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Working with Verbs in Arabic

You'll be very pleased to know that verb tenses in Arabic, when compared to other languages, are fairly straightforward. Basically, you only need to be concerned with two proper verb forms: the past and [more…]

Creating Simple, Verb-Free Sentences in Arabic

There are two ways to form sentences in Arabic: You can manipulate definite and indefinite nouns and adjectives, or you can pull together nouns, adjectives, and verbs. In Arabic, it's possible to create [more…]

Understanding the Interaction between Nouns and Adjectives in Arabic

Nouns and adjectives go hand in hand, and in Arabic you can manipulate nouns and adjectives to create little phrases. Unlike in the English language, nouns in Arabic always come before the adjective. [more…]

How to Pronounce Arabic Sounds

To be understood in Arabic, you need to recognize and know how to pronounce some distinct sounds that differ from English, or don't exist in English at all. The Arabic sound system isn't as different from [more…]

How to Ask Questions in Arabic

How do you ask basic questions in Arabic? Well, Arabic interrogative words mean the same as they do for English: who, what, when, where, why, and how. By knowing basic Arabic interrogatives, you'll be [more…]

Common Conversational Words and Phrases in Arabic

By mastering the basics of polite conversation in Arabic, you put yourself and the person you're talking to at ease. Everyone should learn essential Arabic conversational words and phrases before traveling [more…]

Arabic Greetings and Good-Byes

When traveling in Arabic-speaking countries, you'll find that the words and phrases you use most frequently will be the common Arabic greetings. These words and phrases will quickly become second nature [more…]

Arabic Travel-Related Words and Phrases

Traveling in Arabic-speaking countries can be confusing especially if you can't read the signs or understand the instructions you're given. Learning a few useful Arabic travel-related words and phrases [more…]

How to Ask for and Understand Directions in Arabic

Exploring Arabic-speaking countries can be quite an adventure, but you need to know how to ask for directions in Arabic and to understand what you're told. After all, if you don't understand the directions [more…]

How to Ask For Help in Arabic

Know how to ask for help in Arabic before you have an actual emergency. By learning a few simple Arabic words and phrases for emergencies, you can save valuable time in a crisis. [more…]

How to Make Introductions in Arabic

Learning the proper way to make introductions in Arabic can help you get off to the right start. The Arabic language tends to be a bit more formal than American English. Consequently, introductions in [more…]

Money and Banking Phrases in Arabic

Traveling internationally can be expensive, so it's crucial to have a good understanding of money and banking phrases in Arabic before traveling to the Middle East. Whether you're just visiting or you're [more…]

Arabic Vocabulary for Shopping

One of the best ways to explore another country is to go shopping. Whether you're shopping for clothes, food, or souvenirs, you can use the following phrases in any Arabic-speaking country to help you [more…]

How to Make Small Talk in Arabic

Making small talk in Arabic is just the same as in English. Touch on familiar topics like jobs, sports, children — just say it in Arabic! Small talk describes the brief conversations that you have with [more…]

How to Order Food in Arabic

Knowing how to order food in Arabic is essential, whether you're on a short visit to the Middle East or planning to live there. Put some some basic Arabic restaurant [more…]

How to Say Dates and Times in Arabic

When making plans, appointments, and travel arrangements in Arabic-speaking countries, you need to be able to state dates and other calendar terms in Arabic. Understanding the days of the week, the months [more…]

How to Count in Arabic

Using Arabic for numbers and counting can be a bit tricky if you need to work extensively with numbers, such as in mathematics and accounting. Arabic number can be confusing because the rules change depending [more…]

Speaking Arabic at Work and School

Speaking Arabic at work and school doesn't have to be complicated. Whether you're looking for a job in an Arabic-speaking country or just need to talk with your coworkers or classmates there, you'll need [more…]

Islamic Terms Useful in Understanding the Middle East

Islam is the predominant religion in the Middle East, so if you’re interested in Middle Eastern issues, you need to be familiar with some of basic Islamic terms and concepts. The following list explains [more…]

Forming the Present Tense Verb in Arabic

In Arabic, the system of prefixes and suffixes that make up the present tense are the same in all of the ten verb forms. You use these all the time. Remember that you can form the future tense just by [more…]

The Arabic Letters

The following tables show the Arabic alphabet and their English transliteration characters. The consonants are in the traditional order of the Arabic alphabet, which you need to know in order to look things [more…]

Forming the Past Tense Verb in Arabic

In Arabic, the past tense is produced with a system of suffixes. You use the same suffixes regardless of which of the ten verb forms you're using. Here's a table showing the past tense of typical Form [more…]

Intermediate Arabic For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you want to become a more fluent speaker and writer of Arabic, you need to understand the Arabic alphabet, which orders the letters differently from the languages you may be used to. Knowing how to [more…]

Greeting, Meeting, and Expressing Yourself in Arabic

Whether you're dealing with business or pleasure, make sure you know how to greet and get acquainted with people. Some common Arabic greetings and other phrases you'll need for polite conversation include [more…]

Days of the Week in Arabic

When making plans and appointments, you need to know the days of the week in Arabic to avoid any confusion. Here are the days of the week: [more…]

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