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Arabic Language

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.

If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela

 

The United Arab Emirates is  a modern country, which is home to more than hundred different nationalities. While the country’s official language is Arabic, English is widely spoken. However, learning basic Arabic can make your stay more memorable. Embrace cross-cultural interactions and make new friends.

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)

MSA is used in many formal occasions like new broadcasts, political speeches, in schools and university education and is seen as the high form of the language throughout the Arabic speaking world. Basically, it is the language of writing and formal speaking.

The Arabic Alphabet

The Arabic language contains 28 letters. Arabic letters are simple in their shapes and there is similarity between some groups of them. By adding dots to the letter or by changing the place of the dots, we get another letter. Arabic language is written from right to left.

Arabic letter/name Approximate pronunciation in English
أ

ألف

a
ب

باء

b
ت

تاء

t
ث

ثاء

th
ج

جيم

j
ح

حاء

H
خ

خاء

kh
د

دال

d
ذ

ذال

the
ر

راء

r
ز

زاي

z
س

سين

s
ش

شين

sh
ص

صاد

S
ض

ضاد

dh
ط

طاء

T
ظ

ظاء

DH
ع

عين

A
غ

غين

gh
ف

فاء

f
ق

قاف

q
ك

كاف

k
ل

لام

l
م

ميم

m
ن

نون

n
ه

هاء

h
و

واو

w
ي

ياء

i, y, ee

Basic Arabic Words and Expressions

Hello Marhaba

مرحبا

Peace be upon you Salam Aaleikom

السلام عليكم

Good morning Sabah il-klair

صباح الخير

Good evening Masa il-khair

مساء الخير

Welcome Ahlan

أهلا

Good bye Maa is-salamah

مع السلامة

Please Min fadlik

من فضلك

Excuse me Affwaan

عفوا

Thanks Shukran

شكرا

Yes Naam

نعم

No La

لا

How are you? Kayfa haluk

كيف حالك

Fine, thank god Il-ham-di-lellah bi-khair

الحمدلله بخير

So god will Inshallah

إن شاءالله

My name is Ana ismi

أنا اسمي

I am from Ana min

أنا من

Nice to meet you Fursah saaeedah

فرصة سعيدة

Where is Wayn

وين

Arabic Dialect

The Arabic dialect is used in informal conversations among friends, colleagues and at home. The spoken Arabic varies from country to country and from city to city. The greater geographic distance between countries, the greater is the difference between the spoken dialects. The difference between MSA and Arabic dialect can be observed in pronunciation and vocabulary. Despite these dialectal variations, most Arabic speakers understand each other.

The Emirati dialect

The Emirati dialect is one of the Arabic dialects spoken in the United Arab Emirates. The dialect shares the characteristics of southern Arabian spoken Arabic variety as well as the gulf region.

When you speak Emirati dialect

  • You find more Emirati friends
  • You understand how Emiratis/Arabs thinks
  • You get more customers and businesses
  • You show respect to Emiratis and Arabs
  • You keep your mind healthy

Learn Emirati dialect at Al Ramsa Institute Dubai:

https://alramsa.ae

 

Free lessons Spoken Emirati

 

Self-Introduction

 

Car Accident & Emirati Words

 

Common Verbs

 

Phrases while Phone Conversation

 

Phrases while Buying

 

Buy & Sell

 

Job Interview

 

Job Questions

 

House Rent

 

Business Related Words

 

Love promising in Emirati dialect

 

Complimenting Words