Arabic Words and Arabic Vocabulary


It’s no surprise that more and more people today are choosing to learn the Arabic language. After all, it is one of the most commonly used and spoken languages, used in 22 Arab countries with more than 300 million speakers around the world. This has made Arabic a universal language, and one that is definitely worth learning.

The Arabic language is also the language of the Holy Quran; the Islamic religious scripture of more than 1. 8 billion people around the world. Arabic also plays an extremely significant (geo) and socio political role in today’s modern world. All of these factors make the language extremely important and highly valuable. But, can Arabic be learned easily and quickly?  The answer is yes! Arabic can be learned quickly and efficiently, and learning it can be a very enjoyable process.


So,   what is the fastest and easiest way to learn it?  

Language experts all agree that the fastest and easiest method of learning any language successfully is through learning and memorizing that language’s basic words, greetings, and most commonly used conversational phrases. Just like any other language, Arabic is no exception to this golden rule. Therefore, the best way to learn the Arabic language is start by learning basic Arabic words, Arabic vocabulary, and every day commonly used greetings and phrases.


But how do you start learning Arabic words and Arabic vocabulary?

The best way to learn and memorize Arabic words and Arabic vocabulary is to carry a frequency list with you.  Start your list by writing down 20- 30 basic Arabic words, phrases and most commonly used conversational greetings. Then, memorize these words by regularly referring to your list. After you finish learning these basic Arabic words and Arabic vocabulary, move on to more by increasing the number of words and phrases on your list.  We suggest adding 500 Arabic words and carrying the list with you at all times. Once you dedicate yourself to learning Arabic words and phrases on your frequency list, you can memorize them all within a month.  It’s easy and its fun!  All you need to do is commit yourself to memorizing 15- 20 words a day.

This method for quickly learning Arabic words and Arabic vocabulary through memorizing phrases can help you tackle an initial problem of most Arabic learners; not being able to perfect Arabic grammar and conjugation rules. In other words, you don’t need to master Arabic grammatical rules in order to speak Arabic words and phrases and properly express yourself; not during the first few months at least. Learning ready-built phrases will be ideal for you as a beginner and will help you reach your first initial goals and language needs, thus avoiding grammar rules at the first stages of your learning process that some beginners of Arabic may take time to learn.

Once you’ve embraced the language and memorized Basic Arabic words and phrases, you can proceed to the next step in learning the language by concentrating on the Arabic alphabet and pronunciation.


Practice makes perfect!

The key to perfecting any language and keeping it fresh in your head is practice , practice , and practice once more!

There are many frequency lists that you can rely on in order to start learning.

Below is a number of basic and most commonly used Arabic words and phrases to start your learning process and kick off your learning journey.

Good luck and enjoy the ride!


Good morning :

(ṣabāḥul kẖayr) صباح الخير

Hello: Marhaba


Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)

(masā’ al-khayr) مساء الخير

Good evening
(Evening greeting)

(masā’ al-khayr) مساء الخير

Good night

(tuṣbiḥ ‘alā khayr) تصبح على خير
(laylah sa’īdah) ليلة سعيدة

(Parting phrases)

m – (tosbeho ‘ala khair) تصبح على خير
f – (tosbeheena ‘ala khair) تصبحين على خير
(ma’a as-salāmah) مع السلامة
(ilā al-liqā’) إلى اللقاء

Good luck!

(bit-tawfīq) بالتوفيق!
Have a nice day

(atmna lk ywma tyba) اتمنى لك يوما طيبا

Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal

(bil-hanā’ wa ash-shifā’) بالهناء والشفاء / بالهنا والشفا
may you have your meal with gladness and health

Bon voyage /
Have a good journey

happy journey (riḥlah saʿīdah) رحلة سعيدة
successful journey (riḥlah muwaffaqah) رحلة موفق

I understand

(ana afham) أنا أفهم

I don’t understand

(lā afham) لا أفهم
I don’t know

(lā aʻrf) لآ أعرف

Please speak more slowly

(takallam bibuṭ’ min fadlak/ik) تكلم ببطء من فضلك

Please say that again

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

Please write it down

m – (uktubhā min fadlak) أكتبها من فضلك
f – (uktubhā min fadlik) أكتبها من فضلك

Do you speak Arabic?

(hal tatakallam al-lughah al-‘arabīyah?) هل تتكلم اللغة العربية؟

Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)

(na’am, qalīlan) نعم, قليل

How do you say … in Arabic?

كيف تقول كلمة … بالعربية؟
(kayfa taqūlu kalimah … bil-‘arabīyah?)

Excuse me

to attract attention – (min faḍlak/ik) من فضلك!
to ask someone to move (al-ma’dirah) المعذرة!

How much is this?

m – (bikam hādhā?) بكم هذا؟
f – (bikam hādihi?) بكم هذه؟


(āsif!) أسف

(mīn fāḍlīkā) من فضلك

Thank you

(shukran) شكرا
(shukran jazīlan) شكرا جزيل

Reply to thank you

(al’afw) ألعفو

Where’s the toilet?

(ayn al-ḥammām?) أين الحمّام؟

Would you like to dance with me?

>m (hal tuħibb an tarqus̱?) هل تحبْ أن ترقص؟
>f (tuḥibbīn an tarquṣī?) تحبْين أل ترقصي؟

Do you come here often?

(هل تأتين هنا غالبا؟