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Arabic (العَرَبِيَّة‎) is a group of Semitic dialects spoken by more than 420 million people, mainly in North Africa and the Middle East. The literary form (Modern Standard Arabic, MSA) is the liturgical language for 1.6 billion Muslims and is the official written form of the language.

Arabic speaking areas
The following phrasebook deals with Modern Standard Arabic. See the Egyptian Arabic phrasebook, Jordanian Arabic phrasebook, Moroccan Arabic phrasebook, Lebanese Arabic phrasebook, or Tunisian Arabic phrasebook for Arabic dialects relating to those regions/countries.

For communication purposes while traveling and using this guide, it is very important to note the differences between MSA and dialects since they are largely mutually unintelligible. Well-educated people will generally be able to understand MSA, but usually respond in their local dialects. Comprehension of dialects between different regions will drop significantly. It is therefore recommended that travelers focus on learning the relevant dialect for their destination for spoken communication, while using MSA as a written reference.

Pronunciation guideEdit

Arabic script is written in a cursive script, even in print. Most letters change their shapes depending on their position (initial, medial or final).

Pronunciation varies regionally, but here is the loose description:

  • a like hat and sometimes father (IPA: /a/)
  • aa (ا) is a longer version of a (IPA: /aː/)
  • b (ب) as in English
  • t (ت) as in English
  • th (ث) as in English thin (IPA: /θ/)
  • j (ج) as in jam (IPA: /dʒ/) (Gulf, Algeria), s as in measure (IPA: /ʒ/) (Levant, North Africa), g as in give (Egypt).
  • H (ح) is a pharyngeal fricative sound at the back of the throat (IPA: /ħ/). It sounds like you are about to whisper the word hello.
  • kh (خ) as in Scots loch or German Bach (IPA: /x/)
  • d (د) as in English
  • dh (ذ) as in English them (IPA: /ð/)
  • r (ر) rolled like Italian or Spanish pero or perro.
  • z (ز) as in English
  • s (س) as in English
  • sh (ش) as in English (IPA: /ʃ/)
  • S (ص) like s but with the back of the throat constricted (IPA: /sˤ/)
  • D (ض) like d but with the back of the throat constricted (IPA: /dˤ/). Same vowel changes as S
  • T (ط) like t but with the back of the throat constricted (IPA: /tˤ/)
  • Z (ظ) varies: like dh or z but with the back of the throat constricted. (IPA: /ðˤ~zˤ)
  • `   (ع) A voiced version of H. (IPA: /ʕ/)
  • gh (غ) a fricative sound at the back of the throat (IPA: /ɣ/) or kh while using the voice box.
  • f (ف) as in English
  • q (ق) like k but further back in the throat (IPA: /q/) and is often pronounced like a glottal stop (IPA: /ʔ/) or g.
  • k (ك) as in English
  • l (ل) as in English
  • m (م) as in English
  • n (ن) as in English
  • h (ه) as in English
  • w (و) as English we; as a vowel uu: as English boot; also o: close to English more (IPA: /oː/).
  • y (ي) as English yes; as a vowel ii: as English bee; also ai: close to English main (IPA: /eː/).
  • '   (ء أ آ ئ ؤ) as in Cockney bottle. A glottal stop (IPA: /ʔ/).

Phrase listEdit

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.

Common signs


OPEN
مفتوح (maftuuH)
CLOSED
مغلق (mughlaq)
ENTRANCE
دخول (dukhuul)
EXIT
خروج (khuruuj)
PUSH
ادفع (idfa`)
PULL
اسحب (isHab)
TOILET
حمام (Hammaam)
MEN
رجال (rijaal)
WOMEN
سيدات (sayyidaat)
FORBIDDEN
ممنوع (mamnuu`)

BasicsEdit

Hello (informal)
مرحبا marhaba : سلام salaam : هلا hala (In Arabic Gulf Area)
Peace be with you. (formal)
السلام عليكم as-salaamu `alaikum (used only by muslims)
How are you?
كيف حالك؟
kayfa haalak? (male singular)
kayfa haalik? (female singular)
kayfa haalukum? (plural)
Please.
من فضلك : min faDlak (male)
min faDlik (female)
Thank you [very much].
[شكرا [جزيلا shukran [jaziilan].
Yes.
نعم na`am
No.
لا laa
Maybe.
ممكن mumkin.
Excuse me.
إسمحلي ismaHli
Good morning.
صباح الخير sabaH al-khair
Good evening.
مساء الخير masaa' al-khair
good
جيد jayyid.
very good
جيد جدا jayyid jiddan.
Never mind.
لا يهم. laa yahummu.
Nothing.
لا شيء laa shay.
Fine, thank you.
بخير ,شكرا bi-khair, shukran
What is your name?
ما اسمك؟
masmuka? (to a male)
masmuki? (to a female)
My name is ______ .
_____ اسمي ismi _______
Nice to meet you.
تشرفنا tasharafna lit. "You honor us"
You're welcome.
عفوا `afwan
Excuse me. (getting attention)
لو سمحت lau samaHt
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
عذرا eudhran
I'm sorry.
انا اسفه / انا اسف ana aasif (male) / ana aasifah (female)
Goodbye
مع السلامة ma`a as-salaamah
Goodbye (informal)
سلام salaam
I can't speak Arabic [well].
[لا اتكلم العربية [جيدا laa atakallam al-`arabiyyah [jayyidan]
Do you speak English?
هل تتكلم الانجليزية hal tatakallam al-ingliziyyah?
Is there someone here who speaks English?
هل هنا اي شخص يتكلم الانجليزية؟ hal hunaa ayy shakhS yatakallam al-ingliziyya?
Help!
مساعدة musaa`adah!
Look out!
انتبه intabih
Good night.
تصبح على الخير tiSbaH `alal-khair
Good night (in response)
وانت من اهل الخير wa anta min ahl al-khair
I don't understand.
لا افهم laa afham
Where is the toilet?
اين الحمام؟ ayn al-Hammaam?

ProblemsEdit

Leave me alone.
اتركني / اتركيني utrukni (to a male) / utrukiini (to a female)
Don't touch me!
ما تلمسني ma tilmisni
I'll call the police.
سأتصل بالشرطة sa'ataSal bashurTah
Police!
شرطة shurtah!
Stop! Thief!
!توقف! السارق tawqaf! assaariq!
I need your help.
أحتاج مساعدة aHtaaj musaa`ada
It's an emergency.
طوارئ Taware'
I'm lost.
أضعت طريقي ada'tu tareeqi
I lost my bag.
حقيبتي ضاعت Haqiibati Daa`at
I lost my wallet.
محفظتي ضاعت maHafaZati Daa`at
I'm sick.
انا مريض / انا مريضة ana mariiD (male) / ana mariiDah (female)
I've been injured.
إنني مصاب innani muSabun
I need a doctor.
احتاج دكتر aHtaaj duktur
Can I use your phone?
هل ممكن استخدم التلفون؟ Hal mumkin astakhdim at-tilifun?

NumbersEdit

Arabic Numerals 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Eastern Arabic numerals ٠ ١ ٢ ٣ ٤ ٥ ٦ ٧ ٨ ٩
0
صفر Sifr
1
واحد waaHid
2
إثنان ithnaan
3
ثلاثة thalaatha
4
اربعة arba`a
5
خمسة khamsa
6
ستة sitta
7
سبعة sab`a
8
ثمانية thamaaniya
9
تسعة tis`a
10
عشرة `ashara
11
احد عشر aHad `ashar
12
اثنا عشر ithnaa `ashar
13
ثلاثة عشر thalaathata `ashar
14
اربعة عشر arba`ata `ashar
15
خمسة عشر khamsata `ashar
16
ستة عشر sittata `ashar
17
سبعة عشر sab`ata `ashar
18
ثمانية عشر thamaaniyata `ashar
19
تسعة عشر tis'ata `ashar
20
عشرون ishruun
21
واحد وعشرون waaHid wa-`ashruun
22
اثنان وعشرون ithnaan wa-`ashruun
23
ثلاثة وعشرون thalaatha wa-`ashruun
30
ثلاثون thalathuun
40
اربعون arba`uun
50
خمسون khamsuun
60
ستون sittuun
70
سبعون sab`uun
80
ثمانون thamanuun
90
تسعون tis`uun
100
مئة mi'a
200
مئتين mitayn
300
ثلاث مئة thalaath mi'a
1,000
الف alf (as in The Thousand and One Nights - الف ليلة وليلة Alf Layla wa Layla)
2,000
الفين alfayn
1,000,000
مليون milyon
1,000,000,000
مليار milyaar / بليون bilyon
1,000,000,000,000
تريليون triilyon
number _____ (train, bus, etc.)
رقم / Raqm (...)
half
نصف niSf
less
اقل aqal
more
اكثر akthar

TransportationEdit

DirectionsEdit

Go
اذهب idh-hab
Stop
قف qif
Turn left
لف يسار lif yassar
Turn right
لف يمين lif yameen
straight ahead
على طول Ala Tool (Egyptian) or illal amaama الى الامام; dughri (Jordan); quduman (general)
slowly
Shway Shway
Wait or Stay
انتظر (intadhir)
Show me.
ارني (areni)
here
هنا huna
there
هناك hunak
before
قبل qabla
after
بعد ba'da
now
الأن al-aan
from
من min
to or at (a place)
الى ilah
Wait one minute.
إنتظر دقيقه واحده intadhir daqeeqa waaheda.
Just a moment.
لحظة /laH-dha

PronounsEdit

I
انا ana
you (m)
انتَ anta
you (f)
انتِ anti
he
هو huwa
she
هي hiya
we
نحن naHnu
you (two people)
انتما antuma
you (m/mixed)
انتم antum
you (f)
انتن antunna
they (two people)
هما huma
they (m/mixed)
هم hum
they (f)
هن hunna

Asking questionsEdit

Who?
من man
What?
ما/ماذا ma/madha
When?
متى mata
Where?
اين ayn
Why?
لماذا li-madha
How much?
بكم biKam
How much is this?
بكم هذا biKam Hadha
Where are you from?
من اين انت min ayn anta
Understand?
Maf Hoom
Do you speak English?
هل تتكلم الإنجليزية؟ hal tatakallam al-ingliziya?
What is this?
ma haadha?

Useful "I"sEdit

I want
أريد (Uriid)
I don't want
لا أريد (La Uriid)
I have
لي lii / ladayya لدي / `indi عندي
I don't have
ليس عندي (laysa `indi)
I don't understand
Ana ma fehim أنا ما فاهم / ana laa afham أنا لا أفهم / Ana mesh fahem أنا مش فاهم
I work at the _____.
Ana ashtaghel fi _____أنا اشتغل في / a'mal fi _____ _____أعمل في
I don't speak Arabic
لا اتكلم العربية laa atkallam al-arabiya / Ma bihki arabi ما باحكي عربي / Ma batkalemsh arabi ماباتكلمش عربي

ThingsEdit

money
فلوس fuluus
food
أكل akl; طعام Ta`aam
coffee
قهوة qahwa (pronounced ah-way in Syrian Arabic)
sugar
سكر sukkar
salt
ملح milH
car
سيارة sayyaara
hotel
فندق funduq / اوتيل ooteel
museum
متحف matHaf
hospital
مستشفى mustashfa
water
ماء maa'
tea
شاي shaay
milk
حليب Haliib
work
شغل shughl
airplane
طائرة Taa'irah (pronounced "Tayyaara" in most dialects)
train
قطار qiTaar
bicycle
دراجة darraaja
street
شارع shaari`
building
مبنى mabna

TimeEdit

now
الآن (al-'aana)
later
بعدين (ba`adayn)
before
قبل (qabla)
morning
صباح (SabaaH)
afternoon
بعد ظهر (ba'ada Zuhur)
evening
مساء (masaa')
night
ليلة (laylah)

Clock timeEdit

one o'clock AM
one o'clock AM (sa'ati waHad)
two o'clock AM
two o'clock AM (sa'ati ithnayn)
noon
noon (ZuHur)
one o'clock PM
one o'clock PM (...)
two o'clock PM
two o'clock PM (...)
midnight
midnight (muntasf al-laylah)

DurationEdit

_____ minute(s)
_____ (دقيقة (دقائق (daqiiqah (daqaa'iq) )
_____ hour(s)
_____ hour(s)(saa)
_____ day(s)
_____ يوم (أيام (yom (ayaam))
_____ week(s)
_____ week(s) (usbuu`)
_____ month(s)
_____ month(s) (shahr)
_____ year(s)
_____ سنة (سنوات (sanah (sanooaat))

DaysEdit

today
البوم (al-yawm(a))
yesterday
امس (ams(i))
tomorrow
غداً (ghadan)
this week
الاسبوع (al-'usbu`)
last week
اسبوع الماضي (usbu`(u) 'l-maaDi)
next week
اسبوع القادم (usbu`(u) 'l-qaadim)

Days of the weekEdit

Sunday
يوم الأحد ((yawm) al'aHad)
Monday
يوم الاثنين ((yawm) al-ithnayn)
Tuesday
يوم الثلاثاء ((yawm) ath-thulaatha)
Wednesday
يوم الأربعاء ((yawm) al'arbi`a')
Thursday
يوم الخميس ((yawm) al-khamiis)
Friday
يوم الجمعة ((yawm) al-jum`a...)
Saturday
يوم السبت ((yawm) as-sabt)

MonthsEdit

January
كانون الثاني (Kanoon al thani)
February
February (.shubat شباط..)
March
March (...آذار Aathar);
April
April (..Nissan نيسان.)
May
May (...أيار Ayyar)
June
حزيران (Hzayraan)
July
تموز (Tammouz)
August
اّب (Ab)
September
ايلول (Ayloul)
October
تشرن الأول (Tishreen al awwal)
November
تشرن الثاني (Tishreen al thani)
December
كانون الأول (Kanoon al awwal)

Writing time and dateEdit

Even though Arabic is written from Right to Left, numbers in Arabic are written from Left to Right. Dates are written in an Arabic sentence from Left to Right as in English

ColorsEdit

black
أسود (Aswad)
white
أبيض (Abyadh)
gray
رمادي (Ramaadii)
red
أحمر (AHmar)
blue
أزرق (Azraq)
yellow
أصفر (Asfar)
green
أخضر (Akhdhar)
orange
برتقالي (Burtuqaali)
purple
أرجواني (Urjuwaan)
brown
بني (Bunny)

TransportationEdit

Bus and trainEdit

How much is a ticket to _____?
adash tazkara ila ____? Bekam Tazkara ila......?
One ticket to _____, please.
Tazkara wahida ila ___ law samaht
Where does this train/bus go?
Hazal qitar/bus biyruh ila wayn? Ila Ayn Yazhab haza Alkitar/autobis?
Where is the train/bus to _____?
Wein el-qitar/el-bus ila ___?
Does this train/bus stop in _____?
hal biwa'ef hazal qitar/bus fi__ ?
When does the train/bus for _____ leave?
emta btatla el-qitar/el-bus ila ___?
When will this train/bus arrive in _____?
emta byusil hazal qitar/bus fi___?

DirectionsEdit

How do I get to _____ ?
How do I get to _____ ? (Kayf bawsal la __)
...the train station?
...the train station? (mahatet il qitar?)
...the bus station?
...the bus station? (mawqif il bassat?)
...the airport?
...المطار (al-matar?)
...downtown?
...downtown? (West il balad?)
...the youth hostel?
...the youth hostel? (Bayt El Shabab)
...the _____ hotel?
...the _____ hotel? (otel?/ Al Fonduk)
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate?
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? (sefara Al Amrikia, Canadeia, ostralia, beritania)
Where are there a lot of...
Where are there a lot of... (Wein fi kteer...)
...hotels?
...hotels? (otelat/ Fanadek)
...restaurants?
...restaurants? (mata'em)
...bars?
...bars? (bars)
...sites to see?
...sites to see? (amaken seyaheyeh?)
Can you show me on the map?
Can you show me on the map? (momken tfarjeeni ala al khareeta?)
street
شارع (shar'iah)
Turn left.
لف يسار (lif yasaar)
Turn right.
لف يمين (lif yameen)
left
يسار (yasaar)
right
يمين (yameen)
straight ahead
على طول (ala tul)
towards the _____
towards the _____ (bijehet il)
past the _____
past the _____ (baed il)
before the _____
before the _____ (abel il)
Watch for the _____.
Watch for the _____. (intibeh la)
intersection
intersection (taqato)
north
شمال (shamaal)
south
جنوب (janoob)
east
شرق (sharq)
west
غرب (gharb)
uphill
uphill (talaa)
downhill
downhill (nazleh)

TaxiEdit

Taxi!
Taxi! (taxi!) Sayyara
Take me to _____, please.
Take me to _____, please. (khodni il....., law Samaht)
How much does it cost to get to _____?
How much does it cost to

get to _____? (adeish?/ Bekam Azhab ila......)

Take me there, please.
Take me there, please. (khodni ala __, law samaht)

LodgingEdit

Do you have any rooms available?
Do you have any rooms available? (Endkom ghoraf(alternatively- owad) edafeyeh?)
How much is a room for one person/two people?
How much is a room for one person/two people? (Adeish il ghorfeh li shakhs/shakhsein?)
Does the room come with...
Does the room come with... (Il ghorfeh bteeji ma...)
...bedsheets?
...bedsheets? (sharashef?)
...a bathroom?
...a bathroom? (hammam?)
...a telephone?
...a telephone? (tele-phown?)
...a TV?
...a TV? (televis-yon?)
May I see the room first?
May I see the room first? (Baqdar ashoof il ghorfeh abel?)
Do you have anything quieter?
Do you have anything quieter? (Fi eshi ah-da?.)
...bigger?
...bigger? (akbar?)
...cleaner?
...cleaner? (andaf?)
...cheaper?
...cheaper? (arkhas?)
OK, I'll take it.
OK, I'll take it. (OK, bakhodha)
I will stay for _____ night(s).
I will stay for _____ night(s). (Rah aba'a kaman ___ yom)
Can you suggest another hotel?
Can you suggest another hotel? (...)
Do you have a safe?
Do you have a safe? (fi khazneh?)
...lockers?
...lockers? (...)
Is breakfast/supper included?
Is breakfast/supper included? (...)
What time is breakfast/supper?
What time is breakfast/supper? (ay sei-a il ftoor/asha?)
Please clean my room.
Please clean my room. (momken tanadef il ghorfeh)
Can you wake me at sds_____? | Can you wake me at _____? (momken tfaye'ni al __ )
I want to check out.
I want to check out. (beddi ashoofha)

MoneyEdit

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars?
Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? (Hal taqbal bi noqood Amreekeyah/Ostoraleyah/Canadeyah?)
Do you accept British pounds?
Do you accept British pounds? (Hal Taqbal bi Jenehat Biritaneyeh?)
Do you accept credit cards?
Do you accept credit cards? (...)
Can you change money for me?
Can you change money for me? (Momken tsarefli masari?)
Where can I get money changed?
Where can I get money changed? (Wein badar asaref masari?)
Can you change a traveler's check for me?
Can you change a traveler's check for me? (...)
Where can I get a traveler's check changed?
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? (...)
What is the exchange rate?
What is the exchange rate? (...)
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)?
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? (Wein fi ATM?)

EatingEdit

A table for one person/two people, please.
A table for one person/two people, please. (Tawlah la wahed/tenein)
Can I look at the menu, please?
Can I look at the menu, please? (Momken ashoof il menu?)
Can I look in the kitchen?
Can I look in the kitchen? (Mumken ashuf il matbakh?)
Is there a house specialty?
Is there a house specialty? (...)
Is there a local specialty?
Is there a local specialty? (...)
I'm a vegetarian.
I'm a vegetarian. (Ana nabati)
I don't eat pork.
I don't eat pork. (Ma bakol lahem khanzeer)
I don't eat beef.
I don't eat beef. (Ma bakol lahmeh)
I only eat Halal food.
I only eat Halal food. (Bas bakol akel hallal)
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard)
Can you make it "lite", please? (khaleeha khafeefeh)
fixed-price meal
fixed-price meal (...)
à la carte
à la carte (à la carte)
breakfast
breakfast (ftoor) al iftar
lunch
lunch (...) al ghada
tea (meal)
tea (...) shay'
supper
supper (...) al isha'
I want _____.
._____أريد (ooreed)
I want a dish containing _____.
I want a dish containing _____. (...)
chicken
دجاج (dajaj)
beef
بقر (baqar)
fish
سمك (samak)
ham
ham (khanzeer)
sausage
sausage (...)
cheese
جبنة (jubneh)
eggs
بيض (baid)
salad
سَلَطَة (salata)
(fresh) vegetables
(fresh) vegetables (...) (fresh) khudrawat
(fresh) fruit
(fresh) fruit (fawakeh) (fresh) fawakat
bread
bread (...) ayish OR khubz
toast
toast (...)
noodles
noodles (makarona)
rice
أرز ( 'roz)
beans
beans (fool) fasoliyya
May I have a glass of _____?
May I have a glass of _____? (Momken Kaset___)
May I have a cup of _____?
May I have a cup of _____? (Momken finjan ___)
May I have a bottle of _____?
May I have a bottle of _____? (...)
coffee
coffee (qahweh) kah'wa
tea (drink)
شاي ( shay' )
juice
عصير (Aseer)
(bubbly) water
water (may)
water
ماء ( maa' )
beer
بيرة (beerah)
red/white wine
red/white wine (nabeed ahmar/abyad)
May I have some _____?
May I have some _____? (momken ___?)
salt
ملح (malh)
black pepper
فلفل أسود (filfil aswad)
butter
زبدة (zibdeh)
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
Excuse me, waiter? (...)garcoon
I'm finished.
I'm finished. (khalast ) galaste
It was delicious.
It was delicious. (Zaki) Al-akl mazboot!
Please clear the plates.
Please clear the plates. (...)
The check, please.
The check, please. (...)Leh'seb min fadlak

BarsEdit

Do you serve alcohol?
Do you serve alcohol? (fi kohool?)
Is there table service?
Is there table service? (hal hnak khidmat tawlah)
A beer/two beers, please.
A beer/two beers, please. (beerah, min fadlik)
A glass of red/white wine, please.
A glass of red/white wine, please. (kaset nbeed)
A pint, please.
A pint, please. (nsf ltr , min fadlik)
A bottle, please.
A bottle, please. (zujaja, min fadlik)
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please.
_____ and _____, please. (...)
whiskey
whiskey (whesky)
vodka
vodka (fodka)
rum
rum (rm)
water
ماء ( maa' )
club soda
club soda (soda)
tonic water
tonic water (miah muqwia)
orange juice
orange juice (aseer bortoqal)
Coke (soda)
Coke (cola)
Do you have any bar snacks?
Do you have any bar snacks? (hal ladayk 'ayu wajabbat khafifat bel bar)
One more, please.
One more, please. (kaman wahed)
Another round, please.
Another round, please. (kaman wahed)
When is closing time?
When is closing time? (emta bitsakro?)

ShoppingEdit

Do you have this in my size?
Do you have this in my size? (Fi maqas?)
How much is this?
بكم هذا؟ (bikam hatha)
That's too expensive.
That's too expensive. (...) "ghali katheer!"
Would you take _____?
Would you take _____? (...)
expensive
غالي (ghali)
cheap
رخيص (rakhees)
I can't afford it.
I can't afford it. (...)
I don't want it.
I don't want it. (ma beddi)
You're cheating me.
You're cheating me. (harami)
I'm not interested.
I'm not interested. (lust muhtam)
OK, I'll take it.
OK, I'll take it. (ok)
Can I have a bag?
Can I have a bag? (oreedo kees)
Do you ship (overseas)?
Do you ship (overseas)? (...)
I need...
I need... (...) Ahtaj
...toothpaste.
...toothpaste. (ma'ajoon asnan)
...a toothbrush.
...a toothbrush. (forshaat asnan)
...tampons.
...tampons. (always)
...soap.
...soap. (saboon)
...shampoo.
...shampoo. (shamboo)
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen)
...pain reliever. (mussakin)
...cold medicine.
...cold medicine. (dawa rash-h)
...stomach medicine.
...stomach medicine. (dawa baten)
...a razor.
...a razor. (shafra)
...an umbrella.
...an umbrella. (shamseyeh)
...sunblock lotion.
...sunblock lotion. (...)
...a postcard.
...بطاقة بريدية (bitaqa bareedia)
...postage stamps.
...postage stamps. (tawabe' bareed)
...batteries.
...batteries. (batareyat)
...writing paper.
...ورق للكتبة (waraq lil-kitaba)
...a pen.
...قلم (qalam)
...English-language books.
...كتب إنجليزية (kutub ingliziya)
...English-language magazines.
... مجلات انكليزية (majalat engiliziya)
...an English-language newspaper.
...جرائد إنجليزية (jara'id ingliziya)
...an English-English dictionary.
...an English-English dictionary. (qamoos ingilizi-ingilizi)

DrivingEdit

I want to rent a car.
I want to rent a car. (beddi astajer sayarah)
Can I get insurance?
Can I get insurance? (fi tameen?)
stop (on a street sign)
stop (qif)
one way
one way (tho itjah wahed)
yield
yield (atti alaolwyeh)
no parking
no parking (mamnoo alistifaf)
speed limit
speed limit (alsuraa alkanooniya)
gas (petrol) station
gas station (mahatet banzeen)
petrol
petrol (betrol)
diesel
diesel (diesel)

AuthorityEdit

I haven't done anything wrong.
I haven't done anything wrong. (Ma emelet eshi ghalat)
It was a misunderstanding.
It was a misunderstanding. (kan su' fahum )
Where are you taking me?
Where are you taking me? (wein akhedni?)
Am I under arrest?
Am I under arrest? (ana motaqal?)
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen.
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. (Ana American/...)
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate.
I need to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. (urid an atakalam ma al safara al American/...)
I want to talk to a lawyer.
I want to talk to a lawyer. (urid altahaduth ma muhami)
Can I just pay a fine now?
Can I just pay a fine now? (hal yumkinuni dafe gharamat alan?)
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