Shopping in Arabic

What could be better travel preparation than a free lesson on shopping in Arabic? Learn how to find your way around a shopping center, ask for what you want, and how to pay in Arabic. Need a larger size? Looking for a supermarket? No problem.

How do you say you’d like to try on an item of clothing? How do you ask for the closest ATM? You can master this essential travel Arabic by listening to the pronunciation on the audio and practicing the Arabic words and phrases aloud. And don’t be shy - shopping will be a lot more fun after this Rocket Arabic lesson!

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Pronunciation help for shopping in Arabic

In this lesson all gender specific words will be in the feminine form.

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El bosta

The post office


El mall

The shopping center


El so2

The market

السوبر ماركت

El supermarket

The supermarket


El saydaleya

The pharmacy

محل الكتب

Ma7al el kotob

The bookstore


El ma7al

The store


El ma7'baz

The bakery


El ftatry

The pastry shop

محل الشرايط

M7al shrayet

The music store

محل الهدوم

M7al el hedom

The clothing store

محل ادوات

M7al adwat

The hardware store


El gazzar

The butcher

دكتور العيون

Doctor el 3yon

The optician

Sales clerk in Arabic

Once you’ve found the right shop, you need to find what you’re looking for. Use the following words and phrases to find what you need, figure out how much it costs and tell the sales assistant how many you want…

انا بدور على ..............

Ana badawar 3la

I'm looking for…

عندك .............؟

3andek ………?

Do you have...

بكام دي؟

Bekam di?

How much does it cost?

عندك تاني؟ / عندك اكتر؟

3andek tany? / 3andek aktar

Do you have more?

مقاس كام دي؟

M2as kam di?

Which size is that?

انا عايزة اجربها / انا عايزة اقيسها

Ana 3ayza agarabha / ana 3ayza a2isha

I'd like to try it on.

فين البروفا؟

Feyn elprova?

Where are the changing rooms?

انا هاخدها

Ana ha7'odha

I'll take it.

Here are some more useful questions and answers.

ايه المقاس اللي انتي عايزاه؟

A elm2as ely enty 3ayzah?

What size do you want?


El m2as

The size

مقاس سمول

M2as small

A small size

مقاس مديام

M2as medium

A medium size

مقاس لارج

M2as large

A large size

مقاس اكسترا لارج

M2as extra large

An extra large size



I like it.

شكلها حلو

Shaklaha 7elw

It looks good.

مناسبة ليكي

Monasba liky

It suits you

مش مناسبة ليكي

Mesh monasba liky

It doesn't suit you.

Here are the words for some items you might be looking for…


El short

The shorts


El sharab

The socks

بانطلون استرتش

Pantalon stretch

The tights


El bloza

The blouse


El kravata

The tie


El 2amis

The shirt


El balto

The coat


El gazma

The shoes


El jaketa

The jacket


El pullover

The sweater


El sontiana

The bra


El slip

The underwear


El pantalon

The trousers


El shanta

The handbag


El jeeba

The skirt


El t-shirt

The t-shirt


El fostan

The dress

Once you found what you were looking for, you’ll need to pay.

من فضلك, ادفعي في الخزنة. / لو سمحتي, ادفعي في الخزنة.

Men fadlek, edfa3y fi el 7'azna. / Lao sama7ty edfa3y fi el 7'azna.

Please pay at the check out.

عايزة ادفع بالفيزا كارت

3ayza adfa3 bel viza kart

I'd like to pay by credit card.

عايزة ادفع كاش, لوسمحتي. / عايزة ادفع كاش, من فضلك.

3ayza adfa3 cash, lao sama7ty. / 3ayza adfa3 cash, men fadlek.

I'd like to pay with cash, please.

عايزة ادفع بالفيزا كارت, من فضلك. / عايزة ادفع بالفيزا كارت, لو سمحتي.

3ayza adfa3 bel viza kart, men fadlik. / 3ayza adfa3 bel viza kart, lao sama7ty.

I'd like to pay with my debit card, please.

ممكن ادفع بشيك؟

Momken adfa3 bshik?

Can I pay with travelers checks?

ايه رقم الفيزا كارت بتاعك؟

A rakam el viza kart bta3ek?

What is your credit card number?

احنا مش بناخد فيزا. / احنا مابنقبلش الفيزا.

E7na mesh bna7'od viza. / E7na mabne2balsh el viza.

We don't accept credit cards.

فين اقرب ماكنة فلوس؟

Fen a2rab makanet feloos?

Where is the closest ATM?

لو سمحتي, حطي رقمك السري. / من فضلك, حطي رقمك السري.

Lao sama7ty 7oty rakamek el serry. / Men fadlek 7oty rakamek el serry.

Please type in your PIN.

لو سمحتي, امضي هنا. / من فضلك, امضي هنا.

Lao sama7ty emdi hena. / Men fadlek emdi hena.

Please sign here.

That’s it for this lesson. Now, you are well prepared for your next shopping experience.

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!مع السلامة (Ma3a essalama!) Goodbye!

Amira Zaki: Rocket Arabic

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