10 Basic Arabic words for beginners



Though English is a global language and is spoke worldwide, its imperative to learn basic words of the local language of a country you are to travel or plan on moving to. I moved to UAE and got comfortable with the fact that English, Hindi and Malayalam was widely spoken. UAE is an Arabic country. However, it is indeed sad that majority of expatriates living here do not know how to converse in basic Arabic. In one way it can be viewed as tolerance of the UAE and its rulers to allow foreign languages to be dominant and on the other hand it can be viewed as lack of interest from expatriates.
The latter was the main reason as to why I indulged in learning basic Arabic words, to start off with.
You could use it when you are travelling to the UAE, Gcc or any Arab country. These basic words are easy to learn. Here are the basic 10 you should know.
Assalam Alaikum - Peace be upon you     Reply: Wa Alaikum Assalam - And peace be upon you
Shukran or Mashkoor - Thank you     Reply Aafwan - Welcome
Marhaba/ Ahlan wa Sahlan - Hello   Reply: Marhabteen
Sabah Al Khair - Good morning     Reply :Sabah Al Noor
Kaifa Halik - How are you    Reply: Al hamdu lillah/ Zayn/Tammam - Fine and praise to Allah/fine/perfect
Inshallah - If Allah/God wishes
Maashallah - Praise or compliment
Yalla- let’s go
Maafi Maloom - I don’t know
Naam - Yes   Laa - No

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