baker
خباز, خبازة
khabbaz (m), khabbazah (f)
salesman (m), saleswoman (f)
موظف مبيعات, موظفة مبيعات
mowazaf mabe'at (m), mozafat mabe'at (f)
nurse
ممرض, ممرضة
momared (m), momaredah (f)
policeman (m), policewoman (f)
شرطي, شرطية
shorty (m), shorteyah (f)
cook / chef
طاه, طاهية
tahi (m), taheyah (f)
teacher (m), female teacher (f)
معلم, معلمة
moa'lem (m), moa'lemah (f)
shoemaker [Sg]
إسكافي
صانع الأحذية
eskafy
sane' ahdeyah

shoemakers [Pl]
صانعي الأحذية
sane'y al-ahdeyah
watchmaker [Sg]
ساعاتي
صانع الساعات
sa'aty
sane' sa'at

watchmakers [Pl]
صانعي الساعات
sane'y al-sa'at

Work & Application

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
(to) work
عَمَل
a'mal
work / job
عمل
وظيفة
a'mal
wazefah

workplace
مكان العمل
makan al-a'mal
employment / occupation
تعيين
توظيف
tae'en
tawzeef

office
مكتب
maktab
factory
مصنع
masna'
construction site
موقع بناء
mawqe' bena'
salary
راتب
rateb
(to) earn
كَسَبَ
رَبَحَ
kasab
rabah

(to) look for a job
بَحَثَ عن عمل
bahath a'n a'mal
(to) find a job
وَجَدَ عملاً
wagad a'malan
job interview
مقابلة التقدم للعمل
moqabalat al taqadom lel a'mal
CV
سيرة ذاتية
serah dzateyah
education
تعليم
ta'leem
experience
خبرة
khebrah

Notes:

1 All three are synonyms. Arabic doesn't differentiate much between 'people' and 'humans' when talking about a general topic. The only case it does is when talking about humanity or biology, and if that is the case بشر is used to express human behavior that is different or opposite to 'animal', حيوان.2 Employee, clerk, and official share the same translation of موظف.

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