18 Basic Arabic Words and Phrases for Every Traveler

Are you planning to visit one of the Arab countries soon? Here are some of the must-know Arabic words and phrases for travelers that we got from some Arabic interpreters.

 

Marhaban  

This word is often said to greet visitors. It means “welcome!”

 

Salam

This word translates to the most widely used greeting (hi!) in English.

 

Shokran/Shukran

 

One of the most popular words in Arab countries, this word means “thank you.”

 

Naäam

 

Very basic yet very essential, this Arab word translates to “yes.”

 

La

The opposite of the previous word, la means “no.”

 

Ayna

If you can’t find the place you’re looking for, start a question with the word ayna. This word means “where.”

 

Jazeelan  

If you can’t thank the person enough, you can say shokran jazeelan or thank you “very much.”

 

Afwan   

If someone said thank you, your response should be Afwan, which means “you’re welcome!”

 

Kam howa thamanoh?

Travelers love shopping. If you want to buy something or at least inquire about a certain product, you can ask kam howa thamanon? It means “how much is this?”

 

Kaifa haloka (male) or Kaifa haloki ( female)

These phrases literally mean “how are you?”

 

Ana bekhair

This phrase answers the previous question. It translates to “I’m fine.”

 

Ada’tu tareeqi    

Travelers must really know this phrase. It means “I’m lost!” in English.

 

Arjuu Almaädhira 

If you think you need to apologize, say this phase. It’s the same as “I’m sorry.”

 

Min FaDlak/lik

If you need to ask someone a favor, kindly say this phrase because it means “please.” Use “lak” if you’re talking to a male, and “lik” for a female.

 

Hal beemkanek mosa’adati?

In case you need some assistance in carrying your bags, you can simply ask this phrase to your driver or valet. It means “can you help me?”

 

Abhatu ‘an (name of person)

Visiting a friend in his/her office? You can go to the receptionist and tell him/her Abhatu’an or “I’m looking for” (name of person).

 

Men fathlek/leki

If you need to pass by in front of a person, you can say men fathlek or “excuse me” if the person is a male. Then, say men fathleki if the person is a female.

 

Ma’a salama   

Leaving already? You can politely say ma’a salama to your friends. The phrase means “good bye!”

 

 

Aside from basic Arabic words, the interpreters we know are also experts in the translation of financial statements, legal cases, medical materials, and marketing materials. We hope this list has helped you! Happy traveling!