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Jordanian Arabic is a set of dialects of Levantine Arabic that are originated in the Jordanian Kingdom and are spoken by Jordanians. The western Jordanian dialect of Arabic is similar to that spoken in Syria, West Bank, Israel, Gaza and Lebanon. As with all dialects of Arabic, the variations are in the spoken form of the language only; the written language always conforms to standard (or classical) Arabic.

Aside from the various dialects, one must also deal with the differences in addressing males, females, and groups; plurals and verb conjugations are highly irregular and difficult to determine from their root letters; and there are several letters in the Arab alphabet that are difficult for an English speaker to pronounce.

Sub-dialects of Jordanian Arabic[edit]

Although there is a common Jordanian dialect mutually understood by most Jordanians, there are regional distinct variations in various parts of the country with at times unique pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary.

Jordanian Arabic falls into three groups:

  • Rural Jordanian
  • Bedouin Jordanian
  • Urban Jordanian.

Rural Jordanian[edit]

Is spoken by Jordanian villagers and many of the small-city or village-born city dwellers. There are two sub-types of Rural Jordanian:

  • Hauran Arabic, spoken in the area north of Amman between es-Salt and the Syrian border.
  • Moab Arabic, named so after the antique Moab kingdom southern Jordan, this dialect is spoken in the area south of Amman.

Bedouin Jordanian[edit]

Is spoken by Jordanian Bedouins mostly in the Badia region east of the Jordanian mountain heights plateau of the Kingdom. This dialect is much truer to the Arabic language and is not widely used in the urban and rural regions and is considered sometimes hard to understand by most residents there.

Urban Jordanian[edit]

This variety was born after the designation of Amman as capital of the Jordanian kingdom early in the 20th century. It is the result of the merger of the language of populations who moved from Hauran (northern Jordan), Moab (southern Jordan) and Nablus into the new founded city. For this reason, it mixes features of the Arabic varieties spoken by these populations. The emergence of the language occurred under the strong influence of the Rural Jordanian Hauran Arabic.


Pronunciation guide[edit]

There are some letters of the Arabic alphabet that transliterate into English; others are completely foreign to English speakers, making them difficult to pronounce. The pronunciation guide shown below is case- sensitive; for example, 'th' is a different sound from 'Th' and 'TH'.

There are only two glides, or diphthongs, in Arabic. The first glides from 'a' to 'i' and gives an 'ay' sound as in the English word for bait; the second glides from 'a' to 'u' and gives the 'aw' sound as in the Arabic word mawt meaning 'death'.

One syllable of every Arabic word has more stress than the other syllables of that word. Much meaning is communicated in Arabic by the location of the stress. This is much truer than in most Western languages.

Vowels[edit]

Although some dialects have an 'e' and an 'o', there are only three phonemic vowels that are common to Arabic:

like 'a' in "apple"
like 'ee' in "cheese"
like 'oo' in "too"

Consonants[edit]

Characters marked by an asterisk (*) are ones that may prove more difficult for English speakers than the others.

a (ا) 
like 'aa' in "back"
b (ب) 
like 'b' in "bed"
t (ت) 
like 't' in "top"
th (ث) 
like 'th' in "think"
j (ج) 
like 'j' in "jump"
H (ح) * 
like 'h' in "ahem" (this sound is created by tightly constricting the throat muscles as you force air through; commonly referred to as "heavy h")
kh (خ) 
like like 'ch' in Scottish "loch" or German "nach" (this sound is similar to a gargled exasperation, as if someone were clearing his throat)
d (د) 
like 'd' in "dog"
Th (ذ) 
like 'th' in "that"
r (ر) 
like 'r' in "row", but produced a little further back in the mouth, by flicking the tongue of the roof of the mouth. When doubled, this letter becomes a rolled 'r'.
z (ز) 
like 'z' in "haze"
s (س) 
like 's' in "sing"
sh (ش) 
like 'sh' in "sheep"
S (ص) * 
like 's' in "saw" (this sound has more force than an English 's'; commonly referred to as "heavy s")
D (ض) * 
like 'd' in "dot" (this sound has more force than an English 'd'; commonly referred to as "heavy d")
T (ط) * 
like 't' in "taught" (this sound has more force than an English 't'; commonly referred to as "heavy t")
TH (ظ) * 
like 'th' in "other"
3 (ع) * 
a guttural sound produced in the throat, perhaps slightly resembling 'ei' in German "nein", or like the 'aa' in "aargh" (as an expression of frustration). Many foreigners have trouble with this letter, and you will generally be understood even if you don't manage to master it! (While there are different methods of transliterating this difficult character, most Arabs (and this phrasebook!) use the number 3 in informal transliteration because of its resemblance to the orginal Arabic letter)
gh (غ) * 
like French 'r' (this sound is a more guttural—or gargled—version of the English 'g')
f (ف) 
like 'f' in "fox"
q (ق) 
like 'g' in "got" or as a glottal stop (Jordanian Arabic only occasionally retains the standard Arabic pronunciation of this letter as similar to 'c' in "cat" but produced at the very back of the mouth.)
k (ك) 
like 'k' in "kitten"
l (ل) 
like 'l' in "lamb"
m (م) 
like 'm' in "mother"
n (ن) 
like 'n' in "noon"
h (ھ) 
like 'h' in "help"
w (و) 
like 'w' in "wow"
y (ي) 
like 'y' in "yes"
' (ء) 
a glottal stop (like the 't' in "better" if said with a cockney accent!)

Phrase list[edit]

Alternate versions of each word—used when addressing men, women, or groups—have been listed where applicable. Other variations include word differences if spoken by a male or a female. The Arabic words have been included although the spoken pronunciation may differ from the written script.

Basics[edit]

Common signs

OPEN 
مفتوح (maftooH)
CLOSED 
مسكر /مغلق (mughlaq/imsakir)
ENTRANCE 
مدخل (madkhal)
EXIT 
مخرج (makhraj)
PUSH 
ادفع (idfa3)
PULL 
اسحب (isHab)
TOILET 
حمام (Hammaam)
MEN 
رجال (rijaal)
WOMEN 
نساء (nisa' )
FORBIDDEN 
ممنوع (mamnuu3)


Hello. 
مرحبا (marHaba)
How are you? 
كيف حالك
  • (keef Haa'lak) - When speaking to a male; can be abbreviated kee fak
  • (keef Haa'lik) - When speaking to a female; can be abbreviated kee fik
  • (keef Haalkom) - When speaking to a group of two or more; can be abbreviated keef kom
Fine, thank you 
  • منيح(mniH) - Literally means "good"
  • كويس(kwayyis) - Literally means "good"
  • حمدلله(Hamdillah) - A very common phrase which can mean "Fine, thank you", but literally means "Praise be to God"
What is your name? 
شو اسمك؟
  • (shu ismak) - When speaking to a male
  • (shu ismik) - When speaking to a female
My name is ______ . 
اسمي ______ . (ismi _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
تشرفنا\فرصة صعيدة (Tsharrafna/ Forsa sa3eedeh)
Please. 
لو سمحت\أرجوك
  • (law samaHt/arjook) - When speaking to a male
  • (law samaHti/arjooki) - When speaking to a female
Thank you. 
شكرا\يسلم إيديك (shukran/yislimu idayk)
You're welcome. 
عفواً
  • ( 3afwan)
  • أهلا وسهلا( 'ahlan o sahlan) - Literally means "welcome" but is also used in this case
Yes. 
نعم\آه(na3am) or (aah)
No. 
لا (laa)
Excuse me. (getting attention or begging pardon
عفوا (afwan)
I'm sorry. 
آسف
  • ( 'ana assif) - If spoken by a man
  • ( 'ana assfeh) - If spoken by a woman
Goodbye 
مع السلامة (ma3 salama)
I can't speak Arabic [well]. 
ما بحكي عربي (منيح (ma baHki 3arabi [mniH])
Do you speak English? 
بتحكي انجليزي؟
  • (ibtiHki ingleezi?) - When speaking to a man or a woman
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
في حدا بيحكي انجليزي هون؟ (fi Hada biHki ingleezi hun?)
Help! 
إلحقوني(ilHaquuni!) - Literally means "follow me"
Look out! 
دير بالك
  • (deer balak!) - When speaking to a man
  • (deer balik!) - When speaking to a woman
Good morning. 
صباح الخير (SabaaH el-khair)
Good evening. 
مساء الخير (masa' el-khair)
Good night. 
تصبح على خير (tuSbaaH 3ala khair)
I don't understand. 
انا مش فاهم\ة
  • (ana mish faahim) - if you are male
  • ("ana mish faahmeh") - if you are female
  • (mish faahim/eh 3alayk) - Literally "I don't understand you"
Where is the toilet? 
وين الحمام (wayn il-Hammaam?)

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone. 
أتركني وشأني (siibni laHalli/itrikni)
Don't touch me! 
لأ تلمسني (ma talmisni/laa tseebnni)
Police! 
الشرطة (al-shurtah)
Stop! Thief! 
وقف يا حرامي (waqif ya Haarami)
I need your help. 
بحناج مساعدتك
  • (baHtaj musaa3adtak) - When addressing a man
  • (baHtaj musaa3adtik) - When addressing a woman
I'm lost. 
أنا ضائع
  • (ana Daayi3) - if you are male
  • (ana Day3a) - if you are female
I lost my bag. 
ضيعت شنتتي (Daaya3et shantiti)
I lost my wallet. 
ضيعت جسداني (Daaya3et jusdaani)
I'm sick. 
أبا مريض (ana mariiD)
I need a doctor. 
بدي دكتور (biddi doktor)
Can I use your phone? 
بصير أستخدم تلفونك؟ ( bSiir asta5dam telfonak?)

Numbers[edit]

The Arabic numeric characters are provided in place of the words due to their more common usage. Unlike Arabic script, Arabic numerals are printed from left to right. In the case where two pronunciations are provided, either can be used interchangably.

١ (waaHid)
٢ (tinain or ithnain)
٣ (talaata or thalaatha)
٤ (arba'a)
٥ (khamseh)
٦ (sitah)
٧ (saba'a)
٨ (thamaaniyeh or tamaaniyeh)
٩ (tisa'a)
10 
١٠ (asharah)
11 
١١ (iH'dash or H'dash)
12 
١٢ (it'nash or t'nash)
13 
١٣ (talaatash)
14 
١٤ (arba'tash)
15 
١٥ (khamistash)
16 
١٦ (sittash)
17 
١٧ (saba'tash)
18 
١٨ (tamaantash)
19 
١٩ (tisatash)
20 
٢٠ (ashriin)
21 
٢١ (waHid u' ashriin) - Literally "one and twenty"
22 
٢٢ (tinain u' ashriin) - Literally "two and twenty"
23 
٢٣ (talaata u' ashriin) - Literally "three and twenty"
30 
٣٠ (talaatiin)
40 
٤٠ (arba'iin)
50 
٥٠ (khamsiin)
60 
٦٠ (sittiin)
70 
٧٠ (saba'iin)
80 
٨٠ (tamaaniin)
90 
٩٠ (tisa'iin)
100 
١٠٠ (miiyeh)
200 
٢٠٠ (miitayn) - Literally "two [one] hundreds"
300 
٣٠٠ (talaat miiyeh)
1000 
١٠٠٠ (alf)
2000 
٢٠٠٠ (alfayn) - Literally "two [one] thousands"
1,000,000 
١٠٠٠٠٠٠ (milyon)
number _____ (train, bus, etc.
رقم _____ (raqam)
half 
نصف (nuuS)
less 
اقل (aqal)
more 
اكثر (akthar)

Time[edit]

now 
هلا (halla)
later 
بعدين (baa'dain)
before 
قبل (qabil)
morning 
صباح (SaabaH)
afternoon 
بعد الظهر (ba'ad id-duhur) - Literally "after the noon"
evening 
مساءاً (masa)
night 
ليلاً (layl)

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock AM 
(issa3a waHdeh [SobiH])
two o'clock AM 
(issa3a tintayn [SobiH])
noon 
(issa3a itna'ash)
one o'clock PM 
(issa3a waHdeh [ba3ad id-duhur])
two o'clock PM 
(issa3a tintayn [ba3ad id-duhur])

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
_____ دقيقة
  • (da'ii'a or dagiiga) - 1 minute
  • (da'ii'tayn or dagiigatayn) - 2 minutes
  • (da'ayi' or dagayig) - 3 to 10 minutes (example: khams dagayig = 5 minutes)
  • (da'ii'a or dagiiga) - 11 minutes and above (example: khamistaashar dagiga = 15 minutes)
_____ hour(s) 
_____ ساعة
  • (sa3a) - 1 hour
  • (sa3atayn) - 2 hours
  • (sa3aat) - 3 to 10 hours (example: khams sa3aat = 5 hours)
  • (sa3a) - 11 hours and above (example: khamistaashar sa3a = 15 hours)
_____ day(s) 
_____ يوم
  • (yawm) - 1 day
  • (yawmayn) - 2 days
  • (ayyaam) - 3 to 10 days
  • (yawm) - 11 days and above
_____ week(s) 
_____ اسبوع
  • (usbuu3) - 1 week
  • (usbuu3ayn) - 2 weeks
  • (asaabii3) - 3 to 10 weeks
  • (usbuu3) - 11 weeks and above
_____ month(s) 
_____ شهر
  • (shahir) - 1 month
  • (shahrayn) - 2 months
  • (tush-hur) - 3 to 10 months
  • (shahir) - 11 weeks and above
_____ year(s) 
_____ سنة
  • (sana) - 1 year
  • (sanitayn) - 2 years
  • (siniin or sanawaat) - 3 to 10 years
  • (sana) - 11 years and above

Days[edit]

today 
البوم (il yawm)
yesterday 
امبارح(imbaariH)
tomorrow 
بكرة (bukra)
this week 
هذا الاسبوع (had al-usbuu3)
last week 
الأسبوع الماضي\ قبل أسبوع (gabil usbuu3 or al-usbuu3 al-maDi)
next week 
الأسبوع الجاي\ بعد أسبوع (ba'ad uusbuu'a or al-usbuu3 al-jayy)
Sunday 
الأحد ([yawm] il-aHad)
Monday 
الاتنين ([yawm] it-tinayn or il-itnayn)
Tuesday 
الثلاثة ([yawm] it-talaata)
Wednesday 
الأربعة ([yawm] il-arba3a)
Thursday 
الخميس ([yawm] il-khamiis)
Friday 
الجمعة ([yawm] il-juma'a)
Saturday 
السبت ([yawm] is-sabt)

Months[edit]

The following months coordinate with the Islamic calendar and is used only for Muslim holidays. Generally, the Gregorian calendar is used. When defining a month, however, most people use the month numbers (like shahir waaHid, which means "month one" or January).

January 
كانون الثاني (kaanuun it-taani)
February 
شباط (shbaaT)
March 
اذار ( 'aaThaar)
April 
نيسان (niisaan)
May 
ايار ( 'ayyaar)
June 
حزيران (Huzayraan)
July 
تموز (tammuuz)
August 
اّب ( 'aab)
September 
ايلول ( 'ayluul)
October 
تشرن الأو (tishriin il'awwal)
November 
تشرن الثاني (tishriin it-taani)
December 
كانون الأول (kaanuun il'awwal)

Colors[edit]

Each Arabic color has a masculine and feminine form. Only the masculine forms are displayed here.

black 
اسود (aswad)
white 
ابيض (abyaD)
gray 
رمادي (ramaadi or sakini)
red 
احمر (aHmar)
blue 
ازرق (azraq)
yellow 
اصفر (aSfar)
green 
اخضر (akhDar)
orange 
برتقاني (burtu'aani)
purple 
نحدي (naHadi)
brown 
بني (bunni)

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
قديش تزكرة ل...؟ (oddaysh [tazkara] la____)
One ticket to _____, please. 
تزكرة ل____, لو سمحت\ بدي أروح ع____, لو سمحت (tazkara la____, law samaHt or biddi aruuH 3a ____, law samaHt (literally: "I want to go to ____, please")
Where does this train/bus go? 
لوين رايح هاد الباص\ القطار؟ (la wayn raayiH had al-baS/al-qiTar?)
Where is the bus to _____? 
من وين بيطلع الباص ل...؟ (min wayn biTla3 ilbaS la____?)
Does this bus stop in _____? 
هاد الباص بوقف ب____؟ (Had il-baS biwa'if bi____?)
When does the bus for _____ leave? 
إيمتى بيطلع الباص ل____؟ (aymta biTla3 ilbaS la____?)
When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
_____? (...)

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ? 
_____ كيف أوصل (kiif awSal _____?)
...the train station? 
محطة القطار (maHaTaف al-qaTaar)
...the bus station? 
موقف الباص (maw'if al-baaS)
...the airport? 
المطار (al-maTaar)
...downtown? 
وسط البلد (wasaT il-balad)
...the _____ hotel? 
فندق (il-funduq _____)
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
السفاره (is-safaareh)
  • American: (is-safaareh al-amerikiyyi)
  • Canadian: (is-safaareh al-kanadiyah)
  • Australian: (is-safaareh al-aastraliyah)
  • British: (is-safaareh al-baritaniyah)
Where are there a lot of... 
أين يوجد _____ كثير (wayn fi _____ ktiir?)
...hotels? 
فنادق (fanaadiq)
...restaurants? 
مطاعم (moTaa'aim)
...sites to see? 
اماكن تاريخية (amaakin taariikhiyeh) - Literally "historical places"
Can you show me on the map? 
أريني ذاك الخارطة (farjiini ala al-khaariTah)
street 
شارع (shar'iah)
Turn left. 
خذ يسار (lif shmaal)
Turn right. 
خذ يمين (lif yaamiin)
left 
يسار (shmaal or yasaar)
right 
يمين (yaamiin)
straight ahead 
مستقيم (dugri)
towards the _____ 
_____ تجاه (tijaah)
past the _____ 
_____ بعد (ba'ad _____)
before the _____ 
_____ قبل (qabil _____)
Watch for the _____. 
انتبه (dir balak)
intersection 
مفترق طرق (taqaaTa'a)
north 
شمال (shmaal)
south 
جنوب (junuub)
east 
شرق (sharq)
west 
غرب (gharb)
uphill 
أعلى الجبل (ala jabal) - Literally "on the hill"; one may also use fuuq, which means "up" or "above"
downhill 
تحت (taHt) - Literally means "down"

Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
تكسي (taksi)
Take me to _____, please. 
_____ أريد الذ هاب الي
  • (biddi 'aruuH ah _____ law samaHt) – Literally "I want to go to _____,if you please."
  • (bidna naruuH ah _____ law samaHt) – Literally "We want to go to _____, if you please."
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
كم سيكلف (aysh huwwa thaman fi...) – Literally "What is the cost for..."

Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available? 
هل يوجد غرف فارغة؟ (fi guraf faaDiyeh)
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
ما هي التكلقة (qadaysh bitkalif [lilwaaHid/lilshakhSayn]) – Literally "What cost [for one/for two people]"
Does the room come with... 
هل يوجد في الغرفة (fi bil gurfeh...)
...bedsheets? 
شراشف؟... (sharaashif)
...a bathroom? 
همام؟... (hamaam)
...a telephone? 
تلفون؟... (telefuun)
...a TV? 
تافزيون؟... (televeesion)
May I see the room first? 
هل يمكنني رؤية الغرفة أولاً؟ (mumkin 'ashuuf ilgurfeh?)
Do you have anything bigger? 
هل يوجد غرفة أكبر؟ (fi gurfeh akbar?)
...cleaner? 
أنظف؟... ('anDaf?)
...cheaper? 
أرخص... ('arkhas?)
OK, I'll take it. 
موافق (kwayyis, raH 'akhudha)
I will stay for 1 night/2 nights/____ nights. 
(biddi a'3od layleh/laylatayn/____layaali)
Can you suggest another hotel? 
هل يوجد فنادق أخري في المنطقة؟ (fi fanaadiq taaniyeh [bil manTa'a])
Do you have a safe? 
هل يوجد لديكم؟ (fi a'indkum khazneh)
Is breakfast/supper included? 
هل هذا يتضمّن الفطور/العشاء (hadda ma3 il-faTuur/il-3asha)
Please clean my room. 
(mumkin tanaTHif ghurfiti, law samaHt)
I want to check out. 
(biddi 'adfa'a al-Hasaab)

Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
هل تقبل دولارات؟ (btiqbal dulaaraat?)
Do you accept British pounds? 
هل تقبل باند انكليزي؟ (btiqbal pound enkliizi?)
Do you accept credit cards? 
هل تقبل فيسا؟ (btiqbal visa?)
Where can I get money changed? 
أين يوجد صرّاف؟ (wayn fi Sarraaf?)
What is the exchange rate? 
ما هوا سعر الدولار؟ (qadaysh si3ir al-[dollar]?)
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
أين يوجد جهاز سحب آلي؟ (wayn fi jihaz saHib aalii?)

Eating[edit]

Can I look at the menu, please? 
لائحة الطعام لو سمحت (aa'Tini laa'ihah, law samaHt)
I'm a vegetarian. 
انا نباتي (ana nabaati)
breakfast 
فطور (faTuur)
lunch 
غداء (ghada' )
supper 
عشاء ( asha)
I want _____. 
_____ أريد (biddi)
chicken 
دجاج (jaaj)
beef 
عجل ( ajl)
fish 
سمك (samak)
pork 
خنزير (khanziir) - note pork is not widely available and outside of Christian areas you may not receive a friendly response if you ask for it!
cheese 
جبنة (jibneh)
eggs 
بيض (bayD)
salad 
سلطة (salaTa)
(fresh) vegetables 
خضار (khoDar [Tazeh])
(fresh) fruit 
فواكه (fawaakeh [Tazeh])
Arabic (flat)bread 
خبز (xubiz)
sliced bread 
توست (toast)
toast 
محمّر (mHammar) - Literally "slightly browned"
pasta 
معكرونة (maa'karunah)
rice 
رزّ (ruzz)
beans 
فول (fuul)
May I have a glass of _____? 
_____اعطتني كاسة (aa'tiini kaasit _____, law samaHt) - Literally "give me a glass of _____, if you please."
May I have a cup of _____? 
_____ اعطتيني فنجان (aa'tiini finjaan _____, law samaHt)
May I have a bottle of _____? 
_____ اعطيني قنينة (aa'tiini ganiinit _____, law samaHt)
coffee 
قهوة (gahweh)
tea (drink
شاي (shay)
juice 
عصير (aa'Siir)
(bubbly) water 
مياه غازية (miyeh gaziyeh)
water 
مياه (maiy)
beer 
بيرة (biirah)
May I have some _____? 
اعطيني _____ لو سمحت (aa'tiini _____, law samaHt) - Literally "give me _____, if you please."
salt 
ملح (milH)
black pepper 
فلفل أسود (filfil 'aswad)
butter 
زبدة (zibdeh)
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
عفواً ('afwan) or لو سمحت (law samaHt)
I'm finished. 
شبعت (shabi3it - literally, "I'm full/satisfied") or خلصت(khallaSt)
It was delicious. 
زاكي (kan ktir zaaki)
The check, please. 
الفاتورة لو سمحت (laHsaab, law samaHt)

Shopping[edit]

Do you have this in my size? 
عندك مقاسي؟
  • (indak maqaasi) - When speaking to a male
  • (indik maqaasi) - When speaking to a female
How much is this? 
ما ثمن هذا؟ (qaddaysh ha' hadda?)
That's too expensive. 
غالي كتير (hadda gali ktiir)
Would you take _____? 
سأدفع لك _____ فقط (raaH adfa'alak...) - Literally "I'm going to pay you..."
expensive 
غالي (gali)
cheap 
رخيص (raxiis)
I can't afford it. 
ما معي كفاية (ma ma9i kifaayeh) - Literally "I don't have enough"
I don't want it. 
لاأريد هذا (ma biddi ya)
You're cheating me. 
انت تغشني (inta bitgushni)
I'm not interested. 
ابا غير مهتم (ana mish mohtam)
OK, I'll take it. 
ابا موافق (Tayyib,ana muwaffiq)
Can I have a bag? 
أعطيني كيس لو سمحت (a'tiini kiis, law samaHt)
Do you ship (overseas)? 
بتشحن؟ (mumkin btishHam?)
I need... 
أحتاج (a'Htah...)
...toothpaste. 
معجون أسنان (ma'juun asnaan)
...a toothbrush. 
فرشاية أسنان (furshayit asnaan)
...tampons. 
كتكس (kotex)
...soap. 
صابون (Saabuun)
...shampoo. 
شامبو (shaambuu)
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
مسكّن (musakkin') - Literally "coming down"
...cold medicine. 
دواء رشح (dawa' rasheH)
...stomach medicine. 
دواء للمعدة (dawa' lil ma'deh)
...a razor. 
شفرة حلاقة (shafrah xilaaqah)
...an umbrella. 
شمسيّة (shamsiyyeh)
...sunblock lotion. 
دواء للشمس (dawa' lil shams) - Literally "medicine for the sun"
...a postcard. 
كرت (kart)
...postage stamps. 
طوابع (tawaaba)
...batteries. 
بطاريات (baTaariyaat)
...writing paper. 
ورق (waraq)
...a pen. 
قلم (qalam)
...English-language books. 
كتب اللغة الانكلزية (kutuub illugah ingliziyah)
...English-language magazines. 
مجلاّت اللغة الانكلزية (majellaat illugah ingliziyah)
...an English-language newspaper. 
جريدة اللغة الانكلزية (jariideh illugah ingliziyah)
...an English-English dictionary. 
قاموس اللغة الانكلزية (qaamus illugah ingliziyah)

Driving[edit]

I want to rent a car. 
I want to rent a car. (beddi asta'jer seyara)
Can I get insurance? 
Can I get insurance? (bagdar akhod ta'meen...)
stop (on a street sign
stop (waggef)
one way 
one way (...)
yield 
yield (...)
no parking 
no parking (mamnoo' el wogoof...)
speed limit 
speed limit (el sora'a ')
gas (petrol) station 
gas station (kazeyeh...)
petrol 
petrol (banzeen)
diesel 
diesel (deezel...)

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong. 
I haven't done anything wrong. (...)
It was a misunderstanding. 
It was a misunderstanding. (...)
Where are you taking me? 
Where are you taking me? (...)
Am I under arrest? 
Am I under arrest? (...)
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. (...)
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
I need to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. (...)
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
I want to talk to a lawyer. (...)
Can I just pay a fine now? 
Can I just pay a fine now? (...)

Learning more[edit]

This is where you would give more information on learning the language, such as links to online courses or textbooks, suggestions for in-person courses to take, or pointers to a dictionary or two.

How do you say _____ in Arabic? 
How do you say _____ ? (...)kiif bitquul___ bil Arabi?
What is this/that called? 
What is this/that called? (...)shu isim haada?
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