How are you? in Arabic

So you’ve mastered “hello” but what do you say next? How do you ask "How are you?" in Arabic – and how do you reply? Whether you’re feeling well, a little tired, or not so good, you’ll know how to explain after this free Rocket Arabic audio lesson. 

Whether you’re traveling to an Arabic-speaking country or getting to know people closer to home, these words and phrases are essential for your Arabic language survival kit. By the end of this lesson you’ll know the formal and informal ways to ask people how they are to ensure you make a good first impression. And just in case you need to apologize… you’ll learn how to say sorry in Arabic as well!

Feeling confident with these basic Arabic words and phrases will make such a positive difference to your experiences with Arabic-speaking people. Remember, a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet!

Pronunciation help for asking "how are you?" 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.

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For friends and family:

عامل ايه؟
3amel a?
How are you doing?
How are you?
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For strangers or more senior persons:

ازي حضرتك؟
Ezay 7adretak?
How are you?

What do you say if someone asks you one of these questions?

كله تمام.
Kolo tamam.
All good.
مش وحش.
Mesh we7esh.
Not bad.
انا عيان.
Ana 3yan.
I’m sick.
تعبان شوية.
Ta3ban shewaya.
A little tired.
As always.
كويس اوي.
Kowayes awy.
Very well.
الحمد لله كويس.
El 7amdolela kowayes.
Well, thanks.

A common follow-up question is, “And you?”, “wenta?” or more formal, “w7adretak?

And you?
و حضرتك؟
And you? (formal)
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If someone tells you that he or she is not feeling well you could say the following…

الله يسلمك
Allah yesalemak.
Thanks (lit. May God protect you)
الف سلامة.
Alf salama.
Get well.

Allah yesalemak is the response of alf salama. If someone is feeling great you might want to say the following…

Nice to hear.

The above words are extremely important. From experience, I know that the most important phrase in any language is how to say you’re sorry!

Others disagree. They say that there are THREE important phrases that you absolutely must know in any language. They are:

انا محتاج مساعدة
Ana me7tag mosa3da.
I need help.
انا بحبك
Ana ba7ebak.
I love you.
انا اسف
Ana asef.
I’m sorry.

Hmm, I can’t think of a situation in which I’d need to use all three, but I’ll leave it to your imagination! That’s it for today’s lesson.

مع السلامة Ma3a el salama.


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