Monthly Saudi Arabic Posting Time


I’m very pleased that the posts which I have written previously on Arabic have been popular. Therefore I decided to add a regular monthly Arabic post as a standard feature of my blog.

Some important basics everyone should know:

I ana

You enta (male) entee (female)

He huwa

She hiya

They humma

We nahnu

Mine liya or lee

Yours laka

His lahu

Her’s laha

Their’s lahum

Ours lana

Why? Laish

When? Meta

No la

Yes na’am

37 Responses

  1. I think the first 2 and the last 2 on the list are perhaps the most important along with the previously posted shukran and afwan.

    Is there a separate you plural form?

    How about Where? Feen? along with When?

    Great series. Thanks!

  2. thanks for your efforts

    its being easier to learn arabic now

    thanks again – please post daily alongwith your mind boggling articles:)

  3. Of course, Arabic being such a wide and varied language, one must understand that there are varients of these depending on where you go. There is also often more then one way of saying the same thing in the same place, ie “na’am” can also be “aywa’.

    Transliteration becomes an issue when you are not writing in Arabic script.

    At first, when I first started learning Arabic I’d get frustrated that I’d have to learn different words when speaking to people of different regions and have to explain myself when speaking to an Egyptian when I’d be perfectly understood by someone of the Khalij, but I got used to it.

    As to Morrocans and other Maghrebes, forgot about it.


    As to plural form, Arabic actually has more than one plural form. There is one for two, and one for three or more.

  4. Abu Sinan- ah yes, na’am and aywa both very familiar.

    The dual plural discussion came up on another of American Bedu’s lessons, but I thought it was for “we” (two-originally “wit” in Old English) and “we” (three etc originally “we” in Old English).

    Dialectal variations in Arabic are challenging but ultimately enriching, Moroccan being probably the most distant-all that amazigh, French, and back translated Spanish LOL-I used to be able to distinguish Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisia but no longer. Only sure fire Moroccan is the number 2 “juge”

    Transliterations in my opinion are especially interesting from Arabic to each different European language eg. fadil (Fr) fadeel (En) taoufik (Fr) tawfik (En) etc.

    American Bedu is giving us a start, and a starting point for discussions that teach more.


    BTW where have you been in the marrying a Saudi man debates-you have been conspicuous by your absence LOL :-)

  5. Thank you, this post is well-timed

  6. Chiara,

    I have just been kind of busy. As to marrying Saudi men, I wouldnt be a good one for that, my wife and her three sisters have all said they’d never marry a Saudi man again.

    This includes Saudi men born and raised in the West, their contention being that the cultural trash that marks the majority of these men knows no international borders.

  7. Glad you all like the arabic post but if you want to digress on other subjects please do so offline via email, the debate page or the applicable post! Appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

  8. Abu Sinana, wrong post, yet always enjoyable to read your delicately diplomatically worded comments.

    ”NO” is the most important word in any language, but it can always be replaced by a knock on the head.
    ”Sodd off” is also a very important expression, can we have that one in unequivical Arabic please??

  9. My apologies for my part in going off topic. I expected the response, if any, to go on the appropriate thread.

    Re: arabic language on this post, I notice there is no You (plural) listed-what would it be?

  10. You (plural) according to “Making Out in Arabic” is “antum”

    “Sod Off” looks like it has the book’s equivalent to “Stop bothering me” and is: “tawaqqaf ‘an iza’aajii”

    Does the “kit” pictured above come from the company SoundVision?

  11. Ah, like a big girl:-) , and linguistically trained enough to google appropriately :- ) I found the following answers to my dual plurals and you plural questions:

    Arabic Subject Pronouns


    I أنا Ana

    you (singular masculine.) أنتَ Anta
    you (singular feminine) أنتِ Anti

    he هو Howa
    she هي Hiya


    you (dual male or female) أنتُما Antuma
    they (dual male or female) هُما Humaa


    We نحن Nahn

    you (plural masculine) أنتُم Antum
    you (plural feminine) أنتُن Antun

    they (plural masculine) هُم Hum
    they (plural feminine) هُن Hun

    I hope others find this helpful, and love dual plurals as much as I do!

    Continuing on the post, the same site offers the following possessive pronouns:

    Arabic Independent Possessive Pronouns


    Mine li لي

    yours (sing masculine) lak لك
    yours (singular feminine) laki لك

    his lah له
    hers laha لها


    yours (dual male or female) lakumaa لكما
    theirs (dual male or female) lahumaa لهما


    Ours lana لنا

    yours (plural masculine) lakum لكم
    yours (plural feminine) lakun لكن

    theirs (plural masculine) lahum لهم
    theirs (plural feminine) lahun لهن


    Thanks again for the impetus to learn/re-learn these.

  12. Thanks Susan. I leave to Aafke, a comment about how close “Stop bothering me” is to her view of “sod off” LOL.

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  14. I thank everyone for adding to these monthly arabic postings with more words, information and informative sites!!!!

  15. I know it is a public blog, but Arabic is such a rich language when it comes to curses, often so vulgar, yet so poetic as well.

    Too bad we couldnt do a 18 and older blog post covering the first words almost everyone learns first in any language.

  16. Abu Sinan-please, thank you, hello, goodbye, washroom, how are you??:-)

  17. Please: min fudlik

    Thank you: shukran

    Hello: marhaba or salam alaikum are typical

    Goodbye: ma’salaama

    Washroom: Hamam

    How are you: kaif al hal (male) kaif al haliki (female) or informal can use shlonik ent (male) or shlonik entee (female)

  18. American Bedu-thank you. Some of these words are distinct from those of dialectal Moroccan. I shall be more universal in my vocabulary choices now.

    I was also suggesting to Abu Sinan that these are the first words many learn in a language as opposed to the “curses” some do.

  19. Many Saudis have told me they have great difficulty following morrocan arabic!

  20. We once took my visiting father-in-law to a formal dinner event put on by the Canadian Arab Federation thinking it would be a linguistically easier social event for him-unfortunately as he said “I can understand them [Egyptian, Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian] but they can’t understand my Moroccan.” Since fewer spoke French than English the whole thing backfired. It really brought home to me how far off standard Arabic Moroccan is, and how soon even educated Moroccans lose their spoken Standard Arabic after retirement!

  21. One I always like isnt Saudi, but more Kuwaiti….”Ish loanak” It literally means “what colour are you”.

    The first time I got that I looked at my arm and said “white” with a funny look. It is another way of asking how someone is.

  22. Chiara,

    I know curse words in about 12 languages and am functional in four languages. I can give you the words you talk about in about 6 languages.

    Curse words, right or wrong, tend to be almost universal. I remember overhearing an African American telling another one to listen out for Arabs saying “abid” (slave) as it was an insult. That was here in the USA, or when I was a teen knowing to call Arabs “jehoodi” if they upset you.

  23. Abu Sinan-I suspect we had very different adolescent experiences and so have differently apportioned linguistic talents.:)

    I am happy with my one truly vile Arabic curse word and one slang word for a significant appendage.?

    Shokran for the 2 insults though? . Unfortunately, if I were to use them my husband might find himself in a fist fight (almost got him into one of those by flipping off an Italian in Florence? ).:)

    who just learned more emoticons:)

  24. For classical/Quranic Arabic try out:

  25. Shukran American Bedu for this post, it helps me learn more arabic words! When I use them while talking to my boyfriend on the phone, you should hear his surprised voice! so funny!!

  26. I’m so happy to hear this Miss Turtle – that’s fallah (cool in arabic)!

  27. salam
    as a Saudi Bedouin, there are many Glossary and pronunciation in our AlDossari tribe dialect.For Example, if you are saying “Did you go?” in formal Arabic or as we call it fosha it will be “hal thahabt” هل ذهبت؟ but in Saudi Arabia they mostly say “reht??”=”went” رحت؟ , But our tribe members say “reht’tant??” رحتنت؟ in one word which I think came from “reht ant”=”went you” رحت أنت؟ but I’m not sure.

    For Your Information and I know you will like these piece of information AmericanBedu.

    so If you say thesewords below to your saudi family member will simply say “Huh?”

    هماني =as I was =hamany (Exclusive for Dossari)

    ميده =I mean him = made’ah (Exclusive for Dossari)

    ادعثه = fun = ed ‘athah (Exclusive for Dossari)

    مصدوع =crazy = masdoo’a (Exclusive for Dossari)

    تسنكياه = You aren’t better than him (exclusive for Dossari )= tsankyah

    يغريه = convience him to do thing (usually bad)=ygreah

    جعلة الهندرية الملسا =Uknown

    شفتنته = Did you see him?= sheft’tantah?

    اقلط=come in=eglet
    .this is I didn’t find in any tribe
    تسايف الباب=leave the door a little bit opened = tsiyeef elbab

    there are more but enough with these……Good Luck in Arabic ………LoL

  28. Saudi Bedu – thank you so much! I especially like “tsankyah”

    I wish I knew enough to write a posting about tribes of Saudi Arabia…

    anyone willing to take that on? I’d make it into a post?

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