Directions in Arabic

Getting directions in Arabic will be much easier after this free audio lesson. The Rocket Arabic team is here to arm you with the Arabic words and phrases you’ll need to find your way around an Arabic-speaking country.

Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as learning the word for 'where' in Arabic and a few Arabic road signs - as you may have already guessed, understanding the directions you are given can be more challenging than asking the questions!  

But don’t worry, a little practice is all you need – listen to the Arabic pronunciation in the audio and say the Arabic words and phrases aloud, as you imagine yourself strolling around Cairo or Alexandria.

Pronunciation help for directions in Arabic

As hard as you try, without helpful feedback your Arabic pronunciation is never going to be the same as a native speaker’s. If you've found it difficult to perfect the way you say Arabic words and phrases, this lesson will help you.

Using the blue Rocket Record buttons you can record the way you say each word or phrase, and compare it with the way a native speaker of Arabic does. That’s right, with Rocket Languages voice mapping technology you can record your voice as many times as you need until your pronunciation matches the Arabic speaker!

And when you are ready test yourself using My Level and really power up your learning and recall. Just click the "My Level" tab above to get started!

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ممكن تقوللي محطة القطر فين, لو سمحت؟
Momken t2oly ma7atet el 2atr feyn, lao sama7t?
Can you please tell me where the train station is?
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اروح محطة القطر ازاي؟
Arou7 ma7atet el 2atr ezay?
How do I get to the train station?
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حضرتك تعرف محطة القطر فين؟
7adretak te3raf ma7atet el 2atr feyn?
Do you know where the train station is? (formal)
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تعرف محطة القطر فين؟
Te3raf ma7atet el 2atr fen?
Do you know where the train station is? (casual)
  • Right turn in Arabic

Another more complete way of asking for directions is by saying…

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بعد اذن حضرتك! ممكن تقوللي فين محطة القطر من فضلك؟
Ba3d ezn 7adretak! Momken t2oly feyn ma7atet el 2atr men fudluk?
Excuse me! Could you please tell me where the train station is? (formal)
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ممكن تقوللي فين محطة القطر من فضلك؟
Momken t2oly ma7atet el 2atr fen, men fudluk?
Excuse me please! Could you please tell me where the train station is? (casual)

Here’s a list of some places you might like to go to and places you may pass on the way to getting there.

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شركة الطيران
Sherket el tayaran
The travel agency
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الاثار
El 2asar
The monument
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جنينة البيرا
Genenet el beera
The beer garden
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الحي
El 7ay
The suburb
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وسط البلد
West el balad
The town center
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الحمامات العمومية
El 7amamat el 3momeya
The public restrooms
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التاون هول
El town hall
The town hall
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الجنينة
El genena
The park
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الستشفى
El mostashfa
The hospital
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قسم البوليس
2esm el police
The police station
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المركز التاريخي
El markaz el taree7`y
The historic center
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المول
El mall
The shopping center
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الشارع
El share3
The street
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البار
El bar
The bar

Here are some words and phrases you might get to hear when asking for directions…

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شمال
Shemal
Left
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قدام
odam
In front of
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الكبري
El kobry
The bridge
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الناصية
El nasyah
The corner
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الشارع اللي بعد الجاي.
El share3 ely ba3d el gayye.
The street after the next.
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الشارع اللي جاي على اليمين.
El share3 ely gayye 3la el yemeen.
The next street to the right.
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الشارع اللي جاي على الشمال.
El share3 ely gayye 3la el shemal.
The next street to the left.
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على الناصية
3la el nasyah
Around the corner
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للشرق
Lelshar2
To the east
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للجنوب
Lelganoob
To the south
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للشمال
Lelshamal
To the north
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للغرب
Lel3`arb
To the west
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في اول
Fee awel
At the beginning of
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في آخر
Fee a7`er
At the end of
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دوغري
Do3`ry
Straight
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لليمين
Lelyemeen
To the right
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للشمال
Lelshemal
To the left
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يمين
Yemeen
Right
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جنب
ganb
Next to

When someone gives you directions, they’ll tell you that you need to take such-and-such street; turn left, and then follow another street…

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خد
7`od
Take…
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عدي
3addy
Cross
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اتبع
Etba3
Follow
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روح
Rou7
Go

Now, you might want to know whether it is far or not…

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هو بعيد اوي؟
Howa be3eed awy?
Is it very far?
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هو بعيد.
Howa be3eed.
It’s far.
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هو مش بعيد.
Howa mesh be3eed.
It’s not far.
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هو قريب؟
Howa orayeb?
Is it close by?
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هو قريب.
Howa orayeb.
It’s close by.
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هو مش قريب.
Howa mesh orayeb.
It’s not close by.

That’s it for this lesson. I hope you enjoyed the lesson!

Bye باي

Amira

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