Useful Arabic Phrases

Arabic is the official language of Lebanon, but English and French are also spoken. Here you will find some common words in the spoken Arabic language. Learn some useful Arabic phrases that you can use in everyday life in Lebanon.

Select from one of the categories below:

Greetings
Hi:
marhaba
Hi (response):
marhabtain
Goodbye:
ma’a salaama / Allah ma’ak
Good morning:
sabah al-khayr
Good morning (response):
sabah al-noor
Good evening:
masa’ al-khayr
Good evening (response):
masa ‘an-noor
Good night:
tisbah ‘ala khayr
Good night (response):
wa inta min ahlu
Yes:
na’am / aiwa
Yeah:
ay
No:
la
Please (request):
iza bitreed / iza bitreedi (male / female)
Please (polite):
law samaht / law samahti (male / female)
Please (come in):
tfaddal / tfaddali (male / female)
Thank you:
shukran / merci
Thank you very much:
shukran kteer
You’re welcome:
‘afwan or tikram / tikrami (male / female)
One moment please:
lahza min fadlak / fadlaki (male / female)
Pardon / excuse me:
‘afwan
Sorry:
aasif / aasifa (male / female)
No problem:
mafi mushkili
Never mind:
ma’alesh
Just a moment:
lahza
Congratulations:
mabrouk
How are you?:
kifak? / kifik? (male / female)
Fine thank you:
bikher il-hamdu lillah
What’s your name?:
shu-ismak? / shu ismik? (male / female)
My name is…:
ismi…
Pleased to meet you:
tsharrafna
Where are you from…?:
min wayn inta? / inti? (male/ female)
I’m from …:
ana min…
Do you like…?:
inta bitheb? / inti bithebi? (male / female)
I like…:
ana bheb…
I don’t like…:
ana ma bheb…