Basic Arabic conversation for beginners – 2024

Now let’s learn some basic Arabic conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Arabic.

Conversation (1):

meeting someone new :

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
Mohammad مرحبا، كيف حالك ؟ hello, how are you?Marhaban, kayfa halook?
David مرحبا, أنا بخيرhi, I am fine.marhaban, ana be-khayer
Mohammad هل انت جديدٌ هنا؟ لم أراك من قبلare you new here? I’ve not seen you before.hal anta jadeedun huna? lam araka min kabl
David انا طالب جديد.لقد وصلت البارحةyes, I’m a new student. I just arrived yesterday.ana ttaleb jadeed. lakad wasaltu albariha
Mohammad انا محمد, تشرفت بلقائكI’m Mohamad, it’s nice to meet you.ana mohamad tasharaftu beleka-ek
David انا دايفد, تشرفت بلقائك ايضا. هل باستطاعتك فهمي بالعربية.لازلت اتعلمI’m David, nice to meet you too. Can you understand my Arabic? I’m still learning.ana David, tasharaftu beleka-ek aydan. hal be-estita-atika fahmi be-alarabya. lazeltu ata-alam
Mohammad نعم باستطاعتي فهمك بوضوح.ماذا تفعل هنا؟Yes, I can understand you, you speak very clearly. What are you doing here?
Naam bi istitaati fahmuka bi woduh.maza tafaalu huna?
David انا ادرس علوم الحياة. سوف ابقى هنا لمدة سنتٌن.I am studying biology. I will be here for two years.
ana a’dros ulum al-haya. sawfa abka huna li-modat sanatayn.
Mohammad رائع، انا أيضا ادرس علوم الحياة. هل التقيت باحد غيري ؟Great. I’m also studying biology. Have you met anyone else yet?
Ra’ee. Ana aydan adros ulum a’l haya. hal Iltakayta bi ahadin ghayre?
David لا انت فقطno just you
La a’nta fakat
Mohammad هل تريد ان تاتي معي لنشرب القهوة؟ سوف اقابل اصدقائي.سيسعدون بمقابلتكDo you want to come and have some coffee with me?
I am going to meet my friends. They would love to meet you.

Hal torid an ta-tia mai li nashrab al-kahwa? Sawfa okabilu asdika’e. Sa-yasadun bi mukabalatik
David ذلك سيكون رائعا، شكرا جزيلاThat would be great, thank you.
Thalika sayakunu ra-ian, shukran jazilan

Conversation (2):

Ordering at the restaurant:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
Waiterمرحبا، انا سوف اكون مساعدكم لليوم.هل ترٌدون البدء بالمشروبات.Hello, I’ll be your waiter today. Can I start you off with something to drink?
marhaban, ana sawfa akono musaaidakom lilyawm. hal turidona al badi’ bilmashrubat
Ahmadنعم.أريد الشاي البارد، من فضلك.Yes. I’ll have iced tea, please.naam orid ash-shaay albarid min fadlik
Fatimaو انا أريد الليمون الطازج.And I’ll have fresh lemon.Wa ana orid al-laymun at-tazaj
Waiterحسنا.هل انتم جاهزون للطلب ام تريدون بعض الوقت.OK. Are you ready to order, or do you need more time?Hasanan. Hal antum jahizun li-talab am turidona baada al-wakt
Ahmadاظن اننا جاهزون. سوف احصل على الشاورما مع بعض البطاطس المقلية.I think we’re ready. I’ll have the shwarma and some fries.Athun an-nana jahizun. sawfa ahsulu ala Ashawarma maa baad al-batatis al-maklya
Fatimaو انا سوف احصل على السمك، مع البطاطس و السلطة.And I’ll just have the fish, with potatoes and a salad.Wa ana sawfa ahsulu aala as-samak, maa al-batatis wa asalata
Waiterاستمتعوا بطعامكم .ساكون هنا اذا احتجتم أي شيءenjoy your food. I’ll be right here if you need anything.Istamtio bi taamikom. sa-akonu hona Itha Ihtajtom aya shay’
Fatimaحسنا شكرا لكok thank you.hasanan shukran lak
Ahmadهل بإمكاننا الحصول على الحساب لو سمحت.can we have the check, please.Hal bi Imkanina al-hosol ala al-hisab law samahit
Waiterهذا الحساب، امل انكم استمتعتم بالطعام.here is the check, I hope you enjoyed the food.Hatha al-hisab , amolo an-nakum
Istamtaatum bi-ataam

Conversation (3):

Asking for directions:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
Aishaمرحبا هل لديك بعض الوقت؟hello, do you have a moment?Marhaban hal ladayki baada al-wakt?
Juliaبالطبع، كيف بامكاني مساعدتك؟Certainly, how can I help you?Bi-ataba, kayfa bi Imkani musa-adatuki?
Aishaانا ذاهبة الى الفندق هل بامكانك ان تدليني على الطريق ؟I’m driving to the hotel. Could you give me directions?Ana thahiba Ila al-funduk. Hal bi imkaniki an tadulini ala at-tarik?
Juliaبالتأكيد. اولا خذي يمينك ، و قودي لمسافة ثلاثة أميال، ثم اتجهي الى اليمينSure. First take your left, and drive for 3 miles than take the second right.Bit-takeed. Awalan khothi yaminaki, wa kodi limasafat thalathat amyal, thuma Itajihi Ila al-yamin
Aishaكم يبعد من هنا ؟How far is it from here?Kam yabodo min huna?
Juliaتقريبا عشرين ميل من السهل الوصول اليهIt’s about twenty miles. It’s very easy to get to.Takreeban ishreen meel min as-sahl al-wosolo ilayh
Aishaتابعيgo on.Tabii
Juliaاكملي على الطريق العام ثم التفتي الى اليسار ,واركبي الجسر. من هناك بامكانك ان تسالي احدا ليساعدكContinue on the main street for about 10 miles and then turn left
and take the bridge. From there you can ask anyone to guide you.
Akmili ala atarik al-am thuma Iltafiti Ila al-yasar wa irkabi al-jisr. Min honak bi Imkaniki an tas-ali ahadan li yousaidaki
Aishaكم من الوقت احتاج للوصول؟how long does it take?Kam mina al-wakt ahtajo lil wosol?
Juliaاذا لا يوجد زحمة 20 دقيقة ، واذا هناك زحمة 25 دقيقةIf there’s no traffic, about 25 minutes. In heavy traffic, it takes about 45 minutes.Itha la yujado zahma (Kamsa wa ishreen)25 dakika. wa Itha honak zahma (khamsa wa arba-oon)45 dakika
Aishaحسنا شكرا جزيلاok thank you so much.Hasanan shukran jazilan
Juliaاهلا بك في كل وقتyou’re welcome anytime.Ahlan biki fi kul-li wakt

Most used words in a conversation:

ArabicEnglishPronunciation
مرحباhellomarhaban
لقد تشرفت بقائكNice to meet youLakad tasharaftu bi lika-ek
كيف حالكHow are youKayfa halook
كم عمركHow old are youKam omruk
من أين انتWhere are you fromMin ayna anta
انا بخيرI am fineAna bi khayr
صباح الخيرGood morningSabaho al-khayer
ما اسمكWhat is your nameMa ismuk
اسميMy name isIsmi
شكراThanksshukran
من فضلكpleaseMin fadlk
اعتذرsorryA-atathir

Note: in the Arabic language, we don’t say my name is Ali we say my name Ali (Ismi Ali) directly without saying (is) like English.

Conversations are the way people and nations communicate and interact with each other. Conducting conversations is also essential while learning a new language and lets you make really quick progress especially when you are speaking to a native speaker.

Related Lessons

1- How do I start a conversation in Arabic?

You can start with a greeting word or expression. For example the most common one in: السلام عليكم assalamu alaikum, and it means “peace upon you”.

2- Is the Arabic language useful?

Yes, as it is spoken in over 20 countries with about 300 million native speakers. 

3- Is Arabic conversation hard to learn?

Arabic conversation is not hard, but the pronunciation may be challenging for you.

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