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!
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How are you?
How are you doing?
For strangers or more senior persons:
How are you?
What do you say if someone asks you one of these questions?
الحمد لله كويس.
El 7amdolela kowayes.
A little tired.
A common follow-up question is, “*And you?*”, “**wenta?” or more formal, “w7adretak?**”
And you? (formal)
If someone tells you that he or she is not feeling well you could say the following…
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:
I love you.
انا محتاج مساعدة
Ana me7tag mosa3da.
I need help.
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.
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!مع السلامة (Ma3a essalama!) Goodbye!
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