Arabic Language – اللغة العربية
“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.”
The United Arab Emirates is a modern country, which is home to over two hundred different nationalities. While the country’s official language is Arabic, English is widely spoken. However, learning basic Arabic can make your stay much more memorable. Embrace cross-cultural interactions and make new friends.
Modern Standard Arabic – Al-Fusha الفصحى
MSA is used in formal settings such as new broadcasts, political speeches, schools and in university education and is seen as the highest form of language throughout the Arabic speaking world. Basically, it is the language used for writing and formal speaking.
The Arabic Alphabet
The Arabic language contains 28 letters. Arabic letters are simple in their shape but there is similarity between some groups. By adding dots to the letter or by changing the place of these dots, new letters can be formed. Arabic language is written from right to left.
|ق||q, g, j||ـق||ـقـ||قـ|
|و||w, uu, oo||ـو||ـو||و|
ة (taa marbuuTa, or ‘hidden t’) is not a letter but a variant of ه. It is the last letter of many feminine adjectives and nouns. If it is joined to the previous letter, it is written ـة .
The combination of ل lam and ا alif is written لا (pronounced ‘laa’, meaning ‘no’) as an initial and independent, and ـلا as a middle or final.
To form words, the letters are joined from right to left. Only the letters alif, daal, dhaal, raa, zayn, and waaf are not connected to the left.
Basic Arabic Words and Expressions
|Peace be upon you||Salam Aaleikom|
|Good morning||Sabah il-klair|
|Good evening||Masa il-khair|
|Good bye||Maa is-salamah|
|How are you?||Kayfa haluk|
|Fine, thank god||Il-ham-di-lellah bi-khair|
|So god will||Inshallah|
|My name is||Ana ismi|
|I am from||Ana min|
|Nice to meet you||Fursah saaeedah|
Arabic dialect is used in informal conversations among friends, colleagues and at home. 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 is one of the many Arabic dialects spoken in the United Arab Emirates. This dialect shares the characteristics of the south Arabian spoken Arabic variety as well as that of the gulf region.
Visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and practise Emirati dialect with the Emirati Representatives!
Learn Emirati dialect at Al Ramsa Institute Dubai!
Speak Emirati dialect and
- find more Emirati friends
- understand how Emiratis/Arabs thinks
- attract more customers and businesses
- in turn show respect to Emiratis and Arabs
- exercise your brain
Online courses are available.
For information concerning courses click on the link below:
Free lessons Spoken Emirati
Car Accident & Emirati Words
Phrases while Phone Conversation
Phrases while Buying
Buy & Sell
Business Related Words
Love promising in Emirati dialect