Arabic Useful Phrases

A collection of Arabic useful phrases. Click on the Arabic useful phrases to listen to an audio recording of the pronunciation, recorded by native speakers and great for you to check your pronunciation.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal.


(Arabic) العربية

What’s your name?
My name is …

Bon appetit

(bil-hanā’ wa ash-shifā’)
بالهنا والشفا

بالهناء والشفاء
may you have your meal with gladness and health

I understand

(ana afham) أنا أفهم

I don’t understand

Please say that again

(f – a’īd min fadlik / m – a’id min fadlak!) أعد من فضلك

Reply (You’re welcome)

Happy Easter

(fiṣḥ sa’īd) فصح سعيد
Christ has risen (el maseeh qam) المسيح قام
rsp – Truly he has risen (haqan qam) حقاً قام

Happy Birthday

(kul ‘am wa antum bekheir) كل عام و أنت بخير
(eid mīlad sa’aīd) عيد ميلاد سعيد

Special Thanks to Simon Ager,

Recordings by Amr Dawish via Apex Translations
Transliterations and corrections by Alex Karas